Gerald George Schuler – was Born September 3, 1928 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is preceded in death by his parents George and Nellie, and sisters, Joyce Schuler and Pat Neitzel.
He is survived by his wife Carol (Zuengler), children Kurt Schuler, Mark (Tammy) Schuler, Kim (Cheryl) Schuler, Jeff (Nancy) Schuler, and Lynn (Carl) Keyes, 17 grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren. He is also survived by numerous beloved nieces, nephews, and in-laws, as well as many cherished friends.
Jerry’s love of family and strong work ethic were both forged early. At age 12 he lost his father. To help support his mother and sisters he took on several newspaper routes, raised chickens, and worked unpacking box cars. Like many young men his age, he wanted to join the army at age 17 and fight for his country. However, his mother would not sign the papers. On his 18th birthday he joined the Army, and served four years with the occupation force in Japan after WWII. He was very proud of his military service and talked about it often. It was his desire as a veteran, to be buried at Fort Logan in Denver.
Jerry held many jobs during his adult life. He worked for Northwest Airlines, Nash Motor Company, Twist Drill, Rhinelander Paper mill, and others. However, he was most happy and in his element when he was running his own business. He was a dreamer saw potential where others didn’t and worked hard to turn those dreams into reality. At age 27 he purchased lake-front property in northern Wisconsin to build a resort. At age 29 he married Carol. They moved to northern WI where they raised their five children. In 1976 he moved the family to Boulder, CO where they had purchased the Wagon Wheel Motel and Campground. They sold the motel in 1984 and purchased a laundromat in Boulder.
Owning his own businesses made Jerry a true jack-of-all trades. He watched others and learned or taught himself how to do everything from carpentry, electric, plumbing, roofing and more. These skills he proudly passed on to his children. He loved any and all remodel or landscaping project. Even after he retired, he was always willing to help any of his kids with building, electric or plumbing projects.
Jerry worked hard, but anyone who knew Jerry, knew he had a great sense of humor and loved to have fun: fishing, hunting, pontoon boat rides, snowmobiling, dart ball, dancing (Polkas), playing cards (Sheepshead), paintball, golfing, traveling in the motor home, Christmas, Easter, family reunions, and so much more.
Jerry was a kind and caring person, always willing to help others. He especially loved his wife and family. His faith was important to him and he made sure his children knew their Savior as well. Jerry will be missed by all, but we know he is finally home with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…. Probably building a big deck on the front of his Father’s house and planting grapevines around all of the corner posts. ☺
A service to celebrate Gerald will be held at a later date. Please check back for details.
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