Thomas “Tom” Edward Schuler, 90, passed away peacefully on Oct. 13, 2016, a few hours after the whole family was together to celebrate his life. They shared beautiful memories of a life well lived.
A celebration of life and blessing will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Storm Lake on Friday, Oct. 21, at 10:30 a.m. Visitation will be held prior to the funeral starting at 9 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery with military rites by Alta VFW. Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.
Tom was born July 21, 1926 outside Storm Lake in the same farm house where he and Pat raised their kids. He married the love of his life, Patricia Rose Belcher on June 7, 1948 and over the next 16 years welcomed eight children into the world.
Following a stint in the army and a short college career at Buena Vista, Tom was a lifelong farmer. He and Pat farmed the land and raised livestock until they retired at age 70.
Tom adored his “Trish.” He and Pat enjoyed golfing, traveling, going to movies, vacationing with family in Okoboji and their retirement years in Yuma, Ariz. Tom loved all sports but especially golf. He was proud to get a hole-in-one. Of course, “Trish” got two holes-in-one to show him who ruled the golf course! Tom’s dark hair, thick mustache and short shorts made him a very stylish farmer! He made his time farming more enjoyable by blaring his favorite music over his outdoor speakers way before outdoor speakers were cool.
Tom is survived by the love of his life, Patricia; son, Steve Schuler and his wife, Rose Ann; daughter, Barb Anderson and her husband, Skoog; daughter, Patti McKenna and her husband, Jon; daughter, Mindy Demers and her partner, Paul Anderson; daughter, Kelly Schuler and her husband, Rod Snavely; and son, Shane Schuler and his wife, Jonna; along with 16 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and his sister, Evelyn Hanson.
Tom was preceded in death by his infant son, Jon; daughter, Cindy Molgaard; son-in-law, Ed Demers; parents, Herman and Kate Schuler; siblings: Leo Schuler, Delma Wilbur, Katie Benberg and an infant sister.