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Joseph W. Schuld, III

February 22, 1935 February 24, 2021
Joseph W. Schuld, III
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Obituary for Joseph W. Schuld, III

Joseph W. Schuld, III of Wolverine Lake was born February 22, 1935 in Detroit, Michigan to Joseph W. and Violet Gertrude (nee: Durocher) Schuld, Jr. He died peacefully February 24, 2021 at the age of 86.

Mr. Schuld is the beloved husband of 64 years to Carol. Loving father of Joseph W. (Patricia) Schuld, Alan (Katharine) Schuld, Mary (Paul) Sheridan and the late Wendy Schuld. Also 9 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Dear brother of Robert (Betty) Schuld. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.

Mr. Schuld worked for 35 years at Chrysler as a Diemaker and cost estimator and was a proud member of the U.A.W. He was a Boy Scout Leader and was active at St. William Parish in Walled Lake where he served on the Worship Commission. He also served the Village of Wolverine Lake as a member of the Planning Commission and Water Board Member.

The following Eulogy was written and read by his son Joe:
Early last fall, I was in my garage in Franklin, TN, looking at an old broom that had seen its day and wondered why I thought about cutting off the brush. But, a month or so later I was cleaning out my father’s garage over a weekend. After the first day, I had come across a few former broom handles stuck in a corner, the next day I found a few more and mentioned it my brother Al, who came over the next day and started to laugh, exclaiming, “Here’s more broom handles!”

In all, we found about a dozen broom handles with no brushes. For Dad, you never knew when you could use a broom handle. He had so much stuff in that garage, it took 3 full days to clean. But he loved being in that garage.

Dad was born in ‘35, named after his father who was named after his father – Joseph William Schuld III! He was the only person in our family history with a numeral in his name, at least before email. They called him “Sonny”. His mother was Violet.

“Sonny” was born during the depression, grew up in a world war and was a teenager just before rock and roll. He helped his Dad build a cabin on Duck Lake, was a Boy Scout and played high school football, a letterman at Salesian, a good “Catholic Boy”.

Then, he had to find a job. He was a porter for a dealership, prepping cars for their new owners. He told me a story about racing a brand new ’56 Corvette on the roads around city airport. But he needed to figure out what to do with his life and a talk with his Dad led to a tool-and-die apprenticeship at Chrysler and a job on the line. He bought a maroon ’49 Pontiac. Dad was, officially, a “Car Guy”.

Around the corner from his family home on Detroit’s East Side, he noticed a young girl named Carol on Sundays during mass at St. Raymond’s. Meanwhile, she noticed him washing that ’49 Pontiac. Finally, they were introduced by their best friends, who were dating and Dad took Mom to her Senior Prom. The next year, Sonny 22 and Carol 19, were married at St. Raymond’s Catholic Church, then took off on a honeymoon to the Smokey Mountains and Florida, Dad with his dream girl in his dream car, a blue-on-blue ’56 Dodge Desoto Fireflite.

Ten-and-a-half months later, I was born and I was named after my father who was named after his father who was named after his father and called “Joey”. Dad was buying a house in Madison Heights and was very happy living the American Dream, becoming a “Family Man”.

Suddenly, as happens when a brain aneurysm ambushes its victim, he lost his father at only 23 years of age, with a young wife, a baby and a new home, his guiding force no longer there to give him advice.

As you feel your grief today, imagine how he must have felt at that time. Until the day he died he carried in his wallet a picture of that ’49 Pontiac, a picture of the “Log Haven” cabin he built with his father, and a picture of his Dad holding the only grandchild he would know. While Sonny lost his Father, he did not lose his Faith.

Soon, by the next fall, Alan Michael was born, followed 16 months later by Wendy Ann and 3 years later by Mary Margaret. He raised his family in Madison Heights and almost every weekend and summer they were out at Duck Lake. Joe would come out for the weekends, then head into the city to work.

Pretty soon, he found a small house on Wolverine Lake and moved the family there and built his paradise with Carol, starting with the garage, becoming “Tool Monster”. I found 14 different kinds of saws in his garage when I was cleaning and other tools still in plastic wrapping, even some in the trunk of his convertible.

You could sum it up that he was a Catholic Boy who became a Car Guy, turned into a Family Man and then a Tool Monster. But that wouldn’t be all of it. He worked hard, worked us hard and he loved to play, to go boating. He was an innovator. He was a builder. He was a scoutmaster. He was a coach. But most of all, he was Dad and Dad’s always have their moments, both good and bad. And we loved him. And we knew he loved us.

Dad lived with a lot of pain in his back that worked its way to his knees. We were fortunate to have him as long as we did. I know there were a lot of people he missed already in heaven – his daughter Wendy, his mother Violet and his Dad, Joe! He hadn’t seen him in 63 years.
Still, Dad didn’t want to leave. He had plans for the summer, he told me. When we visited for the last time, he whispered, “It all goes so fast.” I know it seems that way, I’m sure it will for all of us when our time comes. But he had a life well lived.

It was recently said to me that we’re all just “dust in the wind.” That none of us matter. We’ll all be forgotten. I don’t buy that because love wins. I don’t see dust when I look around at you. I see my father’s legacy. I see our family’s legacy. I see rocks, nothing but a solid family! And if he was here, he'd say, "It doesn't get any better than this."

Funeral mass from St. William Catholic Church, 531 Common Street Walled Lake, Tuesday, March 9th at 11 AM. Friends may gather beginning at 10:30 AM. Memorials to St. William Parish, Walled Lake or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital appreciated.

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Visitation

Tuesday

9

Mar

10:30 AM 3/9/2021 10:30:00 AM - 11:00 AM 3/9/2021 11:00:00 AM
St. William Catholic Church

531 Common Street
Walled Lake

St. William Catholic Church
531 Common Street Walled Lake
United States

Funeral Mass

Tuesday

9

Mar

11:00 AM 3/9/2021 11:00:00 AM
St. William Catholic Church

531 Common Street
Walled Lake

St. William Catholic Church
531 Common Street Walled Lake
United States

Memorial Contribution

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

St. William Parish

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