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327 West King Street
Martinsburg, WV 25401
Phone: 304-263-8896
Fax: 304-263-9248
William Schuler

William Schuler

Friday, December 20th, 1929 Sunday, March 10th, 2019

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Obituary for William Franklin "Bill" Schuler

William “Bill” Franklin Schuler was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on December 20, 1929 to Clarence William Schuler and Margaret Jean Schuler (formerly Kowatch). Bill was the eldest of four children, followed by his sister Jean Ann Hurley and brothers Clarence William ‘Bud’ Schuler, Jr. and Donald Bertram Schuler.

Bill spent most of his early years in the Baltimore/Lombardee Beach, Maryland, area, where he met his wife of 69 years, Joan Marie Schuler (formerly Huber). He joined the Air Force in 1950 and served his country as a Staff Sergeant Air Policeman at Turner Air Force Base in Albany, Georgia and in Lakenheath, England, earning medals for Good Conduct and National Defense Service. Following his military service, Bill returned to Baltimore and devoted his career to working as a highly skilled and respected auto body and frame technician, spending most of his career at Brooklyn Motors/Inner Harbor Ford.

Bill and Joan raised three children, Pamela Marie Schmale, William “Butch” Robert Schuler, and Steven Owen Schuler, at their home on First Avenue in Ferndale, Maryland. They spent many family vacations fishing, hunting, and camping across the United States.

Following retirement, Bill and Joan moved to their weekend home near Sleepy Creek, just outside Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. There, Bill enjoyed woodworking, family visits, and the peaceful surroundings of what was fondly known to the entire family as “the cabin.” In 2000, Bill and Joan moved to their current residence in Martinsburg, West Virginia, where they joined the congregation of St. John’s.

Bill loved all his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. None were spared his well-meant (and often unsolicited) words of wisdom and guidance. His heart and soul, however, belonged to his beloved “Sweetie Pie,” Joan, who loved and cared for him until his passing on March 10, 2019.

A celebration of life will be held for Bill on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Martinsburg, WV.

The Schuler family cannot thank the staff of the Martinsburg, West Virginia, Veteran’s Administration enough for the care and assistance they provided to Bill over the years. Additional recent support was also provided by Hospice of the Panhandle. Please consider making a donation to the VA or Hospice in lieu of flowers.

Martinsburg VA Medical Center: https://www.martinsburg.va.gov/giving/index.asp

Hospice of the Panhandle: https://www.hospiceotp.org/donate/

Arrangements by Brown Funeral Home.

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    Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 | 2:00pm
    St. John's Lutheran Church, Martinsburg, WV
    101 W. Martin Street
    MARTINSBURG, WV
    Saturday, March 23rd, 2019
    2:00pm
    A Celebration of Life will be held.
    Officiant
    Rev. Matthew Day

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michele miller

Ms. Joan, Pam, Butch and Steve, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Willie. I can attribute alot of my childhood learning to his words of wisdom, guidance and advise. I think of your family often as the neighborhood has changed. I wish my grandchildren who are growing up in my parents house could have the neighbors that I did. Sending loving thoughts to you all.
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Cheryl J Skinner, Military Veterans Musuem

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time, May you come to know that the love of God is with you always, May your memories of William Franklin Schuler, give you peace, comfort and strength… Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete. I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers to the family of …. US Air Force Veteran, William Franklin Schuler, is “A True American Hero” God Bless† † Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †
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