Michel C. Schuler

Michel C. “Mike” Schuler of the Town of Wescott passed away peacefully at home in the arms of his loving wife on Aug. 18, 2018, at the age of 75 after fighting a courageous battle with leukemia. He was born June 27, 1943, in Manitowoc, the fourth of five sons to the late Fredrick “Fritz” and Evelyn (Kraft) Schuler. He graduated from Manitowoc Lincoln High School.

Since moving to the Town of Wescott, he has touched the lives of many people from opening a restaurant, Schuler’s Rustic Inn, where friends and family gathered to serving his community. He was the chairman of the Town of Wescott for 30 years, the longest serving chairman in the town’s history. He was president of the Shawano Lake Sanitary District and Wolf Treatment Plant for 26 years as well as chairman of the Shawano County Solid Waste Management Board since its inception. Mike was president and CEO of the corporation that owns the Elizabeth Street Business Complex. He served on the Shawano County Board for 12 years and was instrumental in starting the Drug Take Back program in Shawano County in 2008 as well as setting up the drug dropboxes. Mike was also a member of the newly created Drug Task Force Committee. He and Melissa volunteered at Navarino Nature Center and were on the Toys for Tots Committee.

Those left to share his memory are his beloved and devoted wife of 33 years, Melissa, who was by his side as he fought to overcome his illness. His positive attitude never wavered. He is further survived by his daughter, Rhonda Schuler, of Green Bay; his son Craig (fiancée Nicole Leanna) Schuler, of Green Bay; granddaughter, Mychaylla (Andy) Loret, of Green Bay, who also helped with his caregiving at home; grandson, Montana Diehm, of Luxemberg; four brothers, Douglas “Doug” (Marjorie Hicks) Schuler, of Colorado, Robert “Bob” (Elaine) Schuler, of Clintonville, Richard “Dick” (Gloria McPherson) Schuler, of California, and Fredrick “Fred” (Jan) Schuler, of Milwaukee. Also surviving are his father-in-law, Carl Bowen, of Shawano; sister-in-law, Colleen (Don) Black, of Lexington, Kentucky; brother-in-law, Jay (Lisa) Bowen, of Green Bay; and many special nieces and nephews.

Family and friends can gather at the Town of Wescott Office, N5794 Old Keshena Road, on Aug. 27, 2018, from 2-6 p.m. for Mike’s last town board meeting. Final agenda items will include sharing stories and memories supporting each other and celebrating the life of a great husband, father, friend and mentor.

Donations in Mike’s name can be made to the Shawano County Humane Society or the Navarino Nature Center.

“If there ever comes a day where we can’t be together, keep me in your heart. I’ll stay there forever.” — Winnie the Pooh

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” — Dr. Seuss

Swedberg Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.