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Donald Schaller

April 3, 2018

 


Donald A.Schaller of Highland, IN passed on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at the grand age of 100. He is survived by the love of his life,  Elouise. They recently celebrated their 75th
wedding anniversary. He is further survived by his eldest son Arthur William ( late Anne ) Schaller of Vermont, loving daughters Susan ( Doug ) Beyerly of Missouri, Lynda ( Roger ) Rich of Wisconsin, six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was proceeded in death by his second son Mark Allan, grandson Peter Rich, and brother Richard Schaller. 
Donald grew up in Whiting, Indiana working at his parents grocery store, where he met his future wife Elouise. They married after he joined the Navy. Donald fought in the battle for Midway Islands which was considered a turning point in the war. Proudly he served in WW II, US Navy for 3 years, 7 months, and 15 days. Everyone that knew Don, knows how remarkable his memory was for facts and details!
Don worked at Standard Oil as an electrician, and refrigeration repair man before he & Elouise started their business on Kennedy Avenue, Calumet Rentalls. 
Don was a founding member of the Highland Model A Restorers Club in 1964, keeping up that membership and involvement to date.  He bought his first Model A, a 1932, in 1960, to be followed by a 1929 and a 1930, now driven by his son Arthur. The Model A adventures, road rallies, swaps & drive outs were a special part of his family and life. Don was also a great photographer, loved early morning Lighthouse shots especially. He enjoyed gardening, hiking, cars, cars, cars, active in his church, antiquing, a good laugh, and pie ala mode. More than anything, he valued people, honesty, and had a great work ethic. He was a giving friend, husband, father, grandfather...A true gentleman, a class act, a great role model,  a man of Honor. 

Visitation will be Sunday, April 8, 2018 at Hillside Funeral Home, 8941 Kleinman Road (1 block south of Ridge Road) Highland, IN from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m, Monday, April 9, 2018 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 3711 Ridge Road, Highland IN. Burial preceeding service at Ridgelawn Cemetery.  Donations in Don's memory can be made to the Salvation Army or Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.

For additional information, please contact Hillside Funeral Home & Cremation Center Konnie Kuiper-Kevin Nordyke by calling us at 219-838-0800 or visiting us at www.hillsidefhcares.com

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