On January 16 Glenn Schueler said to the hospice nurse attending him "How long is this dying supposed to take?" And then while Diane held his hand and told him it was OK to "go be with Mom now" he passed from earthly life.
To Glenn, the most important thing was always FAMILY, and his favorite identity was as the patriarch. He is survived by his son, Jeffrey Glenn Schueler and his wife Sharon of Irving, TX and his daughter, Diane L. Schueler of Penllyn, PA. He is also survived by his loving grandchildren Jennifer Lee Engelke and her husband Darryl of Bossier City, LA and Jeffrey Scott Schueler of Frisco, TX; and six great-grandchildren that were a constant source of pride: Jake, Brian, Beth, and Mark Engelke of Bossier City, LA and Brayden and Annecy Schueler of Frisco, TX.
Born in Bloomfield, NJ, in 1922, Glenn was the second son of the late George and Phebe (nee Heckel) Schueler. One of his most vivid childhood memories was during the Great Depression, hearing his mother say at dinner "Go easy on the butter, your father lost his job today."
Glenn graduated from Bloomfield High School in the bottom third of his class, something he did not share with his children. While in high school he had worked multiple odd jobs from which his mother gleaned a portion of his pay. Before he started college at Susquehanna, his mother showed him the bank book with those deposits and informed him his money was going to be the first to finance his education. Glenn's academic performance improved substantially.
Waiting on tables in the dining room at Susquehanna he met the love of his life, Helen Louise Hocker, daughter of a Lutheran clergyman. Their courtship began when he brought her extra cookies and spanned several years. His "romantic "proposal included informing Helen that they were losing $96 a month in Navy supplements by not being married. They were married in April of 1945 and remained a united and devoted couple until Helen died in 2004.
Lieutenant Schueler was a treasurer of the US Navy Supply Corps during WWII from 1943 to 1946. Since his older brother George had died as a result of military service, Glenn was never stationed overseas, something he said he regretted.
He was employed by Socony Vacuum Oil Company in 1947 in the accounting department and after 35 years retired from Mobil Oil as Operations Manager of the Eastern Region overseeing some 45 terminals and lube plants. The people who worked for him referred to him as "Old Dad" and characterized him as demanding but fair. One of his bosses wrote this in a farewell letter: "As you reflect on your 35 years with Mobil I'm sure you take the greatest pride in your influence and effect on people. You have been a builder of men and women throughout the company." Glenn was very proud that "his" Mobil people kept in contact with him 36 years after he had retired.
One of Glenn's first projects upon retirement was to climb up on and repair the roof of an elderly couple who had to place buckets around their house every time it rained. In 1984 he was part of the group that started the Artman Golf Outing to benefit the benevolent care fund of Artman Lutheran Home. An active member of Upper Dublin Lutheran Church in Ambler he served as treasurer, on the church council and once spearheaded a successful fundraising effort to repair the roof of the church by asking people if they wanted to be rained on at their wedding. When his church sponsored a refugee family from communist Czechoslovakia, Glenn immediately offered employment to the "young father who needed a few bucks in his pocket". That resulted in a lasting relationship that included helping them purchase their first home. Glenn's devotion to his church and generosity to those in need will be remembered by many.
Glenn lived a long and full life and will be remembered with love by his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and his many many friends.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend Glenn's Memorial Service on Saturday, March 2, 2019 beginning at 11:00 AM at the Upper Dublin Lutheran Church, 411 Susquehanna Road, Ambler, PA. A luncheon will follow the service.
Glenn would not be honored by flowers. The family asks that anyone who wishes contribute would do so to one of the following:
Upper Dublin Lutheran - Church Capital Improvement Fund Click Here
411 Susquehanna Rd, Ambler PA 19002
Spring House Estates Click Here
728 Norristown Rd
Lower Gwynedd PA 19002
Samaritan Fund (for people who have outlived their assets) or Employee Emergency Fund to assist those who assisted him so tenderly.
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