John Schuehrer, 85, of Drummond Island, was a decorated World War II veteran who served his country as an interpretor and who later developed the Birch Tree Resort and worked at Drummond Quarry. Mr. Schuehrer died Monday, July 10, 2006, at War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie.
He was born April 20, 1921, in Speyer, Germany, to Jacob and Marie (nee Mueller) Schuehrer.
His family moved to Cleveland, Ohio, in 1926. During World War II, Mr. Schuehrer served his nation in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1946. He was in the Normandy Invasion, in Central Europe conflicts, and in Northern France and Rhineland ground combat, among others. Mr. Schuehrer received the American Service Medal and the European African Medal, as well as the Middle Eastern Service Medal. He had extended service after the war, serving as an interpreter.
Mr. Schuehrer married Myrtle Smith February 9, 1944, at Fort Dix, New Jersey. For many years, he worked as a bricklayer in Ohio. The family moved to Drummond Island in 1962. Mr. and Mrs. Schuehrer developed the Birch Tree Resort, which they owned and operated for 15 years. After commuting downstate to work for a few years, he worked at the Drummond Quarry for 17 years before retiring.
Mr. Schuehrer attended the Lighthouse Christian Church and was a member of the Bricklayers Union and Steelworkers Union. He enjoyed fishing, boating, and traveling in the winter.
He is survived by his wife, Myrtle; two sons and their families, Daryl and Darla Schuehrer and David Lee Schuehrer, both of Drummond Island; three daughters and their families, Sandra and Jim Allen of Holt, June and Jim McHenry of Franklin, Tennessee, and Barbara and Robert Warner of Harrison Township; 13 grandchildren and their families, Dawn and Ed Wiklinski, John Schuehrer, Heather Schuehrer, Wayne Fairchild, Wendy and Romaro Maldonado, Lisa and Larry Cosby, Charles and Shannon Fairchild, Sarah Schuehrer, Jacob and Mindy Schuehrer, Jessica Schuehrer, Jacqueline Schuehrer, Justin Warner, and Carl Warner; and 10 great-grandchildren, Eddy Wiklinski, Tommy Wiklinski, Joey Wiklinski, Devin Yunker, Jeremy Burchette, Morgan Bosley, Lauren Bosley, Charles Fairchild, Lilly Schuehrer, and Cody Schuehrer. Also surviving are two sisters, Esther Schuehrer and Marion Schuehrer, both of Lorraine, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Hilda Schuehrer.
Services were held Friday, July 14, at 2 p.m. at Lighthouse Christian Church on Drummond Island with Pastor Loren Deal officiating. Visitation was held from 11 a.m. until the time of the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lighthouse Christian Church or to the Drummond Island Ambulance.
Reamer Galer Funeral Home of Pickford is serving the family.