Faith, Family, Farm, Friends, Future
Stuart Taylor Schlichtemeier passed peacefully from this earth February 15th at home with his loving wife and family at his side and dedicated Tabitha caregivers nearby.
Born February 28, 1920, the youngest son of Omer and Lena (Johnson) Schlichtemeier, he grew up on a farm near Mt. Pleasant Country School, graduated from Nehawka High School, graduated from Lincoln School of Commerce earning an assistantship in economics and accounting, and was quickly employed in the office at International Harvester in Grand Island. Having relatives in Wyoming, Stuart was later employed in the office of Stanolind Oil and Gas at Midwest, WY.
As WWII was heating up and many friends were enlisting, Stuart enlisted in the Navy. When more military were needed in the south Pacific, he was assigned duty in the Marines. After the War, he enrolled to complete his education at Nebraska Wesleyan University, where, like his older brothers, he was a member of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity. He was called home at the death of his father to assist with farming the home place.
Stuart and LaVera (Conn), who was teaching at Nehawka High School, were introduced in March 1947 by a mutual friend, Verle Pierce. And the rest is history. Married December 28th, 1947, they celebrated their 66th anniversary last year. Early on, Stuart and LaVera decided that their passion for nature-flora and fauna-would define their future. Stuart loved his Angus cattle and working the land. New agricultural and conservation practices were important to the couple and they received awards for their work. Stuart was delighted when his son Don joined the farming operation and they worked happily side by side for many years.
Stuart was a member of the Nehawka United Methodist Church for 72 years, and served in many roles from Sunday School Superintendent and MYF Leader, to Finance Chair and other roles. Education and conservation interests were intensely important in Stuart's life. He was committed to youth development and served as leader of the Cass County Ak-Sar-Ben Feeders 4-H livestock club for 12 years, member of Extension Board and many other agricultural and natural resources organizations. He and LaVera worked tirelessly on the Nehawka/Murray/Conestoga school planning committees.
Stuart was once described as a strong, but gentle, soul. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Robert Schlichtemeier and Dr. Ellis Schlichtemeier, and sister-in-law Louise (Rishel) Schlichtemeier. He is survived by his devoted wife LaVera of Murray, son and wife Don Stuart and Bonnie (Cramer) of Murray, daughters and husbands Sue and Wade Nutzman of Nehawka and Lori and Jerry Dworak of Boise, ID, grandchildren Ashley (Christopher) Bridges, Andrew Schlichtemeier, Amanda and Anthony Dworak, great-granddaughter Avery Bridges, sister-in-law Helen Schlichtemeier, and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Memorials are suggested to the Nehawka United Methodist Church General Fund, Cass County 4-H, or Conestoga Schools Education Fund.
Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church in Nehawka with burial in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery near Nehawka. Visitations will be 3:00 to 8:00 P.M. Tuesday at the church with the family greeting friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.
A Masonic Service will be conducted by Plattsmouth Lodge No. 6, A.F. & A.M. and is open to the public. Online condolences may be left at www.marshallfuneral.com. Marshall Funeral Chapel of Nebraska City is in charge of arrangements.