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Muehlig Funeral Chapel

403 South Fourth Ave, Ann Arbor, MI

OBITUARY

Paul R. Scheffler

August 8, 1920May 31, 2019
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Paul Scheffler, of Ann Arbor, Michigan passed away peacefully at home on Friday May 31, 2019, at the age of 98. Paul (one of 13 siblings) was born August 8, 1920 to the late Mae and Paul Scheffler. Paul is survived by his; beloved daughters Deb (Steve) Spencer and Linda (Timothy) McCarthy; dearest grandchildren Josie McCarthy, James (Jesse) Spencer, Mark (Angela) Spencer, Michelle Spencer; sweet great grandchildren Sean, Addison and Jordyn Sieg, Skyler Spencer and his special nephew and his wife Fred and Darlene Scheffler.

Paul was preceded in death by his cherished wife Shirley Ann Crippin, with whom he spent 66 wonderful years of marriage. Paul was also preceded in death by his dear granddaughter Makayla Sieg. Paul was a lifelong Ann Arborite. During his lifetime, he worked many different jobs. He retired after 35 years in 1981, from the City of Ann Arbor as a foreman for the street department in charge of snow removal and street repair.

Paul was a veteran of the United States Marine Corp and proudly served his country in World War II. Serving in the Pacific, Paul participated in action against the enemy in Kwajalein, Guam, and Iwo Jima. Paul was an amphibian tank driver and was one of the first tanks on the beach at Iwo Jima and served his country from 1943 to 1945. In recognition of his service to our nation, we owe him and his family a debt of gratitude.

Paul was proud to be an active member of the Graf O’hara VFW Post 423 until his death. In 1950, he married the love of his life, Shirley, and they were blessed with two beautiful daughters. Paul was a loving and dutiful father, always ensuring his family was cared for and loved. Paul greatest joy in life was being with his family and friends. Paul loved the outdoors which is reflected in his love of camping and gardening. Paul was a friend to all animals. Although he started late in life, he was passionate about golf especially when playing with his two sons-in-law. He also enjoyed creating woodworking projects and giving them to family and friends.

A visitation for Paul will be held Wednesday, June 5, 2019 from 4-8pm at Muehlig Funeral Chapel, 403 S. 4th Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI. A funeral service will be held in celebration of Paul's life on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 11am at Muehlig Funeral Chapel. Following the funeral, the burial will occur at Arborcrest Cemetery, Ann Arbor MI.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Graf O’Hara VFW Post 423 for their scholarship fund to send children of Veterans’ to Camp Trotter or Arbor Hospice

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared in the Guest Book.

  • FAMILY

  • The Late Paul Scheffler, Father
  • The Late Mae Smith, Mother
  • The Late Shirley Ann Crippin, Wife
  • Debra (Steven) Spencer, Daughter
  • Linda (Timothy) McCarthy, Daughter
  • The Late Makayla Sieg, Granddaughter
  • Josie McCarthy, Granddaughter
  • James (Jesse) Spencer, Grandson
  • Mark (Angela) Spencer, Grandson
  • Michelle Spencer, Granddaughter
  • Sean Sieg, Great Grandchild
  • Addison Sieg, Great Grandchild
  • Jordyn Sieg, Great Grandchild
  • Skyler Spencer, Great Grandchild
  • Fred (Darlene) Scheffler, Special Nephew

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, June 5, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, June 6, 2019
  • Burial Thursday, June 6, 2019

Memories

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James Spencer

June 6, 2019

"The idea is not to live forever, but to create something that will" - Andy Warhol

My grandfather lived almost 100 years (he passed away at 98), so it almost seemed at times as if he really would live forever.

He was certainly a creator, though.

His love of woodworking would always manifest itself over the holidays, where he would give family members projects and toys that he had lovingly worked on over the past year. He was extremely talented, and even after losing a thumb while sawing boards on a table saw in his seventies, he would create many things out of wood long into his nineties.

Ironically, his funeral and burial took place the same date as the 75th anniversary of D-Day. USMC Cpl. Paul Scheffler did not storm the beaches of Normandy, but he did serve with distinction in the Pacific Theater, including stops at Guam and Iwo Jima. He was an amphibious tank driver (DUKW's) that drove soldiers and materiel onto shore. In fact, he was one of the first Marines on Iwo Jima.

Now, anybody that knew my grandpa would tell you that he had a hard time opening up about his wartime experiences, but in the rare cases that he would, he would talk about them in detail. I was honored to have been able to hear him tell me some of his experiences on Iwo Jima, and the sheer horror of what he went through would have been unimaginable had he not confirmed it himself with his own words. With his wartime service and sacrifices, along with millions of Allied soldiers, my grandpa helped create postwar peace and prosperity for much of the world.

His most important creation, however, would be his family, whom he loved (and who loved him) more than anything.

My grandpa was always a man who was happy and stoic, who was genuinely appreciative of what he had. He is somebody who I have always looked up to, and I will always keep his memory close to my heart as someone to emulate, as someone who will always be loved.

Pam Gillen

June 5, 2019

Paul was also a second Dad to me. He was alway there for us at Lindas & my shop. He was not only helpful, he always had a way of making everything ok. He was a joy to be with. Probably the greatest person Ive had the pleasure to know & love. My husband Larry enjoyed him too. We would go to lunch and have a beer and laughs with him and Shirley. We will miss him.

Penny Sayer

June 2, 2019

Paul was like a second dad to me. He helped me to learn how to ride a bike.He made stilts for Linda and i. We use to play for hours and hours in the play house he built for Linda and Debbie. I will miss his smile.

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His gals

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First Pina Colada EVER