Stanley N. Schauer
November 20, 1924 – March 2, 2018
Stan Schauer died on Friday, March 2 after being hospitalized following a fall. Both of his daughters and several family members were with him. He was 93 years old.
Stan was born in the Bronx, New York. He was an outstanding athlete, particularly in tennis, and during his years at DeWitt Clinton High School, he won many tournaments and held several city records. He would have gone to college on scholarship but was drafted immediately following graduation.
Stan served in the army for four years during World War II, landing in Normandy, following the first invasion. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and his company actually liberated a small concentration camp in Germany towards the end of the war. Like many veterans, Stan rarely talked about his experience in Europe until very recently, but clearly those years had a profound effect on him.
Stan told great stories, some of them true. He was an incredibly funny man, whose humor ranged from clever to silly. He had a joke for every situation, and most people who knew him well heard each one multiple times. People were always drawn to his spontaneity and playfulness and above all, he was fun to be around. Children and dogs adored him.
Stan met his wife, Joan, when they were teenagers. After breaking up several times over the years (he claimed she dated the entire offensive line of the high school football team), they married on July 18, 1948. Joan died in April and they would have been married 69 years on their next anniversary.
Although he worked as a salesman for most of his adult life, his main career and passion was working in several large resorts in the Catskill Mountains in New York - for 40 years at Kutsher’s County Club. He was employed as a tennis pro, a director of activities and later as a starter on the golf course. He mingled with famous entertainers and sports figures and this was the lifestyle that suited him best. Stan and Joan were “snow birds” who lived in Florida for winter months and the hotel for the rest of the year. About 4 years ago, they moved to Boulder to be closer to their family and resided at the Carillon facility.
Stan is survived by his daughters, Laura Uhls and Donna Kruger, his two sons-in-law Jeff Uhls and Irv Kruger, and 6 grandchildren, Anna, Alex and Grace Uhls and Elizabeth, Michael and Caroline Kruger. His last few months were very difficult for him, as he mourned his wife’s passing and struggled with memory loss; he would not have functioned without the help of Andrea DesLauriers, his aide, confidant and friend.
A memorial service will be held for both Stan and Joan on Sunday, April 22 at the Carillon.