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Hockemeyer Funeral Home

17629 State Road 37, Harlan, IN

OBITUARY

Leon E. Schlatter

January 9, 1932August 4, 2019
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Leon E. Schlatter, 87, of Leo, passed away on August 4, 2019. Born on January 9, 1932 in Spencerville, Indiana to the late Ramas and Rhoda (Steiner) Schlatter. Missionary high school teacher for 40 years in Brazil, South America. Leon was a Korean war veteran. He loved woodworking and wrote three books of poetry. He is survived by his wife of many years, Jewel Schlatter; daughters, Sandra (Kevin) Gutwein, Denise (Barry) Hohulin and Karen (Eugene) Fontanilla; son, Daniel (Marla) Schlatter; ten grandchildren, three great grandchildren; sister, Jeannie and brothers, Donald and Allen. A Memorial Service will be held at 11am on Friday, August 9, 2019 at the Grabill Missionary Church, 13637 State St, Grabill, Indiana 46741. Burial will be at Leo Cemetery at 9:45am that day. Visitation will be Thursday, August 8, 2019 from 2-5pm & 6-8pm at the Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Ethnos 360, c/o Leon Schatter Memorial Fund.

  • DONATIONS

  • Ethnos 360 c/o Leon Schlatter

Services

  • Calling Thursday, August 8, 2019
  • Calling Thursday, August 8, 2019
  • Memorial Service Friday, August 9, 2019
  • Final Resting Friday, August 9, 2019

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Bethany Howe

August 11, 2019

Mr. Schlatter was like another Dad to me..... I practically lived in their house when growing up at Puraque. I have so many fond memories of him; his sense of humor(like in the middle of Portuguese class, Joel doing a swish dunk out loud pretending he was Dr. J and interrupting Mr. Schlatter) and he just chuckled and chuckled. Also his dedication to outreach every Sunday. He helping me down out of of huge manga tree when I was in high school as I just froze. Chuckling at me and my vivid imagination, as I had Sandra, Niecie and Sharon all pretending to be Huckleberry Finn and rafting down the river or Peter Rabbit in his burrow in the lemon tree out back. I am ever blessed to know him and his patience was something I have treasured most about him. Most of all I loved his poems, best poet I have ever known. Someday we will meet again and what a glorious reunion that will be. Love you all, Mrs. Schlatter, Sandra, Niecie, Karen Ann, and Boones. Praying for you all.

Christy Meyer (Bowden)

August 11, 2019

I have fond memories of Mr. Schlatter walking across our “little dorm” porch every morning on his way to school. His patience and faithfulness are something I admire about him.
His poems were a classic part of each school assembly and left me wondering how he could be so witty and make it all rhyme. He also wrote a clever and sweet poem for my husband and me for our wedding. Such a unique way of blessing people!
Mr. Schlatter, thanks for your faithfulness to God which blessed many people.

Jeremy Ketcham

August 10, 2019

Having grown up and studied at PQQ there was always the privilege of having close interaction with the staff. I will always remember Leon Schlatter for being the most patient man with me as one of his students. Time and time again he would tell us 7th&8th graders to settle down in the school during lunch break. We would settle down for awhile but then he would have to tell us again. He never would get upset or at least show it. He would quietly give us our consequences and not make a big deal about it, and we all knew that when Mr. Schlatter gave a consequence it was because we deserved it. Thank you Mr. Schlatter for setting the example of being patient. You were a man of, “great understanding.” Proverbs 14:29

Tom Lotz

August 10, 2019

Mr. Schlatter was one of THE most humble men I’ve ever known. When I was in high school, he approached me one evening in Study Hall and apologized for not calling a foul on himself earlier that afternoon in our basketball scrimmage. I was blown away as I had no recollection of the foul. I was deeply impacted by his sensitivity and humility in that moment. I’ve never forgotten it, never will. Thank you, Mr. Schlatter, for living a life consistently yielded to God. How we all miss you! (PS, I wet my pants laughing so hard at your glorious rendition of “Raggedy Man” when I was a First Grader.)

Linda (Harrell) Nauta

August 9, 2019

So sorry to hear of the passing of your husband/ dad. He gets to meet up w my dad! Still can hear him reading all his stories and poems especially “The raggedy, raggedy, raggedy man”! He’s will be missed! Heaven got a good man!

Joan Propson

August 8, 2019

Dear Jewel & Family,
I am remembering all of you in prayer during this time! You are a very special family and a blessing to work with you for many years at PQQ!

It was always a joy to hear Leon's poems they were always so uplifting and special!

Joan

Jonathan Roundy

August 8, 2019

Praying for the family, what a heritage of faithful service.

Jonathan

Paula Huelskamp

August 7, 2019

First of all, we would like to say that we are praying for God's peace and comfort for the family and friends of Mr. Schlatter, during this difficult time. Even though, we know that we will see him again in heaven, this does not minimize the hurt now.

Mr. Schlatter was my teacher, when I was in high school, and my boss when I returned to teach at Puraquequara. I will always remember how I looked forward to the school assemblies when Mr. Schlatter would share one of his newest poems. He even honored Richard & I by writing a poem about us meeting, getting engaged and then married.

You will be missed!
Richard & Paula

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