Wilder Funeral Home

4890 South Suncoast Blvd, Homosassa, FL


William Paul "Bill" Schuessler

April 6, 1942November 29, 2019

William Paul (Bill) Schuessler died peacefully in his sleep at home on November 29th, 2019. He was born April 6, 1942 in Passaic, NJ to Chester & Maud (Ball) Schuessler. He went to school in E. Rutherford, NJ. He graduated from E. Rutherford High School, where he played basketball & football. He enlisted in the United States Air Force November 1960. He served at Loring Air Force Base in Limestone, Maine, as an Air Traffic Controller. After mustering out he joined the FAA and served again as an Air Traffic Controller until 1974. He continued his education at Dowling College in Oakdale, L.I., NY, graduating in 1976. He then worked at Suffolk Federal Credit Union as Loan Manager until retiring in 1995. He and his wife, Pat, enjoyed traveling in their RV for many years. The family skied in New England. They moved to Sugarmill Woods in 1999. Bill & Pat sang in the choir of their church and The Sugarmill Chorale. Bill also sang in the Barbershop Chorus of the Highlands and was part of a quartet. Singing was an important part of his life. He always liked to garden both in Ridge LI, NY and at home in Sugarmill Woods. Golf was his passion. He was a loving husband, father & grandfather. He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Pat (Quinn); stepson Tom Neilson (Donna), son William Schuessler (Kelli), both of Long Island NY. Also survived by his grandchildren Kathleen Neilson Nguyen, Liam and Katy Schuessler. Survived by sister Helen Schuessler Leonard (Henry); niece Lyn Klenk, nephews Kenneth & Christoper Leonard; and many cousins in his large extended family. Predeceased by 2 sisters: Ann Klenk (Tim) and Joan Cope (Nelson). Also predeceased by a grandson Brian Neilson. Services to be held Monday, December 16, 2019 at 10:00 AM at First United Methodist Church, 8831 W. Bradshaw St., Homosassa FL 34448. The military service will follow at 2:00 P.M. at Florida National Cemetery, 6502 SW 102nd Ave, Bushnell FL, 33513. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Bill's name to the Community Food Bank - Citrus County, 5259 W Cardinal St. Bldg B., Homosassa, FL 34446, would be appreciated. Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa, Florida. www.wilderfuneral.com


  • Chester W. Schuessler, Father (deceased)
  • Maud E. Ball, Mother (deceased)
  • Ann Klenk, Sister (deceased)
  • Joan Cope, Sister (deceased)
  • Helen Schuessler Leonard (Henry), Sister
  • Patricia (Quinn) Schuessler, Loving wife of 48 years
  • William Schuessler (Kelli), Son of Long Island, NY
  • Tom Nielson (Donna), Stepson of Long Island, NY
  • Brian Nielson, Grandson (deceased)
  • Kathleen Nielson Nguyen, Granddaughter
  • Liam Schuessler, Grandson
  • Katy Schuessler, Granddaughter
  • Lyn Klenk, Niece
  • Kenneth Leonard, Nephew
  • Christopher Leonard, Nephew


16 December

Memorial Service

10:00 am

1st United Methodist Church of Homosassa

8831 W. Bradshaw Street
Homosassa, Florida 34446

16 December

Military Honors

2:00 pm

Florida National Cemetery

6502 SW 102nd Avenue
Bushnell, Florida 33513


William Paul "Bill" Schuessler

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Mike & Nancy Theodore

December 3, 2019

Bill was one of the guys that always took the time to talk to you no matter how busy he or you might be. He served on my MGA board when I was President. Always contributed and with his infectious wit; made our meetings enjoyable and light. He was deeply involved with the members at Southern Woods and truly was an integral part of the Southern Woods culture. We will surely miss the wit, humor and Bill's infectious smile .

Gail and Terry Bragg

December 2, 2019

Bill and Pat recently generously picked us up at the airport. Afterwards we were lucky to enjoy a dinner in Tampa with them. What a good memory, full of smart conversation and wit. Bill as always was the perfect gentleman ,soft spoken with that gentle smile.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Pat and the family
Gail and Terry Bragg

Nancy and Paul Weber

November 29, 2019

We just saw Bill and Pat at the Walmart one day last week or this. He looked the picture of health. Usually, we'd see Bill at Publix and wanted to check his basket out as he did wonderful things in the kitchen. One day, when I was delivering checks to Pat for the Civic Assn. there was this wonderful aroma coming from the kitchen. I asked Pat what was cooking and she said, Bill's vegetable soup. I wanted some of that. He will be a real loss to Pat and she is in our prayers. It was totally unexpected in our minds and a real loss. God be with Pat and the family..