Monday November 21st, 2016
5:00pm - 7:00pm
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Curtis "Curt" SchuhClergy
Rev. Barry Nelson
Steve Bauer & Charlene Bietz
Memorial Folder Attendants
Glenn Semmler, Ben Lagge, & Solomon Semmler
Troy Wixson, Levi Bietz, Brett Morrow,
John Donahay, Seth Bietz, & Dave Dutton
Curtis “Curt” Schuh was born on July 20, 1948 to Gedion and Agatha (Semmler) Schuh in Parkston, South Dakota. He attended Bietz country school #9 and Delmont school through the 11th grade at which time his parents moved to Parkston. He graduated from Parkston High School in 1966. In 1969, Curt enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He was honorably discharged in 1972 and returned home. On November 30, 1991, Curt was united in marriage to Mary Bauer at Englewood United Methodist Church in Englewood, Florida.
Curt passed away on Friday, November 18, 2016 at the VA Hospital in Sioux Falls having attained the age of 68 years, 3 months, and 29 days.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 25 years Mary Schuh of Tripp; daughters: Alena (Michael) Vasher of FL and Tiffany McMenamin of IN; son Shelby Schuh of OR; grandchildren: Madison, Tiernan, Curtis, Tyndall, and Mitchell; and siblings: Mildred Halsey of Spearfish, SD, Shelton (Shelly) Schuh of Plankinton, SD, Larry (Rosemary) Schuh of LA, and Charmain Schuh of CO.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother James “Jimmy” Schuh.
In lieu of an eulogy, Curt had written a letter to be shared with the many people he held dear to his heart. Curt writes:
“In life we often experience times we cannot predict. Excitement when we least expect it, and turmoil when you thought that day was so well planned.
I’ve found that music is the equalizer and oddly enough, even though ‘a sad song will sometimes make you cry,’ the outlet is necessary for a smile to break through. If we look at tears being the window to happiness maybe we wouldn’t be so afraid to show that wonderful side of us that makes us special human beings.
As the years pass in my life and I realize a lot of the things I placed as important really aren’t so and that the things taken for granted, like love, laughter, hugging, and simple one-on-one conversations with someone you love, have become my life. I’m a very LUCKY man to have lived my life with so many extraordinary people. Their influence has directed me to areas I know I wouldn’t have gone without them.
What is really sad, is that no matter how long I live, I will never be able to give back all of what I’ve received. Seems sort of unfair.
It won’t be for lack of trying I assure you!
So - to my friends that I love - Thank you for sharing your life with me - Hopefully I’ll prove to be worthy to you!
Written on a day when I had too much time on my hands and wanted to reflect!”
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
First American Lutheran Church
Tripp, South Dakota
Military Funeral Honors by
Jelkin-Harms American Legion Post #142
and the SD Navy National Guard Funeral Honors Guard
Mary and family, Our thoughts and prayers have been with you and your family. Sorry we were not able to attend the Services for Curt. We are really thankful that you and Curt hosted our PHS 50th Celebration. When it comes to having "a positive attitude" we can all take a lesson from Curt. He always had a smile for his friends. It was great to spend some time with you both. We will be sure to stop by when we are able to make it back to your area. Martin (Duke) & Karen Luebke
Martin Luebke Nov 24 2016 6:10 PM
Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Always loved reading his family update letters at Xmas.
Sam and Mary Ann Onweller Nov 23 2016 4:06 PM
You have been in our thoughts and prayers this past week. We are so glad we got to see Curt at the class reunion in Sept. He was a good example to all of us. May he Rest In Peace. With sympathy and love to you, Mary and family.
Rick and Magda Koth Nov 23 2016 12:13 AM
Sorry For The Loss of a Great Guy My prayers are with you
Roger weisser Nov 22 2016 10:50 PM
Alena, you are in my thoughts and prayers. The letter your father wrote is beautiful, and I can see a bit of his heart through it. I know you will miss him! Take care of yourself and your family --
Karen Ray Nov 22 2016 7:44 PM
Mary, With a heavy heart I send you this message. It has been my honor to have met Curt. He made me smile just seeing him come down the hallway at the VA. Thinking about it now, makes me chuckle. Curt's letter to his family and friends was very moving (shouldn't have read it at work... I was kind of weepy for the customer at the counter) Bless you and your family. Tracey
Tracey Butler, VA Nov 22 2016 5:14 PM
Alena and family, Sending prayers and condolences during your time of loss.
Beth Reilly Nov 22 2016 2:39 PM
Curt will be missed. Prayers to Mary and family.
Mark Lutz Nov 22 2016 9:06 AM
We are so sorry for your loss. He was a great guy, always a smile for you. Going to miss his stories about Dad and Mom when they owned Desmond and then Tripp bar.
Miles and Betty Goehring Nov 22 2016 3:05 AM
My deepest condolences to the entire family for the loss of this dear man.
Olivia Mead Nov 22 2016 2:55 AM