George Schuller

George Schuller, 77, of Alta died on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at Sunset Knoll Care & Rehab Center in Aurelia. 

A Celebration of Life was held Saturday, June 30, at  Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake. Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements. 

George Schuller stepped up to the plate on Oct. 4, 1940, in Mallard, the son of Dennis and Fern Schuller.

His home field was the Mallard area, and in his teen years the family moved to Spencer, where George enjoyed working on the dairy farm and fun times spent at the family cabin at Lost Island.

A young girl who lived south on Highway 71, Joyce Barglof, caught his eye and they were united in marriage on Jan. 21, 1961. They soon began their starting line-up of Tammy, Debbie, Shelly and Greg, raising them in Alta.

Throughout the innings of George’s life he enjoyed outdoor sports including: golf, hunting, fishing and snowmobiling. Softball held a special place in his heart. He played for many years on Clem’s fastpitch team, where his speed and agility enabled him to rarely miss a ball while playing second base.

During his seventh inning stretch of retirement, George became the Chicago Cubs number one fan. After the Cubs World Series win of 2016, George proclaimed he could die happy. The perfect game for George was attending a Chicago Cubs vs. the Houston Astros at Wrigley Field when the Cubs won with a walk off homerun in the bottom of the 13th inning. He was dressed head to toe in Cubs attire and in his excitement many fans asked to take his picture.

In the off season, George and Joyce liked to spend time socializing at the casino, playing cards, going to the Spencer Fair, visiting Okoboji and creating family memories.

During George’s ninth inning as his health declined, he often watched The Price Is Right, Wheel of Fortune, and cowboy movies, where he never missed anything starring John Wayne.

The individuals who are filling the stands are his mother, Fern Schuller of Spencer; sister, Carol Thoma of Laurens; brothers: Ronald Schuller (Margaret) and Roger Schuller, both of Omaha; and brother-in-law, Jim Barglof (Marge) of Spencer. In the front row of the stands sits his wife, Joyce of 57 years; daughter, Tammy Peterson (Todd) of Alta; daughter, Debbie Ehr (Steve) of Dunkerton; daughter, Shelly Stille (Craig) of Altoona; and son, Greg Schuller (Jen) of Ankeny. The “bleacher bums” include grandchildren: Neal Peterson of Alta; Halley Ryherd (Brian and great-grandson Calvin) of Des Moines; Alex Peterson of Waukee; Joshua Ehr of Marion; Kyle Stille (Emsy, and future great-grandchild #2) of Altoona; Melanie, Anthony and Andrew Ehr of Dunkerton.

In the post-game George joins his father, Dennis Schuller; mother and father-in-law, Ernie and Myrtle Barglof; brothers-in-law, Ray and Art Barglof, also numerous friends plus family members.

George would’ve liked to have watched more Cubs games, “Hoot! Hoot!”, but overall, he felt that his life was a homerun.