Matthew J. Schuh, 78, of Chilton, died on Monday, March 6, 2017, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton.
He was born on Feb. 9, 1939, in Freedom, son of the late Raymond and Bertha (Kempen) Schuh.
Matt married Sandra Beil on Nov. 1, 1986, in Chilton.
Matt proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1959 until 1961.
Through his entire life, Matt knew he had exceptional hearing, and this was verified when Uncle Sam informed Matt that he had the hearing range of both a man and a woman. This unique skill came in handy when he detected a “lost” Russian submarine off the Eastern Coast of the United States, but his children found the skill to be a hassle because they weren’t able to get away with much when he was around.
Although Matt was a Jack-of-All-Trades, he managed the Chilton Wastewater Treatment Plant for 25 years and always said with a smile on his face that he had to deal with 3,300 people’s crap everyday. He also enjoyed carpentry and building projects. He had remodeled over 114 houses in Chilton and built two of his own homes from the ground up.
He was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church, attending worship service daily, and was a 50-year member of the Knights of Columbus.
In his free time, Matt collected quarters for his grandchildren, made Rosaries to be distributed around the world, and was always quick with a joke to brighten someone else’s day. As someone who greatly appreciated his community, Matt also volunteered with the Chilton Fire Department, helped with ambulance service, and worked as a City of Chilton Auxiliary Police Officer back in his younger years.
Survivors include his wife Sandra; his children, John (Kathy) Schuh, Mike Schuh, Lisa (John) Giesen, Jenny Schuh; step-children, Cheryl Berlin, Michelle (Jeff) Moehn, Kevin (Amy) Beil; 14 grandchildren, Melissa Ver Boort, Josh and Holly Schuh, Jordan Gill, Olivia Schuh, Trevor, Brenden and Serena Berlin, Nick Hanna, Rachel and Courtney Beil, Marissa, Jenna, and Mariah Moehn; four great-grandchildren; sisters and brothers, Betty Schumacher (Fred Luetschwager), Bernie Wege, Marrianne (Jon) Blakeslee, Carol (Pat) Heenan, Kathy Schuh-Ries, Gene (Carol), Gordy (Linda), Bill (Mary Lou), Tony (Karen), Carl (Peg), Leo (Barb), Ray (Joyce) and Hank (Vonnie) Schuh and brother-in-law Don Vanevenhoven. Sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Bud Kohne, Delores Blahnik, Gerald Schroeder, Alice (Charles) Ruffing, Donna Stenz, Andy (Linda) Hopfensperger, Randy Hopfensperger, Paula (Harold) Schneider and Linda (Albert) Zaletel. Matthew is further survived by godchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Matt was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter Jeannette Schuh; a son-in-law Tom Berlin; and a sister Donna Vanevenhoven.
Wieting Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be shared at www.wietingfuneralhome.com.
Funeral service for Matt will be at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, March 13 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church (54 E. Main St.,) in Chilton. Burial will be in the St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Chilton. Friends may call at the Wieting Family Funeral Home (411 W. Main St.,) in Chilton from 4 until 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 12 and on Monday at the funeral home from 9:30 until 11 a.m. Prayer services will take place Sunday evening at the funeral home at the close of the visitation.