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Deane Forrest Schuller

Deane Forrest Schuller, age 88, of Mena was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on June 25, 1931 to John William and Celia Hana Cox Schuller. He was the seventh child of a family of nine. Deane and his family lived in Minnesota and Illinois before moving to Fennimore, Wisconsin. He worked after school at the Gamble Store and later at a full time job at Kroger. Upon being transferred to Darlington, Wisconsin, he worked as the head produce clerk until called to service to the U.S. Army in 1952. After being honorably discharged from the service, he returned to Kroger for a total of 17 ½ years.

Deane met his future wife, Susan Marlene Mathews, in 1951 in Fennimore, and they were married November 28, 1954. Deane was offered a position managing the Ben Franklin store in Darlington, which he accepted. He worked in this position for four years. After a brief time, he was offered the opportunity to run the Ben Franklin store in Mena, AR, and the family moved in 1974. He worked in this capacity for 3 ½ years, then he went into carpentry work until retirement. Deane made many wonderful friends along his way. He was an avid Green Bay Packers and Arkansas Razorbacks fan. He enjoyed woodcrafts and was a jack of all trades. Deane was a member of the Nazarene Church and loved the Lord. A father, grandfather, and great-grandfather – – he will be greatly missed by all.

Deane is preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, and two sisters, and a son, Dale.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Sue, two daughters, Debbie Schuller and Sandra Pruitt, both of Mena, and five sons, Jim and wife Judy, Mike and wife Terri, Bill, Brian and wife Lisa, and Steven and wife Kristi, all of Mena, and a dear son/friend, Steven and wife Ethel Sherill. He is also survived by two brothers, Gary of Fennimore, Wisconsin and Dick of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, along with one sister, Phyllis Ann Jerett of Hazel Green, Wisconsin.

Also surviving Deane are 15 grandchildren and their spouses and 14 great-grandchildren.

A private family memorial service will be held Tuesday, April 28, 2020 with arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

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