Roger R. Schuler

Roger R. Schuler, age 78, of Minnetrista passed away on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 due to complications from Lewy Body Dementia. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was 11 a.m. Saturday, September 7, 2019 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in St. Bonifacius with Father Martin Shallbetter as Celebrant of the Mass. Gathering of family and friends was Saturday one hour prior to the Mass at the church. Interment was in the church cemetery. Roger was born on February 7, 1941 in Watertown, the son of Lawrence and Evelyn (Weinzierl) Schuler. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Boniface Church in St. Bonifacius. Roger attended St. Boniface Catholic School through 8th grade and then attended Watertown High School. He also spent one year at Northwest Missouri State University on a football scholarship. Roger grew up on his family’s farm in Minnetrista. He was the third of seven children and often spoke of his childhood memories on the farm, including helping with the large vegetable gardens, daily chores and enjoying homemade meals. He and his siblings managed to find time to get into plenty of mischief on the farm and have spent a lifetime reminiscing and laughing together about all the great times they had growing up in the country. As a young adult, Roger worked at Maple Plain Company where he met Karen Hilgers. They were joyfully united in marriage on September 14, 1968 at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Mound. Together, they purchased an acre of the Schuler farm on which they built a home and raised their three children. They led by example and taught their children kindness, love, the importance of faith, a good work ethic and how to enjoy the outdoors and many sports. Roger was married to his beautiful bride just short of 50 years. They were a true example of unconditional love throughout their lives together. He always made time to throw a football, play catch with a baseball or shoot hoops in the yard with his children and their friends. He loved coaching his children in various sports and was their most loyal fan, never missing a sporting event. Roger was elated the day each of his children got married and took great pride in each of their growing families over the years. He loved his eight grandchildren with all his heart. He enjoyed seeing them play together in his yard, climb trees, pick berries from his garden and watch airplanes while resting with them in his favorite hammock. Roger’s family is so grateful for the life he shared with them—one filled with love, endless commitment to family and strong faith in God. We will always remember the smiles, laughter and good times shared together. We will miss him everyday, but find comfort knowing his mind/body are eternally at peace in Heaven. Roger was preceded in death by his wife Karen Schuler; father and mother Lawrence and Evelyn Schuler; father-in-law and mother-in-law Alfred and Elvira Hilgers; brothers-in-law Alfred Hilgers and Gary Hilgers, sister-in-law Joanne Koehnen and her husband Leonard Koehnen. Roger is survived by his loving family: children Darren (Jennifer) Schuler and their children Claudia and Samuel; Rachel (Shannon) Borer and their children Carter and Emma; Bret (Naomi) Schuler and their children Virginia, Tess, Layna and Dane; brothers and sisters Larry (Fran) Schuler of St. Bonifacius, Dennis (Donna) Schuler of St. Bonifacius, Audrey (Dean) Geiger of Waconia, Don (Mary) Schuler of Waconia, Dave (Linda) Schuler of Waconia, Sharon Donovan and special friend Les of Buffalo; sisters-in-law Maryann Hilgers of Shorewood, Judy (John) Winterhalter of Minnetonka; nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. Serving as Urn Bearers were Roger’s grandchildren. Arrangements with Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia. www.johnsonfh.com

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