Merlin (Shell/Butch) Schaller
(Deceased January 8, 2013)
Veteran of "C" Battery 1/83rd Artillery
Merlin J “Butch” Schaller age 64, of
Fort Atkinson, WI passed away on Tuesday,
January 8, 2013 at his home.
Merlin was born in Waukesha, Wisconsin on
June 26, 1948, the son of Merlin and Mildred
(Gildemeister) Schaller. He attended Lake
Mills High School. Merlin served his country
in the U.S. Army Artillery in Vietnam during
1968 and 1969.
On June 21, 2000, Merlin married Linda S.
Stasch Maasz in Reno, Nevada.
Merlin worked as a machinist/grinder for 31
years at Crepaco in Lake Mills, WI and then
worked for 5 years at Tyson Foods in
Jefferson prior to his retirement.
Merlin was a member of St. Joseph Catholic
Church, Fort Atkinson. He was a member of
the Vietnam Veterans Association #409, the
Wisconsin Vietnam Veterans Chapter 7, Paul
Frank Florine American Legion Post #166, the
Disabled American Veterans Post #39, and the
Edwin Frohmader VFW Post #1879.
Surviving are: Wife: Linda S Maasz-Schaller,
Fort Atkinson, WI, Children: Adam Schaller,
Fort Atkinson, WI, Leslie (Adam) Johnson,
Lake Mills, WI, Billy (Melissa) Maasz, Fort
Atkinson, WI, and Cindy (Harvey) Hephner,
Chilton, WI, Grandchildren: Mika Kolodzne,
Jefferson, WI, Dylan Johnson, Lake Mills,
WI, Danny & Kelly Hephner, Chilton, WI and
Hudson Maasz, Fort Atkinson, WI,
Siblings:Nancy Benson, Rick (Sandy)
Schaller, Johnson Creek, WI, Barb (John)
Firkus, Fort Atkinson, WI, Fern (Dale)
Dehnert, Waupun, WI, Kathy (Greg) Newkirk,
Jefferson, WI, Nick Schaller, Black River
Falls, WI, and Ann Wachal, Jefferson, WI. He
is further survived by nieces and nephews,
other relatives, friends, and his dog
Merlin was preceded in death by his parents.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on
Friday, January 11, 2013 at 12:00 PM at St.
Joseph Catholic Church, 1660 Endl Blvd, Fort
Atkinson, WI with Father Brian Wilk
celebrating. Interment will be in the
Evergreen Cemetery, Fort Atkinson,
Friends may call from 4-7PM on Thursday,
January 10, 2013 at the Nitardy Funeral
Home, Fort Atkinson, WI, and after 11AM on
Friday at the church until Mass.
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