Joseph Albert Schuster
August 16, 1932 – September 5, 2023
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Joe Schuster, a beloved 91-year-old husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who departed this world on September 5, 2023.
Joe’s life was a testament to resilience, compassion, and unwavering love. He was born on August 16, 1932, in Antelope County, Nebraska. He embarked on a life filled with remarkable experiences and touched the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing him.
In 1953, Joe joined the United States Army and served his country during The Korean War. For his time in service, he was awarded the Bronze Service Star, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, and the Good Conduct Medal. He was a proud Veteran and member of the VFW.
Joe spent his career working at Fruehauf Trailer Corporation, where he was able to do what he loved, repairing tools and machinery. Beyond his professional pursuits, Joe was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was a constant presence, providing unwavering support and guidance to his beloved family. His love for his family knew no bounds, and he was always eager to host a cookout or go out for a family dinner. His home was always filled with warmth and love.
Joe had a passion for fixing broken objects, building anything he or his family needed, and he loved to travel and camp. He shared these interests with friends and family whenever he had the chance. Whether it was discussing current events or pulling off the road to visit any historical marker he passed, Joe embraced life’s simple pleasures and encouraged others to do the same. Joe never met a stranger and had friends everywhere he went.
Joe had an incredible spirit of generosity and selflessness. He was always the first to lend a helping hand or offer a kind word of encouragement to those in need. He was a devout man of faith. He dedicated countless hours to the Catholic Church and was an active member of the Knights of Columbus. His faith was the foundation for the remarkable, honorable, and charitable way he lived his life. He will be leaving an indelible mark on the lives of countless individuals.
Joe’s passing leaves a void that can never be filled, but his memory will live on in the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing him. He will forever be remembered for his dedication to his faith, family, and friends. In addition to his charitable heart and willingness to always help anyone in need.
Joe is survived by his daughter-in-law, Stephanie Gessert (Kelly); granddaughters: Jessica Haynes (Bryan), Jaka Montange (Luke), Janet Samples (Kyle) Jena Allen (Matt), Joyce Schuster; great-grandchildren: Joshua, James, Jayden, Emma, Oliver, Layne, Lars, Declan, and Gwendolyn, who will cherish the memories they created together. He is now reunited with his first wife, Joyce (Riedenour); his second wife, Marlene (Twyford); siblings: Dwayne, Jake, and Betty (Salber); son, Brad Schuster in eternal peace.
A Visitation will be held on Monday, September 11, 2023, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. with Vigil Mass to follow at 7:00 p.m. at the West Center Chapel, 7805 W. Center Rd. A Celebration of Joe’s life will be held on Tuesday, September 12, 2023, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church Chapel, 15353 Pacific St. Friends and family are invited to join in remembering and honoring Joe.
The family kindly requests memorials be made to St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Joe’s memory.
As we say our final goodbyes to Joe, let us remember the joy he brought into our lives and carry forward the lessons of love, kindness, and resilience that he exemplified.
May Joe’s soul rest in eternal peace, and may he continue to watch over us from above.