Joseph Albert Schuster

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.


  • Jena Allen Posted September 7, 2023 11:22 am

    Grandpa’s infectious laughter will forever love on in my memory. I’ll miss him so much.

  • Janet Samples Posted September 7, 2023 8:03 pm

    If you knew Grandpa, count yourself lucky. He loved meeting new people and loved conversations with everyone. I will miss him so much. And his laughter was the best.

  • michael schuster Posted September 8, 2023 9:40 am

    Rest in peace Uncle Joe. The Schuster family is together again. Grandpa William, Grandmother Gertude, Aunt Betty, Uncle Dwain, my father Francis (Jake) May they all rest in Peace.

  • Mark B.Morehouse Posted September 8, 2023 9:41 am

    My sympathy to the family. I have known Joe since I was 10 years old. He was my Boy Scout troop leader .

  • Joe & Shirley Hahn Posted September 8, 2023 9:53 am

    Dear Family of Joe’s. We enjoyed Joe’s liveliness and caring heart at the St. Wenceslaus Primetimers events. Joe will be missed by all of us. May he rest in peace with the Lord.

  • Judy kaiser Posted September 9, 2023 8:45 am

    Joe was a regular platlet donor at the Redcross. I work there and that’s where I met Joe . An absolute joy to talk to Joe . Always had a smile
    On his face and a story to tell us. Breaks my heart to not be able to see him there again . He is one of a kind special man with a big heart ❤️ He talked about his travels and his love for his family . I am so blessed to have known him! My condolences to his family . How beautiful to have such a wonderful man in your lives ! When my time is up
    On this earth it will be awesome to see him
    In heaven again ! This world lost a gem of a man 😇

  • Paul Tamisiea Posted September 10, 2023 10:20 am

    My condolences to Joe’s family. I first new Joe when we were both volunteer teachers for St. Patrick’s Parish children in Missouri Valley. He and Joyce both became members of my Dental Practice in Omaha. Joe was always jovial and enjoyed conversations ( always punctuated with laughter )!

  • Janine and Bill Loyd Posted September 11, 2023 5:49 am

    Joe was’t just my neighbor he was my friend. I already miss him walking over to see what I am doing, and having a better way to do it😊 Joe I will miss you along with so many others. Rest in peace.

  • Jaden blakely Posted September 12, 2023 4:20 am

    You will be missed dearly grandpa I’m just great full I got to see you 2 more times before you passed. You’ll forever be in my memory. I love you grandpa rest easy.

  • Wulf Pete Groth Posted September 13, 2023 9:58 am

    Joe, we miss you, you were part of our family over here in Germany as well. Since 79, after my year as exchange student with Joe and Joyce, we kept in touch and had a couple of transatlantic visits, we saw Rome and Pompeii together. My three little girls grew up with traditional love-filled x-mas parcels from faraway mysterious Omaha. 2017 you and I did a 10 days trip together you had planned for us with all the mayor aircraft and car museums all the way up to Detroit, visited old friends of yours as well, will never forget.
    I feel your presence when doing some kind woodwork or working on the car. The way you looked at life and how you interacted with people, and your special laughter – yes, it stays.
    Ruhe in Frieden, Joe
    Rest in Peace

  • Tony and Colleen Siracuse Posted November 6, 2023 11:16 am

    Joe was always so kind and neighborly from the first day we moved into our home. We had the same street address as Joe and the mail would always some how get mixed up ! We got Joe’s mail and he got ours. He would bring our mail over and stay and chat about how he was still working and he’d ask us how old do you think I am? He’d chuckle when we would guess a lot younger than he really was! We felt as though we knew him for years. He was young at heart! Joe you will be missed!

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