Michael Henry Schlachter
Passed away peacefully Thursday afternoon, May 18, 2017, at his home at 92 years old. Final prayers will take place at the Misiuk Funeral Home of Chesaning at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, May 23, 2017. THERE WILL BE NO VISITATION AT THE CHURCH. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:00 a.m. at St. Peter Parish Catholic Church, 404 S. Wood Street, Chesaning. Fr. William Gruden will officiate. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery with full military honors. Visitation will be from 2:00-9:00 p.m. Monday at the Misiuk Funeral Home. The Knights of Columbus will pray the Rosary at 8:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home and followed by a Firemen’s Tribute at 8:30 p.m.
Mike was born November 23, 1924, the son of August and Katherine (Martin) Schlachter. Mike was a lifelong resident of Chesaning. During WWII he served in the US Army in the 517th Parachute Combat Team. In 1947, he married Barbara Gewirtz. She preceded him in death on May 20, 1978. Mike, along with Bill and Art Gewirtz, purchased Gewirtz Hardware and Appliance from Fred Gewirtz. Mike retired from the business in 1984.
Mike was a long time councilman and former Mayor of Chesaning. He served on the Chesaning Fire Department for 49 years. He started as a Rescue Captain, and later advanced to Assistant Fire Chief, and then Fire Chief, and then back to fireman before retiring in 1994.
Mike was a long time Chesaning school bus driver. He was a volunteer for the Chesaning Showboat as the Boat Captain and served as Chairman in 1961. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and American Legion. He loved his summers at his cottage on Higgins Lake entertaining Post 212 with his boom bass. A big joy in his life was taking his kids to Frankenmuth for dinner and getting a family picture taken.
Mike is survived by his son, Tom (Sandy) Schlachter; five daughters, Mary Beth (John) Reiber, Sue (Wayne) Vogelaar, Jane (Charles) Sivak, JoEllen (Vern) Hollerback, and Michelle (Dan) Shooltz; 16 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; two special nephews, Dale and Denny Muirhead; longtime friends, Don Swartzmiller and Ken Valentine; and other loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Barbara; infant twin brother and sister, Oelander and Aurialia; his brothers, Arthur, Virgil, Martin, and August Schlachter; sisters, Mary Smith, Armella Gross, and Catherine Alderson; and a foster brother, Eugene Martin.
Charitable donations given in memory of Mike can be made to the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, or Compassus Hospice of Bay City.
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Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Misiuk Funeral Home, 202 South Front Street, Chesaning.