Art Schmuckal, local philanthropist and founder of Schmuckal Oil Company, the area’s Shell Oil gas station/convenience store franchise, died Wednessday night at age 91.
Known and respected for his longtime support of Munson Medical Center, Northwestern Michigan College and its University Center, Dennos Museum and Milliken Auditorium, as well at Grand Traverse Catholic schools and churches, Scmuckal was described by friends as a visionary and generous leader, kind, fun and a “giant among men” who led and raised funds by example.
“He was a true community leader and wonderful philanthropist,” said Marsha Smith, executive director of Rotary Charities.
To view a recent video of Schmuckal giving a speech, click here. Watch for additional coverage online and in the print edition of the Record-Eagle.