SUTTONS BAY – Milford “Mel” J. Schaub, 85, of Suttons Bay, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, at home surrounded by his loving family.
Mel was born Aug. 5, 1928 in Provemont (Lake Leelanau) the son of Lawrence and Della (Belanger) Schaub. On Oct. 26, 1946 at St. Mary’s Church of Lake Leelanau with Father Linus Schrems officiating, Mel married his loving wife of 67 years, Marie J. Schaub, who survives.
Mel worked for Grand Traverse Metal Casket for seven years. Afterwards he spent 18 years with Parsons Aircraft Corp., becoming a supervisor. Mel also spent 35 years as a home and commercial builder.
Mel had the mind of an engineer and made his own self-propelled lawn mower. He was an auto mechanic for his girls and a neighborhood handyman. His charity work includes helping to refurbish both St. Michael’s and Kateri Tekakwitha churches. Mel built furniture for his children and grandchildren.
As a young man, Mel played baseball as a center fielder. He enjoyed hunting and fishing in Leelanau with his sons. He loved his animals, cat and kit, and was a master gardener to his fruit trees and vegetables.
Mel is survived by his wife, Marie; his children, Leonard (Joyce) Schaub, Linda (Michael) Warren, Sharon Elzer, Mark (Ticia) Schaub, Marlene (Garry) Plane, Lori Lingaur; his siblings, Marvin (Edith) Schaub, Marcie Kedzie, Sarah (Blaise) Korson; 16 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Terry Schaub, and a sister, Jane Rexroat.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m., today, Jan. 3, with the rosary to be prayed at 7 p.m. at the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay. The mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4 at St. Michael’s Church of Suttons Bay. Burial will be held in the spring at St. Michael’s Cemetery of Suttons Bay. Father Leonard Paul will serve as celebrant.
Memorials may be directed to St. Michael’s Church, P.O. Box 9, Suttons Bay, MI 49682.
Please share memories with Mel’s family at their online guestbook at martinson.info.
Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay, www.martinson.info.