Frederick S. Schiler

August 25, 1915 ‒ August 03, 2010

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Frederick S. Schiler, age 94, of South Trimble Road, Mansfield, went to be with the Lord, Tuesday morning, August 3, 2010, from the Hospice House of North Central Ohio in Ashland.

The son of Friedrich and Irene (Sorg) Schiler, Frederick was born August 25, 1915, in Tubingen Germany, to Swiss parents. He was raised in Pfaffikon, Switzerland until age 4, when his family moved to Mansfield. He was graduated from Mansfield Senior High School in 1935. After graduation, he walked from Scholl Road to Westinghouse every morning, until they hired him.

At 17, he designed and built his own kayak, and at 21, he and his brother Eugene dug, and lined with concrete and tile, one of the first private swimming pools in Mansfield. He married Ruth E. Creswell on August 27, 1938.

That same year, he and Ruth moved to Syracuse where he worked for Prosperity Co. in the engineering section. In 1942 he moved to Akron to work for the Portage Machine Company. He rose to become Chief Engineer and developed 16 patents for the firm, primarily in layout machines and machine tools, allowing them to compete successfully, internationally. He retired in 1988.

Fred was known as “Mr. Fix-it” and enjoyed woodworking, designing and making indoor and outdoor furniture, and inventing things. He was an automotive enthusiast, owning an MGA with wire wheels in 1958 and purchasing one of the first four-barrel carbureted 289 cubic inch 1965 Mustangs with the four speed stick and limited slip differential.

Fred was physically active all his life. As a young man he loved to ski, golf, swim, ride horseback and continued to water ski into his eighties.

Fred came to know the Lord at age 55 and shared his faith and love for Jesus Christ, always talking to others about Christ and His Saving Grace. He often told the story of how Christ accepted him, a used car, “as-is” and how much he appreciated that grace, knowing that he did not deserve it.

He was a member of the First Alliance Church, where he served many years. He was also a member of Gideons International and while living in Akron was hospital visitation coordinator for The Chapel, where he had also been a lifetime member.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 72 years, Ruth “Ruthie” Schiler; nephew Marc and his wife Dianne Schiler of Pasadena, California and their children; sisters-in-law Iris Stall and Wanda Taylor, brother-in-law Robert Creswell and his wife Faith, and their children; and a host of brothers and sisters in Christ.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Eugene Schiler, and sister Anna Schiler.

The Schiler family will receive friends on Wednesday, August 11, from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, 350 Marion Avenue (Former Finefrock Funeral Home), where his funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. Pastor Jim Cheatham will officiate. Burial will follow in Mansfield Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of North Central Ohio in Ashland or First Alliance Church, Mansfield.

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