Floyd G. Schaible|
Born: Nov. 12, 1922; In Morris, IL
Died: May 8, 2014; In Allegan, MI
Floyd G. "Moose" Schaible, a Morris native who operated a well-known meat market in Morris for many years, died May 8, 2014 at Wings of Hope Hospice in Allegan, Michigan, following a brief illness. He was 91.
Born Nov. 12, 1922 in Morris to Fred G. and Pearl (Bryant) Schaible, he attended Morris public schools. He played basketball in grade school and was a star football player in high school, earning the nickname "Moose" because of his robust stature. During high school he held a variety of jobs including working at Joe's Sandwich shop, owned by Joe Ryder. Always interested in the meat business, he worked part-time at the Grundy Locker Plant on West Main Street and Buehler Brothers meat market on Liberty Street, where he learned the butchering trade.
Schaible entered the United States Army in 1942 and served during World War II attached to the 94th Army Field Hospital kitchen, attaining the rank of Sergeant. He was stationed in England and later France after the D-Day invasion. While in England he met Doris E. Whillock of Edmonton, London. The couple was married at All Saints Church in Edmonton on March 31, 1945. After the war the couple returned to Morris. Floyd remained in the Army Reserve, attaining the rank of Sergeant, and received an Honorable Discharge in October 1952.
He worked for Buehler's and was promoted to manager in 1952. He managed the Morris store until 1957, when he bought the Grundy Locker Plant. In 1963 he closed the locker plant and built Circle S Foods meat market on Route 47 in Morris. He and Doris owned and operated the store until 1971.
Active in the community, Floyd served on the Morris Volunteer Fire Department from 1958 to 1971. A regular blood donor, he stood first in line when the Red Cross began blood drives in Morris, and eventually earned a "five-gallon award". He had been a member of the Loyal Order of Moose and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He drove the #21 Circle S Foods stock car at the Mazon Speedway during the 1969 and 1970 seasons.
The couple moved with their family to a farm near Allegan, Michigan, in 1973, where they lived until 2000, when they sold the farm and moved into town. Floyd loved dogs and enjoyed hunting and fishing, spending summers as a youth with favorite relatives in Howell, Mich., where during the summer of 1937 he kept a pet bear cub named "Muddy".
Floyd is survived by his wife, Doris; daughters, Jane Rios, Joy Clay (John, deceased) and Judy Tice; and a son, James (Georgene Agnich). He also is survived by grandchildren, Whillock Rios Koester (Ron), Lucia Rios Steele (Tim), Pearl Rios, and Jacob and Natalie Tice; as well as great-grand-children, Collin and Elliot Rios and Woodrow Floyd Steele. He is survived by a sister, Anita Middleton (Charles) of Morris; and a sister-in-law, Marion Schaible (Wayne) of Grand Rapids, MI.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, David (Lilian) and Wayne; and sisters, Anna Louise Benson (John) and Shirley Akre (Lawrence).
The family also wishes to thank long-time dear friend Sandy Coffey for her constant friendship and support.
Cremation rites were afforded. A memorial ceremony will be held at Gorden Funeral Residence, Allegan, MI, May 14, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. Floyd will be inurned at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Battle Creek, Mich.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Morris Fire Department, Morris, IL 60450
Published in Morris Daily Herald on May 13, 2014