Harold Schlichting

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Harold E. Schlichting, Jr

Port Sanilac

Harold E. Schlichting, Jr., age 87 died Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at the Sanilac Medical Care Facility, Sandusky.

He was born March 19, 1926 in Ferndale to the late Harold E. Sr. and Mary M. (Fitzgerald) Schlichting.  Harold and Mary Southworth married on August 20, 1949 in Lansing.

He was a WWII Veteran of the U.S. Army.  He was a botany professor at University of North Texas and North Carolina State University.  Harold received his Masters and PhD. from Michigan State University, and Bachelors Degree from the University of Michigan.  He was a member of St. Marys Catholic Church in Port Sanilac.   Harold was a member of the Port Sanilac Cemetery Board, a past President and council member of the Village of Port Sanilac, he was on the Planning Commission and the Carsonville-Port Sanilac School Board.

He attended and taught at so many universities that he said at least one of his "schools" would have a winning team every Saturday.  Harold always placed individual ability and merit above social norms; he hired the first black student to teach laboratory students in the biology department at North Texas University in 1964.  He founded BioControl company in 1973, invented and patented air and water biomonitors, an organic waste converter, and a glued-seem plankton net.  Harold developed organic garden soil conditioner and potting and rooting compound.  He was always interested in the how and why of everything and looked for the underlying causes of everything.  He wanted to return to thinking and writing about underlying causes-philosophy, one of his earliest interests.

Harold is survived by his wife Mary; 5 sons Walt (Maura) of Oxford, Tom (Karen), and Art (Lois), both of Port Sanilac, Dan (Laura) of Columbus, Ohio, and Joe (Vivian) of Houston, Texas; son in law Richard Walsh;  14 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren;  one sister, Gladys Saylor of Deleware.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Anne, and  sister Mary Barnes.

Funeral Services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, December 14 at Ave Maria Parish St. Marys Catholic Church, Port Sanilac.  Fr. Donald Eppenbrock will officiate.  Interment will be in the Port Sanilac Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Pomeroy Funeral Home, Lexington from 3-8 PM Friday and at the Church from 10-11 AM Saturday.

Memorials may be made to the church. www.pomeroyfuneralhomes.com

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Pomeroy Funeral Home
4 South Howard Avenue Croswell, MI 48422
(810) 679-9800
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Published in The Times Herald from Dec. 11 to Dec. 12, 2013
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