Leland Charles Scheu
Prominent business and community leader and a patriarch of the Scheu Family passed away in his home on May 6, 2014.
Leland was born February 3, 1929 to Willis and Ruth Scheu in Santa Monica, California. He grew up in Upland and attended Elsinore Naval and Military Academy, Chaffey High School and Menlo Junior College before graduating from the University of New Mexico in 1951 with a business degree.
After college Leland joined the family business, Scheu Manufacturing, ushering in the third generation in the orchard heater company founded by Leland's grandfather, W.C. Scheu in 1911. From the age of 14 Leland worked under his father during the summers as a warehouseman. Over the years he worked in maintenance, purchasing, shipping, and sales learning all aspects of the business. When his father died in 1967, Leland took the helm and went on to become Chairman of the Board. He and his brother Allyn Scheu expanded the orchard heater company into construction and space heaters. At the height of its success, Scheu Manufacturing operated out of four warehouses in downtown Upland and employed 350 people. The company had distributors in nearly every major city in the United States, Australia, Europe, Israel and New Zealand.
The success of Scheu Manufacturing led to multiple other business ventures. He and his brother Allyn partnered in Steel, Citrus Farming and Commercial Real Estate companies which continue today. Leland was also a founding member and Chairman of the Board of Upland National Bank, now Pacific Western Bank. He was devoted to his work and to his employees.
Leland married Julia Walker Smith in 1956. Together they made their home in Upland, raised their two daughters Nevin and Allyson, and later welcomed their grandchildren Julia and Logan, whom they loved so much. They enjoyed a wide circle of friends in the Upland Community. Outside of Upland they enjoyed time in Sun Valley, Idaho and Palm Desert. They traveled the world visiting Europe, China, Russia, Africa and the South Seas. They were married 50 years until Julie's passing in 2007.
Leland was a great outdoorsman and sportsman. He loved his home garden where he grew every variety of vegetable and fruit tree. He enjoyed tennis, golfing and boating. He was a life long member at Red Hilll Country Club and Balboa Bay Club. He was an avid fisherman and bird hunter and belonged to duck hunting clubs In Idaho and Southern California. He fished all over the world from Canada to Easter Island. His greatest fishing conquest was the landing of a 400 pound Marlin.
Leland believed that charity begins at home. It was very important to him to support the Upland Community. He was an enthusiastic supporter of Upland Little League, the Boy Scouts of America, Casa Colina and a was a major supporter of San Antonio Hospital and the Scheu Family YMCA.
He is survived by his daughters Nevin Scheu and Allyson Scheu McQuade, his son in law Tom McQuade, his grandchildren Julia and Logan McQuade, his brother Allyn Scheu, his nephews and nieces Craig and Kathy Scheu, Curtis Scheu, Mark and Dianna Scheu and Kristen and Eric Overman and his great nephews and nieces, Kara, Morgan, Kendall, Curtis Jr, Reagan, Skylee, Chase, Ariel, Allie, Alec, Ana, Dean, and Maddie and his Scheu Companies Family.
The family wishes to thank Ana Maria Perez, Grace Trujillo,
Naiely Ramirez and Robert Amoranto for their love and care.
He leaves behind a legacy of accomplishment, adventure and love and we will remember him always.
Services will be held Friday May 16, 2014 at 11:00 at Stone Funeral Home in Upland at 355 E. 9th Street.
For more information please visit the website at www.Stonefuneralhomeupland.com
In Lieu of flowers a donation in Leland Scheu's name may be made to: Scheu Family YMCA 1150 East Foothill Blvd., Upland, CA 91786, San Antonio Hospital Foundation 999 San Bernardino Road, Upland, CA 91786 or Alzheimer's Disease Research P.O. Box 1950, Clarksburg, MD 20871.