Stuart Imrie Schlegel
1928 - 2020
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Stuart Imrie Schlegel

Born May 4, 1928 - Died May 4, 2020

We are saddened to announce the passing of Stuart Imrie Schlegel on his 92nd birthday. Stuart was born on May 4, 1928 in San Diego, CA to Harry and Corrine Schlegel. Stuart is survived by his three daughters, Rebecca Brewer (Michael), Karyn Marmo (Joseph - D), Laurie Johnson (Rick), four grandchildren, four greatgrandchildren and brother Dr. Philip Schlegel (Willa).

Stuart met Nancy, his wife of 67 years, at a party in Indio while he was on leave from a four-year stint in the U.S. Marine Corps. They married on July 31, 1949 and moved to San Luis Obispo where Stuart attended Cal Poly University. In 1952, after graduation, they returned to the Coachella Valley where he began a career in agriculture and a lifetime of service to his community. In 1963 Stuart served as

President of the Coachella Valley Farm Bureau and in 1969 as President of the Desert Sands Board of Education and these were only a few of his "projects".

Following the end of their farming venture and their daughters' graduation from high school, Stuart and Nancy moved to Oregon. They owned and operated the O'Brien Country Store on the Redwood Highway. When grandchildren started arriving in the Valley, Stuart, Nancy and all their animals moved back to the Desert where Stuart became a mortgage officer and continued his love of community service by driving Marines to the 29 Palms Marine Base.

The most important things to remember about Stuart were his never-ending love of Nancy, his family and his community. He was extremely proud that his family had been Coachella Valley residents since 1939 and loved keeping up with numerous friends of every age. He had an unbelievable sweet tooth and made the best homemade ice cream in the desert. Stuart loved parties and dancing although Nancy was the only one who could keep up with him even though his daughters frequently tried.

We would like to thank Cori and all the staff at Comforts of Home assisted living for the outstanding care he was given.

A Celebration of Stuart's life will be held as soon as possible. If you would like to be notified when it is scheduled please email

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Published in The Desert Sun from May 22 to May 25, 2020.
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May 29, 2020
Stuart was a remarkable man. He was generally interested in what was going on in your life and was there to lend a ear. If you were down he was there to pick you up. If you needed help he was there to help. I dont think I ever saw him down. He had such a positive attitude and just enjoyed life. He was kind to everyone. I feel so blessed to have known him and he will live in my heart forever. My condolences to his daughters, his grandchildren, his brother and all family members. He will be missed by all.
Karen Ciccarelli
May 26, 2020
Dad, you were a perfect example of a good human being. We will certainly miss you and your smile. We will always remember you with love and respect.
Becky Brewer
May 25, 2020
Such a preciuos obituary, you will be ever missed Grandpa Stu but we are thankful that you can now be back with Grandma❤
Love, Bryan, Renee and Sydney
Renee Wolter
May 25, 2020
I have so many wonderful memories of Uncle Stu and could always count on some good jokes, an impish grin and some amazing guacamole & home made ice cream whenever I saw him. He had such an extensive knowledge of the Coachella Valley which he recently shared with my family during a short visit, which all of us will cherish. I know he and Nancy are dancing and sharing some sweet dance moves together again. I miss you Uncle!
Kristen Schlegel Cobbs
May 24, 2020
Stuart had a great sense of humor and independent spirit. He and Nancy were two singular and delightful people, and I feel fortunate to have known them both. He is missed.
Heidi Schlegel
May 24, 2020
Condolences from George Mitchell. He fondly remembers serving on the School Board with Stu. He was a good solid member. The two share a May 4th birthday.
George Mitchell
May 23, 2020
I will always remember him as tall and distinguished. I love the fact that they met at a party in Indio! We are all so fortunate to have been brought up there and by such wonderful people. I know he and Nancy are enjoying an even greater party now. May God continue to richly bless you girls and your families.
Carol Castro
May 22, 2020
We are going to miss you so much Dad. I hope you're up there doing the jitterbug with mom!
Love and miss you both.
Karyn Marmo
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