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W. Jacques Schuler Jr.


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W. Jacques Schuler Jr. Obituary
W. Jacques Schuler, Jr.

Memphis, TN

W. Jacques Schuler, Jr., the eldest son of W. Jacques Schuler, Sr. and Virginia Mayer Schuler, was born in Erie, Pennsylvania on July 10, 1932.

His childhood activities were channeled by the walking distance of his family home to Presque Isle Bay, an ideal place for sailing and gaining access to the beaches on Lake Erie. Also influenced by Washington's encouragement of home front service to support the war effort, Jacques planted a "victory garden" which led to his life-long delight in gardening and the satisfaction of performing strenuous physical labor.

Jacques graduated from the Hill School in Pottstown, PA, and from Washington and Lee University. It was at Washington and Lee that he met Osbourne Schaefer, who became his roommate, and closest friend for 65 years. It was Osbourne who convinced Jacques to move to Memphis in 1958 following the fulfillment of his ROTC obligation.

His ability to contribute to his adopted community was facilitated by the flexibility of bachelorhood for the first 16 years and by the public and community relations position that he held at Mid-South Title Company. He took special pride from his extensive involvement in the Phoenix Club's support for the Boys (and later Girls) Clubs of Memphis. In addition to contributing and soliciting financial support, he was deeply involved in securing the old Barksdale Police Station as the Boys Clubs' first facility. But his greatest satisfaction came from working directly with inner city youth at The Boys Club Camp in Como, Mississippi.

Despite this year-round commitment during his bachelor years, he somehow found time for involvement with the Cotton Carnival, the Navy League, the Liberty Bowl and playing Santa Claus. Therefore, he began in 1966 to put down permanent roots by purchasing an old house on Hacks Cross Road in Germantown, joining Germantown Presbyterian Church, and establishing a residential contracting business. Inevitably, his penchant for community activities led to his involvement in the Germantown Charity Horse Show, where he had the great good fortune to meet Gayle Worthingham Ragen, who had some accomplished riders among her five children from a prior marriage.

They were married in 1974 and shared the next 32 years in a loving and joyful relationship. They travelled extensively in the U.S. and abroad, most notably to the town of Holzgau, Austria where they spent the fall months for more than 20 years. When at home, Jacques delighted in taking on the full responsibilities of being a grandfather even attending a class on how to be a grandparent, which resulted in lots of cookies and suckers, much to his grandchildren's delight.

After the sudden loss of his beloved wife and companion to cancer in 2005, Jacques made a valiant effort to pursue the paths and places that had brought them so much joy.

Services will be 10 a.m., Saturday, July 14 at Germantown Presbyterian Church. The family will receive guests immediately after the service.

The family requests that memorials be sent to Dixon Gallery and Gardens, the Church Health Center or a , in lieu of flowers.
Published in The Commercial Appeal on July 11, 2018
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