Bertram C. "Bert" Schaller
1926 - 2021
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Bertram C. "Bert" Schaller

West Des Moines - After 94 years of bestowing onto his community an endearing charisma, a devotion to family, and contagious positivity, Bert Schaller passed away peacefully April 3, 2021. A visitation and celebration of life will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 7th at Iles Dunn's Chapel. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 8th at Dunn's Chapel and live-streamed from Bert's obituary page at IlesCares.com. Interment will follow at Chapel Hill Gardens Cemetery on Merle Hay Road.

Bert was born August 29, 1926 in Earlville, IA to Gerald and Frances Schaller. Along with his 4 siblings, Clyde, Marion, Edgar, and Dorothy, he had an idyllic childhood on the family dairy farm.

At the age of 14, the Schaller family moved to Des Moines, where Bert enrolled and graduated from Roosevelt High School. A talented athlete, he then attended Drake University on a basketball scholarship. His pride in Drake University never waned, and he was one of the university's biggest fans and boosters. In 1981, Bert was honored to receive the Double D award from Drake which is presented to former athletes, recognizing their achievements in their professions and dedication to community service.

Bert enlisted in the United States Navy at a very young age, and he served his country proudly in World War II aboard the USS Foss. In later years, he enjoyed reunions with his shipmates from around the country. In 2009, Bert was privileged to be a part of the Honor Flight, where he visited Washington D.C. with other World War II veterans.

While home from leave, Bert met his wife and forever dance partner, Dee Foster, at the Tromar Ballroom in Des Moines. They were wed July 6, 1946 and were married 68 wonderful years. Bert and Dee raised two daughters, Linda and Cindy, who were Bert's pride and joy.

After his military service, he purchased a service station located at 28th Street and Grand Avenue, which he owned and operated until his retirement in 1991. Bert built "Schaller's" into THE neighborhood shop with an unmatched work ethic, integrity, and passion. At Schaller's, Bert serviced many governors' vehicles, multiple generations of Des Moines families, and long-term clients. Included among them was Frank Miller, who made Schaller's the focal point of many of his cartoons which were published regularly in the Des Moines Register.

Bert was more than optimistic or charismatic. "Super!" "Great!" and "Wonderful!" were always a part of his daily vocabulary. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren struggle to remember him ever having a bad day. Bert had a passion for life and family and did his best to bring a bit of joy to anyone he encountered. Of the dozens of positive characteristics that comprised Bert's personality, his zeal and charm will be remembered most.

Bert was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, and beloved wife. He is survived by his daughters, Linda (Bill) Weidmaier of Clive and Cindy Spann of Van Meter; grandchildren, Todd (Teresa) Weidmaier, Keri Weidmaier (Jake Cummings), Colby (Abby) Spann, Chelsea (Rob) West, Jared (Shawna) Spann; and great grandchildren, Lauren and Parker Ellingboe, Will Weidmaier, Walker West, and Addison Spann; and many nieces and nephews. They are tasked with ensuring Bert's legacy lives on within each of them, by sharing stories, honoring his commitment to family, and spreading joy to those they encounter.

The family extends its heartfelt thanks to the staff at Edgewater for their care and dedication.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to AHeinz 57 or Drake Athletic Department in Bert's memory.






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Published in the Des Moines Register from Apr. 3 to Apr. 4, 2021.
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April 4, 2021
Mr. Schaller was so lovely and a true gentleman. I purchased gasoline from him for years and my daughters and I would thank him and his staff every year with a rum cake at Christmas. He always made us smile. What a long and wonderful life he had. It was a privilege to know him.

Kimberly Patterson
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April 4, 2021
How could we not remember dear Bert?? One of the kindest, sweetest, and wonderful men, I have ever met-besides my father!! Bert was one of a kind!!! No matter how down you were, Bert was happy, upbeat and full of joy, so you could not be crabby! I know how hard this man worked! He was the last one of his kind! They broke the mold when Bert, passed away! God speed, Bert! May God bless you in all his glory!!! RIP
Debora Dickinson
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April 4, 2021
Dear Family,
The last time I spoke with Bert was around Christmas. My late husband, Andy Riggs, and I had many wonderful times with Dee and Bert in Des Moines, Mesa and Scottsdale, Arizona.

Bert was very special...so kind, thoughtful and fun to be with...I will miss our telephone visits...

My sympathies to your family.

Fran Riggs
Scottsdale, Arizona
Frances Riggs
Friend
April 4, 2021
Linda and Bill and all of the family my sincere condolences on the passing of one of my favorite insurance clients Bert. He certainly had a Life well lived and I am grateful that I had A chance to be a small part of it.
Doug Drake
Friend
April 4, 2021
Dear Linda, Bill and Family,
We send our deepest sympathy to you and your entire family on the passing of your father. He was one of the most enthusiastic and caring people we have ever known. It was a pleasure to know your family for years, but in 1988 when I moved our practice across the street from your father's Service Station, he became a part of our life weekly during our years in Des Moines. May God bless all of you during this difficult time, and may his wonderful memories help.
Dr. Dave and Linda J Hansen
Friend
April 3, 2021
Dear kinda and Cindy and Families,
Your dad was one of the BEST! Such a kind, dear, loving soul. May your treasured precious memories give you comfort.
Paulette Taylor
Paulette Taylor
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April 3, 2021
Dear kinda and Cindy and Families,
Your dad was one of the BEST! Such a kind, dear, loving soul. May your treasured precious memories give you comfort.
Paulette Taylor
Paulette Taylor
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