August "Gus" Schade

August "Gus" Henry Schade
4/6/1914 - 5/3/2014
A.H. "Gus" Schade, 100, of Meridian, died Saturday, May 3, 2014 at his home. Gus was born in Milwaukie, Oregon on April 6, 1914 to Henry and Barbara Schade. He was raised in Milwaukie and graduated from the University of Oregon in 1942. Gus served in the U.S. Army in Germany during W.W.II.
On November 11, 1939 he married the love of his life Wilma Bain in Portland, Oregon. They spent 69 wonderful years together until her passing in 2009. Gus and Wilma were blessed with 2 children, Greg and Carol. He has resided in Oregon, California and Idaho.
They moved to Nampa in 1951 with their two children where he started Gem Fuel Company, now known as Gem Stop Company and still in operation today.
Gus enjoyed playing golf, fishing, bridge, and traveling. He and Wilma took many fishing trips and loved their Campbell River trips and Shepp Ranch trips in particular. They also spent many winters in Pismo Beach where they golfed at many beautiful golf courses and met many friends there. He was very active in the community including Kiwanis Club Governor, Masons, Elks Lodge, First Interstate Bank Board, Nampa School District Board, Hillcrest Country Club and the Snake River Stampede board and past president. He was also active in the Oil Heat Institute and on the Shell Jobber Council for many years.
Gus enjoyed his many trips to McCall and to Moscow to watch U of I football games. He even attended the season opener at the age of 99.
Gus is preceded in death by his wife of 69 years Wilma, parents and sister, Helena.
Surviving him are his sister; Barbara Boss of Texas, his children; Dr. Greg (Helmi) Schade of Boise and Carol (Don) Shepherd of Nampa, grandchildren; Philip (Marcie) Schade of Danville, California, and Christine (Russell) Sloan of Littleton, Colorado, Jeff Shepherd of Nampa, Janet (Craig) Lunt of Nampa, Jonathan (Emily) Shepherd of Boise, Great-grandchildren; Matt & Brett Schade, Patrick and Emily Sloan, Drew and Justin Lunt, and Ryan, Jake, and Cole Shepherd.
Gus was fortunate enough to have a multitude of family and friends help him celebrate his 100th birthday on April 6th. He was able to greet each and every one and loved having this celebration of his life. The family will be having a private memorial service for him at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery.
The family would like to thank Legacy Hospice and Touchmark at Meadowlake Village for your loving care of our dad. The family has requested memorial be made to, The Boys and Girls Club of Nampa, 316 Stampede Dr, Nampa, ID 83687 or University of Idaho Athletic Department, 875 Perimeter Drive, Moscow, ID 83844.
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Published in Idaho Press Tribune from May 11 to May 13, 2014