Herbert Schuette


(Feb. 2, 2007)

Herbert E. Schuette of Powell, 81, died Friday, Feb. 2 at the Powell Valley Care Center.

Born July 1, 1925 in Sheboygan, Wisc., Herb was the second of four children born to Herbert J. and Irmgard (Trester) Schuette.

At the age of 16, Herb enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served his country proudly and honorably in the South Pacific in WWII. He was the youngest Staff Sergeant in the USMC and served on Guam and Guadalcanal. After his discharge, Herb returned to Wisconsin where he attended the University of Wisconsin and graduated in June, 1950 with a B.S. in Institutional Economics.

In August of that year, he purchased a one-way ticket to New York to meet for the first time his wartime pen-pal, Irmgard Busch. He proposed a week after he arrived, and they were married the following Jan. 7, 1950. Herb and Irmgard moved to New Jersey where they raised their three children and lived until moving to Cody in 1994. They later moved to Powell in 2003.

Herb earned his Masters in Business Administration from New York University and went to work in the field of investment compliance. He was managing editor for a securities publication, followed by work in administration and security analysis for a mutual fund investment advisory firm. He then went to work as the head of the Division of Supervisory Standards for the New York Stock Exchange. He later worked for a stock brokerage firm as Managing Partner, and then for 15 years for Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Company Financial Services Company as Director of Compliance until his retirement in 1986. After retiring, Herb ran his own handyman business for several years.

He was very active in the church and served in many offices of his congregation. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, woodworking, fixing all kinds of things, rescuing his wife from killer mice, and teasing his kids. He also read voraciously and gobbled up any books he could find on archaeology. Herb was a man of great faith, a staunch conservative, a diehard Green Bay Packers and NY Mets fan, a brilliant, articulate and very tough (but gentle) man.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Raymond.

He is survived by his wife, Irmgard; son Douglas (Mary) of Pennsylvania, and daughters Carol (Pete) Peterson and Donna Schuette, both of Powell; a brother Charles (Jinny) and sister Elizabeth of Sheboygan, Wisc.; two grandsons, Robert (Erica) and Sean (Amy) Schuette and one granddaughter Patricia (Chris) Ryan, all of Pennsylvania.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Powell at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 8. For those who wish, the family would appreciate donations to the Immanuel Lutheran Memorial Fund in Herb’s name.