Russell E. Schauer, 86

Russell E. Schauer, 86, passed away peacefully at Autumn Oaks on Thursday, July 28, 2011 at the age of 86 years.

Russell was born on Feb. 22, 1925, in Hartford to Walter and Laura (nee Keller) Schauer. Russell was a self-employed milk hauler for Golden Guernsey for more than 40 years. He also served on the Slinger Village Board, and he was a member of the Slinger Fire Department for 27 years with 17 years as treasurer.

In his retirement, he enjoyed golfing, fishing, spending time with his grandchildren, as well as being an avid fan of the Rock River League.
Russell is survived by his loving wife Dolores (nee Peil). He is a loving father to Mary (Dave) Meyer, Debbie (Brian) Laabs, Steven (Kathy) Schauer, and Kathy (Don) Bruni and loving grandpa to seven grandchildren Jason (fiancée Vicki Winkelmann) Meyer, Joe Laabs, Erika and Monica Schauer, and Andy, Emily, and Alex Bruni; sister Dorothy (Howard) Werner; brother William (Marlene) Schauer; and many other nieces, nephews, other relatives, and dear friends.

Russell is preceded in death by his parents Walter and Laura; brother Robert; in-laws Charles (Helen) Peil; brothers-in-law Charles (Frances) Peil, Ray (Florence) Peil; sister-in-law Dorothy (Jack) Zehloff; nephew Ronald Peil; and nieces Susie Zehloff and Judy (Werner) Voskull.

A funeral service for Russell will be at 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel, 1420 W. Paradise Drive in West Bend with the Rev. Paul Johnsen presiding.

Visitation will be at the funeral home only on Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, from 4 p.m. until 6:45 p.m. Interment to take place at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Hartford.

The family would like to extend a special “thank you” to the staff of both Autumn Oaks and Seasons Hospice for helping my loving husband and our dad.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family, (262) 338-2050 or