John J. Schuler
John J. Schuler
March 1, 1933 – Aug. 22, 2014
John J. Schuler passed away peacefully at his Crows Landing home on Friday, Aug. 22 surrounded by his wife and children. Mr. Schuler was born in El Centro to Joseph and Mary Schuler and with his family, moved to Patterson in 1942. Because he valued agriculture from an early age, he purchased a hay baler when he was thirteen and agriculture remained a life-long passion.
After attending Fresno State University, John became at U.S. Air Force pilot, crossing the Pacific regularly. He retired from the military as a Captain in 1958 and immediately
became involved in agriculture real estate and farming by planting an apricot orchard.
John married Carol Peters on June 17, 1961. Together they built a happy marriage for 53 years, which John considered, together with his four wonderful children, as his greatest
blessing in life. In 1972, John and Carol designed and built a home along Orestimba Creek in Crows Landing and established what John considered his “own private paradise.” John loved trees and was the first person to establish live oaks along the Creek.
In 1963, John joined the Farm Credit System, becoming the Chief Regional Appraiser in the Five-Western State District of the Farm Credit System. His expertise in agriculture
real estate was not limited to California as he did economic studies to establish lending guidelines throughout all of Hawaii, Utah and part of Arizona.
In 1979, he and two other partners purchased a cattle property in Queensland, Australia, developing it to farming. In 1988, he retired from Farm Credit and began his work as a
private Fee Appraiser, Farm and Ranch Real Estate Broker and Property Manager. He was currently involved in a citrus grove in Fresno County.
His life-long interests were real estate, farming and the economy. He was known for his acute knowledge of commodities, stocks and bonds. He served on the Father Connors Endowment Fund in this capacity. He generously donated his time, support and resources to Sacred Heart Parish and to the Diocese. John was a long-standing member of the Crows Landing Lions Club and volunteered weekly at the St. Vincent De Paul Thrift Store. He remained active with his high school class, hosting multiple class reunions at his home. In addition, he was an avid runner and ran daily. Mr. Schuler was devoted family man; honest and hardworking. All who knew him recognized that he was a man of character.
Mr. Schuler is survived by his wife, Carol Schuler of Crows Landing; sons, Eric (Francesca) Schuler of Sonoma and Matthew Schuler of Chico; daughters, Anne (Doug) Hunt of Lafayette and Daria (Scott) Smithers of Portola Valley; seven grandchildren and his sister, Mary Louise Correia of Patterson.
A Visitation will be observed from 6 to 7 p.m. followed by a Vigil at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29 at Sacred Heart Church in Patterson. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30 at Sacred Heart Church in Patterson. A private Interment will be held at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Santa Nella.
Memorial contributions in Mr. Schuler’s name may be sent to Father Connors Endowment, P.O. Box 1174, Patterson, CA 95363; St. Vincent de Paul Building Fund, c/o Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 529 I St., Patterson, CA 95363 or Community Hospice Foundation, 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto, CA 95356.
Services conducted by Hillview Funeral Chapels