Darrell Dean Schlueter, 84 of Clayton, IL and many other towns passed away with Dementia but not due to Covid (he did get that twice, even with no visitors allowed and all staff wearing masks, but was a symptomatic both times) on April 16, 2021
at Creve Coeur Manor in St. Louis (baseball heaven). He was born on December 25, the first of six children of the late Ed and Mildred (Millie) Heinecke Schlueter of Clayton, IL.
Darrell graduated from Camp Point Central High School in 1954 and graduate from Western Illinois University. He was a proud Marine, which he never forgot. He still saluted the Marine that worked at the nursing home when he saw him until the end. After the Marine Corp, he went to Vietnam to teach them how to farm by coop (can’t remember for what organization). He also worked as an Independent Organic Farmer before it was cool, at PCA, Clayton State Bank as the President and other banks. He retired from FHA in Holbrook, Arizona but worked in various locations. Darrell belonged to the Trinity Lutheran Church while growing up and the Federated Church in Clayton. He was an active member of the Clayton Lions Club for years and American Legion until going into the nursing home. He was also a member of The National Rifle Association and several other Conservative Organizations (thank God, yes he believed in God). He was a blood donor to the Red Cross for as long as he could be and giving to anyone who asked. He was always smiling.
Darrell was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Marie (Martha McCabe), son Todd Alan, brother Duane, sister Diana Wear (Gene), in-laws James and Iris McCabe, sister in-law Gladys (Jim) McCabe and brother in-law Don (Helen) White. He is survived by his daughter Gretchen Marie Schlueter and Grandson Jared Todd Stukel, his siblings Donley (Karen) of Taylorville, Delmer (Cheryl) of Carthage and Dee (Butch) Sorrells of Mt. Sterling and Shirley Kemper his companion. There are numerous nieces, nephews and cousins to list.
Darrell enjoyed gardening, drinking coffee at the various Liar’s Tables, reading- especially health books, westerns and self help books, road trips (not the kind you are probably thinking about) and spending time with family, especially his grandson Jared.
A visitation will be held at the Hamilton Funeral Home in Clayton on Monday, April 19th from 4:00 pm
until 6:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Jared Stukel to further his education, Dementia research or any conservative organization or candidate of your choice. Condolences may be sent to the Hamilton Funeral Home. A special thank you to the staff at Creve Coeur Manor, Mercy Hospital and Alternative Hospice for taking such great care of Darrell. He wishes all of you had known him prior to this disease.
If you are still reading this and have older parents or before you get too old, please do some research about the deadly disease, dementia. It robbed him of his inheritance (it is very easy to be taken advantage of or do something you wouldn’t normally do), dignity, speech, memories and mind. You will lose the person twice. They are living but not alive.
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