One of Norwalk’s most cherished and well-known, Gordon E. Schaechterle, was taken home to be with his Lord on July 15, 2013, in Fisher-Titus Medical Center.
He was born Nov. 12, 1928, in Havanna, Ohio, son of the late Alfred O. and Alice (Eastman) Schaechterle. The legacy of faithfulness that Gordon established over his 84 years continues as a heritage that he instilled in his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren for generations to come. Happily married to his high school sweetheart, Norma, their commitment to hold fast to their wedding vows for more than 60 years is an example for all of us. Norma was by his side when Gordon left this earth.
An outstanding athlete throughout his life, Gordon won numerous letters in several sports during his days at Norwalk High School in the 1940s — and enthusiastically passed on his love of competition to his children and all those around him. He played many different sports, including church dartball, and he was an active participant in the Thursday night couples league at Eagle Creek.
He served his country in the National Guard after high school and made a living as a Sohio fuel distributor for many years before becoming involved in real estate. Gordon helped start, and managed for many years, the Mike Myers Century 21 Real Estate Office in Norwalk, where he trained many of the most successful Realtors in the community.
Gordon faithfully served as a key leader at Calvary Baptist Church and was foundational to the growth and development of that church for more than 60 years. He touched the lives and hearts of many people in his positions of Sunday School teacher, superintendent, and deacon, as he unselfishly shared his love for his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Gordon not only taught others by his words, but he lived his faith with his deeds, humility and generosity for anyone in need.
He was actively involved for many years in local outreach organizations, including Kiwanis, Gideons International and Prison Fellowship; and willingly sacrificed his time for the benefit of many.
His family celebrates his life knowing with certainty Gordon now begins eternal life in glory. Gordon loved his family more than anything on earth, and was always there for us.
He is survived by his wife, Norma; children, Cynthia, Becky, Chip (Betsy), Dale (Vicky) and Amy; grandchildren, Heather, Heidi, Aaron, Adam, Eddie, Holly, Halston, Hudson and Emily; great-grandchildren, Carson, Madison, Addison, Jase and another soon to be delivered. He is also survived by his brother, John (Jill) Schaechterle of Milan and by his sister, Donna Tyson of Norwalk. All of us remember Grandpa Schaechterle as a man of integrity, kindness, laughter, and deep faith. He will be greatly missed as his impact continues for generations.
Friends may call from 1 p.m. Sunday, July 21, until services at 2:30 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 250 Benedict Ave., Norwalk. Pastor James McClain will officiate. Burial will be in Hester Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 780 Park Ave. W., Mansfield, OH 44906; or to the American Heart Association Columbus Metro, 5455 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214.
Condolences may be shared at edwalkerfuneralhome.com.