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Yazel-Megli Funeral Home, Marion Chapel
Friday July 30th, 2021
6:00pm - 8:00pm

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Yazel-Megli Funeral Home, Marion Chapel
Friday July 30th, 2021

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St. Mark's Church
Saturday July 31st, 2021

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Marion Cemetery
Saturday July 31st, 2021

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Charles Schlehuber

Rich’s life began on November 9, 1942, in Goessel.  He was the son of Arthur and Alice (Hannaman) Schlehuber.  Rich was a 1960 graduate of Marion High School.  He served his country in the United States Navy as a Seabee.  Rich’s Navy unit built runways in Guam and saw action in Vietnam.  He was proud of his country and his service to his country.  Rich was a life member of the VFW in Marion and enjoyed going to the American Legion in Hillsboro.  Rich’s faith was very important to him.  He was a long-time parishioner of Holy Family Parish in Marion.  Rich was nearly always the first person at church on Sunday morning, prayed the Rosary faithfully and was a Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus.  Rich’s loving family includes his loving companion of 31 years Betty Medley of Hillsboro; children James (Heather) Schlehuber of Marion, Sherry Schlehuber of AL, Jeremy Schlehuber of Hillsboro, Denise (Chris) Kostelac of Shawnee, KS, Rick (Tricia) Medley of Valley Center and Terry Medley of Topeka;  grandchildren Elise, Gabriella, Magdalen, Isaac, Samuel and Katharine Schlehuber, Matthew and Josh Schlehuber, Jacob Schlehuber, Avery, Colby, Tasha Kostelac, Russell, Carol, and AJ Medley, Brooke Medley and Jake Medley; and his siblings Larry ( Joyce) Schlehuber of MO. and Anita Hancock of Marion.  Rich passed away at his home on Thursday July 22nd.  He is preceded in death by his parents, granddaughter Abigail, brother Billy Schlehuber and sister Carole Post.  His family will gather with friends on Friday July 30th from 6-8 p.m. at Yazel-Megli Funeral Home, Marion where his Rosary service will begin at 7:30 p.m.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday July 31st at 10 a.m. at Holy Family Parish, 415 N. Cedar, Marion.  He will be laid to rest with military honors in Marion Cemetery.  Memorial contributions in Rich’s name may be directed to Marion VFW, Hillsboro American Legion or the Father Kapaun Legacy Fund in care of the funeral home.  Please sign his online guestbook and leave a memory of Rich at www.ymzfh.com.

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Well dad, I know you cannot read this, but I am stuck in this hotel room, and it is my only option. Mathew could not come back due to quarantine rules in Germany, and Josh and I made it as far as Tulsa before we had issues with Covid. When I was flying to Tulsa, I saw the most incredible cloud formations, unlike any I had ever seen from an airplane. The clouds looked like hundreds of mountains, with volcanic-like explosions bursting out of each one, and some explosions were perfectly symmetrical pillars shooting straight up into the atmosphere. It was one of the most beautiful things I had ever seen. I could not help but think, if these clouds are this amazing, how much more beautiful Heaven would be. I was sitting there mesmerized, until we hit turbulence and the plane banged and dropped, knocking the flight attendant on her butt. She had such a distorted look of shock on her face. I knew if you were sitting there, you would have been laughing trying not to laugh which would make you laugh even harder. You passed the same humor on to other people. I have the same problem. When pastor makes a joke in church that borders on inappropriate, people chuckle, but I keep picturing it in my mind, and I start shaking, trying not to laugh, and then the pew starts shaking, and I have to get up and leave for a few moments. Everyone tolerates me, because they know it is part of my Schlehuber DNA, and they like the humor when it is needed the most. I passed the same sense of humor on to the kids. Mathew actually takes improv classes in Germany, and Joshs goal in life is to make me laugh so hard I pee (excuse this if anyone reads it). Sometimes he has me laughing so hard when I am driving, I cannot see through the tears, and I have to put the flashers on and slow down to about 5 miles per hour. It became so bad, I finally had to embarrass him in public a few times and put the fear of Jesus in him so he would remember who the master is. I remember when I picked you up at the airport, and you were so terrified by driving on the freeway, you started pulling tiny bottles of Jack Daniels out of your pockets. I do not know how you bamboozled the flight attendant to fill your pockets, but you were a walking minibar. When you told me you used to go to a bar called Snookers when you were in the military, I could not believe I found it shocked that it was still in business. We drove all the way to Oxnard to play pool. I hope you remembered those fun times in silent times when you were alone like I do. On those adventures, you tried to make me laugh I tried to keep you out of trouble and even though neither one of us was 100% effective all the time, it was not for lack of effort. You told me last year that it is hell getting older, and it certainly is. Just when you think things are going along at a good pace, something comes along and knocks you on your butt just like the flight attendant. I remember when you took us to a Royals game in Kansas City, and the San Diego Chicken was there. I watched you laugh nonstop at his antics. Over the years, I recreated his props for Josh during college and when he was mascot for the BayBears. We were excited when Ted agreed to meet with us in San Diego at the Fox studio to mentor Josh. A year later, he invited Josh to perform with him in the summer, with one skit in front of a sold-out Padres crowd. It was one of the best moments of my life so funny. It is funny how things come around full circle. I wish I would have finished my book in time for you to read it, but I will finish it soon, and give you the acknowledgement we talked about. I have been so busy taking care of everyone else this last year since the storm, I have not had time to take care of my own life. My church family is praying for everyone. They are a bunch of prayer warriors. I love those people. They are so full of Gods love, that despite our irritations or mistakes or ups and downs, they are always there with open arms an unconditional love that can only come from people full of Gods love not always easy but their strength inspires me. A couple of years ago one of our members, Myrtle, who I spend a lot of time with working with the youth, or catering weddings (she planned Joshs wedding and I catered), was diagnosed with multiple areas of terminal cancer. When I went to her house, I waited for the rest of the ladies group to leave. They were all so positive and full of strength telling her everything would be fine. When the last lady walked out the door, I burst out in tears, bawling like a big baby. I was so scared and Myrtle with horrible cancer sat there and consoled me for two hours. What strength! She is cancer free now and a rock, and she is praying for you all with the rest of our church members. I know through their prayers they will send peace to those who are grieving. Anyway I digress. I know you are resting peacefully. You will be in our thoughts always as you have been despite the distance. Mathew Arthur, Joshua Richard, and your daughter. P.S. I had more funny stories to tell but you always hated my long e-mails.

Sherry Jul 29 2021 12:00 AM

You are missed.

Lloyd and Carole Sklenar Jul 27 2021 12:00 AM

Walter and I send our deepest condolence for your loss.

Walter Hein Jul 26 2021 12:00 AM

Fair winds and following seas sailor."Boatswain... Standby to pipe the side... Shipmate's going Ashore..."Thank you Charles for your service to this nation. U.S. Navy.

Harry Simpson Jul 25 2021 12:00 AM

Tim and I send our deepest condolences. He was a trustworthy leader to Tim at work. God bless his family, Tim and Barb Schneider

Tim and Barb Schneider Jul 25 2021 12:00 AM

Wayne and I send our deepest condolences for your loss.

Wayne and Neva Kreutziger Jul 23 2021 12:00 AM

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