Daryl Schlender

Daryl Schlender

Friday, April 22nd, 1938 - Friday, February 19th, 2021
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Daryl Schlender, of Stevensville, Michigan, left this world peacefully at his home on Friday, February 19, 2021.

A private memorial service will be held Monday, March 1, 2021, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Service. Memorials may be made to Paws of Hope at or the Berrien Community Foundation’s Silver Beach Carousel Society, Inc., at Those wishing to share a memory online of Daryl may do so at

Daryl was born April 22, 1938 in St. Joseph, MI to Erdman & Elvira (Metz) Schlender. He graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1956 and then attended Lake Michigan College. Daryl was a charismatic and dedicated insurance agent for AAA Insurance for over 40 years, and he created many lasting friendships in the community. On July 15, 1978 he married Lynn Pelkey in St. Joseph. He was a local historian and author of three books: 3 Tales of a City: Historical Sketches of St. Joseph, Michigan, Silver Sands and Golden Memories: The History of Silver Beach Amusement Park, and Jacobia: The Erstwhile Dream of Henry William Jacobs.

In his spare time, he enjoyed collecting Civil War, WWI, and WWII memorabilia, collecting classic cars, and fishing. He spent many years on the Lakeshore Youth Baseball Association Board of Directors while coaching and watching his sons play baseball. His greatest love in life was his sons and grandchildren.

Daryl is survived by his wife Lynn Schlender; sons Jeff Schlender, Gregg (Lisa) Schlender, Brett Schlender, and Jared (Fiancée Sheyenne Delaney) Schlender,; three grandchildren Colette Schlender, Ava Schlender and Noelle Schlender; and siblings Margorie Ullrich, Marlene Walker and Dan Schlender. Daryl is also survived by his in-laws Kenneth and Connie Conklin, Cheryl Pelkey, David and Kim Fritz, and Terry and Sharna Pelkey.

Daryl was preceded in death by his parents, his mother and father-in-law, Richard and Joan Pelkey, and a sister-in-law Karen Pelkey-Hillegas.
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Fred Reddel

Posted at 02:44pm
Dear Lynn and family,
Darryl and I each grew up on a corner of Pixley Avenue. We spent 12 years together attending Trinity and Saint Joe Hi. It was a fun time in our lives; sharing family experiences and all the things young boys do. He was a good businessman who cared about his community and his family. He was a great friend. I enjoy the memories I shared with him. I trust your entire family will find peace in your memories as well. Please accept my deepest condolences.
Fred Reddel

Dan Schlender

Posted at 04:00pm
Condolences to the family!

May Daryl have experienced peace, and may his family have peace and grace.

Dan and Elspeth

Carol Ramsay

Posted at 10:52pm
Lynn and Family, I was very sad to hear about Daryl's passing. He was a remarkable man and will be lovingly remembered. His last years were difficult for him and for all of you. To witness a loved one's decline is heartbreaking. Our family experienced this with our father. We lost the man we knew and loved ten years before his actual death. The entire family moved heaven and earth to help him and Mom during those long, painful years. Grief can be very complicated in these circumstances. It's made even more challenging when the family has other losses during a protracted decline of a loved one. My family faced this, and your family has, as well. You are a loving, close-knit family. I pray that you will find comfort at this difficult time, and that your best memories of Daryl will bring you peace and smiles on the darkest days. The Pelkey-Schlender Family makes this world a better place. I send you my love.

Linda McConville

Posted at 07:44pm
Dear Lynn and family,
So very sorry to hear of Daryl's passing. He was a dear friend early in my marriage to Jim and we enjoyed wonderful times together throughout the years. Since both Jeff and Gregg were 4th graders of mine, Daryl was one of my favorite dads! I also remember him being on the Bd of Ed when I was originally hired as a teacher at Trinity. There are so many memories that are special. May God grant you all peace and strength at this difficult time.

Linda McConville

Tami Walton

Posted at 07:46am
Oh, Lynn, I am so sorry to hear of Daryl's passing. My prayers are with you and your whole family.

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