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Daryl Schlender

Daryl Schlender

Friday, April 22nd, 1938 - Friday, February 19th, 2021
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Obituary

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 www.pawsofhope.org or the Berrien Community Foundation’s Silver Beach Carousel Society, Inc., at www.berriencommunity.org/silverbeachcarousel. Those wishing to share a memory online of Daryl may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.

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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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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Phyllis Palmer

Posted at 03:25pm
Hello Lynn: I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Your husband was not just a colleague but a true friend. I will always remember his fun-loving attitude, and the positive impact he had on all who met him. He was a truly special man. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy over his passing. Phyllis Palmer
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William Stanley

Posted at 02:42pm
Lynn and Family,

Our deepest sympathy's to you all. Know that our prayers and support are with you.
Beth and Bill
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Judy C. Pierson

Posted at 10:23am
Dearest Lynn -
I am so very sorry for your loss of Daryl!
Sending abundant love to you and yours,
Judy (Pierson)
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