Gary Schuster, age 70, died unexpectedly Sunday April 22 at his home in Matthews NC. Born just outside of Scranton PA, Gary was an only child to Lavern and Gertrude Schuster. A standout baseball and football athlete in his youth, Gary received an invitation to tryout for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Deciding rather to enlist in the US Air Force, Gary was stationed in San Antonio Texas where he would meet Betty, his wife of 48 years. Gary and Betty were married July 26, 1969 and were living in a single bedroom trailer in San Antonio.
Gary loved to camp and fish at Canyon Lake in Texas with his many friends and maintained his love of the outdoors throughout his life. While in San Antonio his first daughter, Stephanie was born. A few short years later in Medina, Ohio, his second daughter Cindy would arrive. After his time with the Air Force, Gary accepted a job with the Federal Government that would take him and his family from Texas to Kentucky to Ohio to Michigan and finally to North Carolina. After years of only living briefly in each state, North Carolina became home in 1984.
Gary never knew a stranger. Regardless of circumstance, he was always willing to take time to get to know everyone he encountered. From the ticket taker at the zoo, to the many people he served at Meals on Wheels. He was often the butt of good natured jokes, but that was also what endeared him to others. His gregarious nature made him stand out and he was beloved. His easy going attitude was coupled with his insatiable desire to always be prepared and on time. Gary was your go-to guy if you needed help. Regardless of distance, he was always willing to volunteer his time, love, and energy. His infectious laugh put you at ease and his desire to help further endeared him to all who met him. From spear heading swim team dinners at home and feeding countless teenagers pancake breakfasts to his current volunteer work with the United Way and Meals on Wheels, he was happiest being needed.
Gary is survived by his wife, two daughters, two son-in-laws, 6 grandchildren, and 5 grandcats.
A celebration of his life will be Saturday April 28 from 12:00pm-4:00pm at the residence of his eldest daughter, located at 936 Iberville Street Charlotte. Food and beverages will be provided.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating your time or money to your local Meals on Wheels.
Donations may be made to:
Friendship Trays Meals on Wheels in Charlotte-Mecklenburg