Thomas R. Schuler

A Mass of the Resurrection was held on Saturday, December 27, 2014 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Munich for Thomas R. Schuler, 78 of Munich.


Posted on 1/2/15

He died Saturday, December 20, 2014 at Heartland Care Center of pancreatic cancer surrounded by his family and under the care of Altru Hospice.

Interment at St. Mary’s Cemetery, rural Munich.

Thomas Roman Schuler was born in Munich on March 29, 1936 to Roman and Marguerite (Artz) Schuler. He attended school in Munich, graduating from high school in 1954. He and Mary Ellen Korb were married in 1957 in St. Boniface Church in Calio. They were members of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Munich. They lived in Munich until October of 2014, when they moved to Devils Lake as his illness progressed. He worked for his father in the Schuler Hardware and Implement after graduating from high school. In 1975, he and his brother Dick, bought the business from their Dad and operated it until the end of 2002 when they retired. He was elected to the City Board in 1970 and served as an Alderman until June, 2000 when he was elected Mayor. He was instrumental in getting the city streets paved and the rural water project to Munich.  He served as Mayor until 2012. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and bowling when he was younger. He and Mary Ellen spent most summer weekends at Wood Lake. He was a member of the Knight of Columbus, Elks, the Munich Rural Fire Department and the Munich Commercial Club.

Tom is survived by his loving family. His wife of 57 years, Mary Ellen; sons Lynn (Barb) Schuler, Maple Grove, Minn., Gary (Terri) Schuler, Webster, Mike (Diane) Schuler, Grand Forks; daughters Debra (Jim) Budish, Starkweather, Donna (Paul) Henderson, Calvin and Karen (Justin) Swanson, Devils Lake; 20 grandchildren; brother Harold (Jan) Schuler, Kinsale, Va.; sisters Mary (Chuck) Richards, Cook, Minn., Marge Bowin, Sterling, Colo., Irene (Jack) Meier, Hastings, Minn., Linda (Gary) Nyquist, Crossville, Tenn., Ellen (Stan) Erickson, Grand Forks and Pat Nygaard, Shoreview, Minn.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Mildred Deibert and brothers Steve and Richard Schuler.

Gilbertson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Online register book at