Everett Eugene 'Gene' Schuler
Jun 24, 1929 - Nov 18, 2013
Everett Eugene Schuler, â€œGeneâ€
Born in NY, NY on June 24, 1929 as Everett Eugene, but known in life simply as Gene and passed on 11/18/2013 in Missoula, MT.
Gene joined the Navy in June of 1946 and worked as an aircraft mechanic. He received a Good Conduct Medal and was Honorably Discharged in December of 1949. He became a Foreman for over 14 Aviation Quality Control Inspectors and later foreman of a construction company in Santa Barbara. In 1961 he purchased and began operating Cooks Station Resort in Amador County and sold it after 15 years in 1976. He then became a foreman for 18 carpenters and built several buildings in Ione County. He was instrumental to the construction of the ski lodge, maintenance station and four-plex housing at the Kirkwood Ski Resort.
On February 26, 1975, Gene was appointed Deputy Sheriff of Amador County signifying his Oath of Loyalty to the United States and to the State of California.
In the 1980â€™s he was a member of the CWSA â€œClampersâ€ and won several 1st place medals for black powder shoots, musket, and also participated in Civil War Re-enactments. Clampers are dedicated to the study and preservation of the heritage of the American West, especially the history of the Mother Lode and gold mining regions. He also became a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of United States located in Ione, CA.
During this time he met and fell in love with Mary Jane Garcia. They were wed at the Silver Queen Hotel in Virginia City, NV on August 01, 1981. They became â€œbikersâ€ together, wearing leathers and were known amongst their friends as â€œMean Geneâ€ and â€œSweet Maryâ€! Gene devoted much time and energy to creating a loving and fulfilling life with his beloved wife. Mary called him â€œthe love of [her] lifeâ€.
They lived in Rancho Cordova for 20 years before selling their home to move to a new home in Missoula, MT. They later became proud owners of a cabin on the river-front in Thompson Falls MT. They spent many hours on their deck watching the river flow by, enjoying the trees and mountains, and spotting birds including great bald eagles.
Gene may be remembered as having a cigarette in one hand and a glass of brandy in the other, but he was also a gourmet cook, popular for his prime rib and rouladen dishes. Despite his complaints, everyone who knew Gene knows that creating meals for his family and friends was a source of pride and extreme pleasure. Being of German decent, he loved his â€œHenckelsâ€ which are knives made of German steel. Gene was also an expert story-teller and often regaled his family with amusing tales of his mischievous childhood, and adulthood. He was always good at making people laugh.
Gene was a dedicated husband to Mary and a supportive father to Sandy Marotta, Edward Carrero, Jr., Sherry Andrews, Craig Carrero. He was also survived by 3 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren, in addition to many step and foster-grandchildren. He provided his family with love, support, and guidance.