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Lt. Col (retired) Mark Gaetan Schuster

4-30-47 – 11-10-17

Son of William A. Schuster and Evelyn Ivone Schuster, Mark grew up in Mentor, Ohio, graduated from Washington and Lee University and received a Master’s Degree from The Ohio State University.

Our captain passed away on Veteran’s day (observed). And while he never intended a military career, it provided him with some of the best times and friends in his life.

After his time as a Naval Aviator, he spent 15 years with the Ohio Air National Guard. His love of flying led him to a career with United Airlines where he ended up flying his favorite airplane, the 747, to the Pacific.

Living life to the fullest, Mark enjoyed motorcycles at the track, going cross-country and riding the back roads in Ohio. He loved flying: whether it was fighter jets, 747’s or gliders, he was all in. Sailing on the Great Lakes, the Scioto River, the Morgan River or the Atlantic Ocean gave him great joy.
Retirement led him to the lowcountry so that he could pursue his favorite activities: sailing, tennis, cars and warm, sunny weather. Mark never tired of the beauty of the place we called home.

Throughout his travels, he never met a stranger. His outgoing friendly manor allowed him to talk with anyone and over the years he met many interesting people.

Mark is survived by his wife, Brooke; daughter, Allyson; brother, Bob (Suzanne); sister-in-law Carol Warnick (Ed); and nieces and nephews. He lived a life full of laughter, adventure, speed and love. He was the best of the best and will be missed dearly.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the American Cancer Society, Friends of Caroline Hospice, Wounded Warrior Project or America’s VetDogs.

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  1. Nancy and David Evans says:

    We are so sorry to hear of Mark’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with Brooke and Allyson and the rest of his family. Please accept our deepest sympathy.

    Nancy and David Evans
    Upper Arlington, Ohio

  2. Wayne and Barbara Wookey says:

    Dear Brooke and Allyson,

    Barb and I were very sorry when we heard the news about Mark. Although I had known Mark for a long time, I did not really get to know him well until after I retired from Jones and had the chance to work with him on his tennis game at the indoor club in Hilliard. I always enjoyed our time together. As with so many things, he was an enthusiastic, energetic and focused learner. I am glad that I had the opportunity to know and share his love of life and joy in playing tennis.

    Wayne Wookey
    Upper Arlington, Ohio

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