Allen Lee Schiller, 74, passed away peacefully in Madison, WI with his children by his side, after complications from a stroke he suffered in Tavernier, FL.
Allen was born on July 4, 1948 to the late Lawrence and Shirley (Bartz) Schiller in Marshfield, WI. Being born on Independence Day was not lost on him; he was a patriot throughout his life. After finding out as a young man that he could not join the United States Marines due to a bad knee, he honed his talent for welding until he was among the best. His intelligence and work ethic lead him to start Custom Steel, the business he owned and operated first in Rosholt, WI and later in Wausau, WI, until his retirement in 2016. His story of success in business, starting from nothing, encapsulates the American dream. Upon retirement, Allen fulfilled another lifelong dream — to live near the sea. An avid fisherman, he relocated to his paradise, the Florida Keys. He liked to say that his view of the ocean was like a beautiful painting that changes every day. “God blessed Florida!” His children and grandchildren are grateful for the daily messages he would send them, often inviting them to come enjoy his paradise with him. Those who knew Allen remember that he had a great sense of humor, and a big “throw his head back” kind of laugh that let you know you were sharing something really special in that moment.
Allen, beloved father, grandfather, and brother, is survived by his children Leah (Jason) Hetzel, Sherri (Tom) Larson, Jason (Rebecca) Schiller and Nicholas (Amy) Schiller; grandchildren Cassidy and Joei Rothenberger, Ben, Anders, Martha, Katie, and George Larson, Leopold and Sonny Schiller, and Cain and Alayna Schiller; great granddaughter Ella Rothenberger; and brothers Darwin (Susan) Schiller and Kevin (Paula) Martin and sister Lisa (Mike) Caulfield.
“Family, the root of love and life in this world, remains connected in distance.”
Funeral Mass will be held Friday, November 25, 2022 at St. Adalbert Church, Rosholt, WI. Viewing begins at 11:30; Funeral Mass at 1:00.