Mathew “Wayne” Schatz

12/26/1934 — 04/20/2022

From Benton City, WA | Born in Arab, MO

Mathew “Wayne” Schatz

Mathew “Wayne” Schatz, of Benton City WA, formally of Clarkston MI & Millersburg MI passed away on April 20, 2022, at the age of 87.

Wayne is survived by his wife of 64 years, Florence Frame Schatz of Benton City, WA. his 3 sons; Mathew “Jeff” (Valerie) of Benton City, WA., Steve (Anthony Sharrah) of La Center, WA. and Tim (Lynn) Schatz of Vancouver, WA., as well as his brother Dave (Esther) Schatz of Jackson, MI. Wayne adored 7 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and 1 great great granddaughter. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, Mathew “Matt” and Ina Schatz, sister Mildred Cromwell, and brothers Lee Schatz and Carroll Schatz.

While the dates, 12/26/1934 – 4/20/2022 are important, the dash between those years is just as important. That dash represents 87 years of living, loving and a whole lot more.

Wayne was born on December 26, 1934, in Arab, MO and lived there until he was about 2 years old. The family then moved to MI, and he lived in Pontiac, Davisburg and Holly areas until he married Florence, the love of his life, he then moved to Clarkston in 1957. Shortly after marrying, he was drafted into the Army until 1959.

Those 87 years included spoiling his wife, raising 3 amazing sons that he was proud of and working as an electrician at General Motors Corporation for 42 years. He also passed his passion for hunting, fishing, golfing, and snowmobiling down to his children and grandchildren. He instilled respect in his boys, how to have and show respect to others, to never give up on your dreams and always strive for what you desire. To believe in yourself and stand up for what you believe in and the value of hard work and honesty.

After retirement, Wayne & Florence moved to Millersburg, MI and built a log home where he enjoyed sitting on the deck and enjoying nature for 20 years. Wayne loved listening to and singing bluegrass, country and hymns, as well as other church songs. He attended Williams Lake Church of the Nazarene while living in Clarkston and Ocqueoc Baptist Church in Millersburg.

A memorial service will be held in lower Michigan July 23, 2022. Location to be determined.

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  • My Great Uncle Wayne & Great Aunt Florence. Two of the best Aunt & Uncle !!
    We are going to miss you a lot Uncle Wayne .
    Sincerely your niece,
    Rebecca LaTurneau.

    Rebecca LaTurneau
    May 6, 2022
    Pontiac Michigan
  • I have always thought uncle Wayne had such a kind spirit and loving heart. I remember him as being very soft- spoken.
    I am so sorry for all of you and the pain that comes with losing those we love. The hardest part of life, for sure. Our consolation is that we will see our loved ones again, when the time is perfect.
    Good blessed you Ali and bring you comfort during this difficult time.
    Nancy & Fred Lindig family

    Nancy lindig
    April 29, 2022
    Rock Springs, Wy
  • Your family will always have a special place in my heart! Wayne always made you feel welcome and cared for! Friends who are family is always how I felt! Now our dads are together again! Hugs to Florence and each of you: Jeff, Steve, and Tim! I am so sorry for you loss. Praying for you!

    Sue Osborne
    April 29, 2022
    Fayetteville AR
  • What a beautiful tribute Uncle Wayne.
    We love you all and send our thoughts and condolences during this time.

    Sarah, James and Mandy Reed

    April 28, 2022
  • One of the greatest men I’ve ever known. Learned a lot about life and how to live it from him. He will forever be missed by many. Love you Grandpa Wayne. Rest in peace.

    Jeremy Schatz
    April 28, 2022
  • Our hearts are saddened by the loss of such a wonderful uncle. So many memories of family times together that will be treasured forever. We love you.

    Lloyd & Gail Cromwell

    Lloyd Cromwell
    April 28, 2022
    Auburn Hills,Mi
  • You were such an amazing father, mentor and teacher. I learned so much from you…striving for your dreams and NEVER giving up, believing in yourself despite what others may think, being impeccable with your word and the power of kindness. I learned the satisfaction in a hard days work and pride in doing your best, whatever that may be. You will forever be in my heart and thank you for ALWAYS believing in me. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without you.

    Steve Schatz
    April 28, 2022
    La Center
  • Uncle Wayne was such a loving man, I will truly miss him. With much love,your little flower girl.❤

    Linda Gray
    April 28, 2022
    Grand Blanc, mi
  • I am so sorry for the loss of a great husband and wonderful father . I loved having your parents as neighbors. You all are wonderful people. God bless you. Love from your Michigan friends. The Morrison family.

    Luana Amos
    April 28, 2022
    White Lake, Mi
  • Loved Uncle Wayne. I never will forget all the trips with Randy to the family reunions and we love to go to your log cabin in Michigan. And we received a special treat when you and Aunt Florence came to stay with us in Key West. I loved looking at Mary‘s photo albums of everything that everyone had done through the years. You left quite a legacy. Only wish I had more time to spend with you. But praise God we will see each other again.

    Catherine Leto
    April 28, 2022
    Ocala. Fl formerly Key Erst, Fl
  • Prayers for many fond memories of times together to bring smiles and comfort.

    Larry and Carolyn Walker
    April 27, 2022
    Carrollton, Tx
  • So sorry for your loss Florence & family. Wayne had a wonderful life & he was a wonderful man. Dee & Jerry Martin, Millersburg, Mi

    Dee & Jerry Martin
    April 27, 2022
    Millersburg, Mi
  • Prayers to the family and wishes for peace and comfort… Much love from Kentucky to Michigan!

    Jim Frame and family

    Jim Frame
    April 27, 2022
    Louisville, KY
  • I will love you forever & you will always be in my heart. Thank you for being such an amazing uncle – brother too me. ❤️

    Marilyn Crowley
    April 27, 2022
    Meridianville, Al
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