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Paul Arthur Schnarr

November 22, 1931 August 18, 2016
Paul Arthur Schnarr
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Obituary for Paul Arthur Schnarr

Paul Schnarr, a long time resident of Brighton and former resident of Westland, died on August 18, 2016, at the age of 84.

Paul was born on November 22, 1931 in Detroit, Michigan, to parents, Kenneth and Dorothy (nee. Peters) Schnarr. Paul grew up in metro Detroit and went to Seminary for school in Kirkwood, Missouri. Paul always reflected fondly of his time at the seminary, and it helped to mold him into the compassionate, hardworking, honorable man he became. Paul served in the United States Army during the Korean War, and received a National Defense Service Medal. He began work at Ford Motor Company and it was at the Ford Wixom Plant that met Delores Conklin. They fell in love and were married on February 7, 1959 in St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church in Pontiac and together raised a large family of eight children, many grandchildren and took good care of each other. In 1958, Paul began his police career in Oak Park and in 1966 was one of the original twelve police officers at the City of Westland Police Department. In January, 1989, Paul became the Westland Chief of Police until his retirement in 1991. He was an active member and Past Commander of American Legion Brighton Post 235.

Retirement didn’t seem to slow Paul down — he enjoyed deer hunting each fall and fishing, as long as his feet were planted firmly on the ground. Paul had a zest for life and a remarkable will to live that allowed him to persevere through many illnesses, hardships and bouts of cancer. Paul was a devoted husband and model father who, most of all, cherished the time he was able to spend with his family.

He was preceded in death by his wife of fifty-three years, Delores; son, Michael Schnarr and is survived by his sons, Paul Jr. (Dawn), Stephen (Zenaida), Jeffrey (Michelle); daughters, Theresa (Mark) Newman, Bethann (Kevin) Keska, Belinda (Mark) Wisniewski, Michele (Eric) Bergsrud; his fourteen grandchildren and four great grandchildren; sisters, Patricia (the late Robert) O’Brien, Phyllis (the late Henry) Weigers, and many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.


Visitation will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 600 E. Main St., Brighton on Monday, August 22 from 4-8PM, and on Tuesday, August 23 from 2-8PM, with a Rosary at 7 PM.

Mass of the Resurrection will be held at St. Patrick Parish, 711 Rickett Road, Brighton, on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 10:30AM with The Rev. Fr. Karl Pung officiating. Burial and Military Honors Oak Grove Cemetery in Milford.

For further information please phone 810-229-2905.

Previous Events

Visitation

Monday

22

Aug

4:00 PM 8/22/2016 4:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 8/22/2016 8:00:00 PM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Brighton

600 East Main Street
Brighton, MI 48116

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Brighton
600 East Main Street Brighton 48116 MI
United States

Visitation

Tuesday

23

Aug

2:00 PM 8/23/2016 2:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 8/23/2016 8:00:00 PM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Brighton

600 East Main Street
Brighton, MI 48116

Rosary at 7 PM

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Brighton
600 East Main Street Brighton 48116 MI
United States

Service

Wednesday

24

Aug

10:30 AM 8/24/2016 10:30:00 AM
St. Patrick Catholic Church

711 Rickett Road
Brighton, MI 48116

St. Patrick Catholic Church
711 Rickett Road Brighton 48116 MI
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Oak Grove Cemetery Final Resting Place

Milford, MI

Milford MI
United States

Memorial Contribution

Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police

3474 Alaiedon Parkway, Suite 600
Okemos, MI 48864

Redemptorists of the Denver Province

Redemptorists/Denver Province
1230 South Parker Road
Denver, CO 80231
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