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Leonard J. Schuchart

July 23, 1923 February 8, 2019
Leonard J. Schuchart
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Leonard Joseph (Bud) Schuchart went to meet our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Friday February 8th, 2019. Leonard was born in Cincinnati, OH on July 23rd, 1923 and was raised in around Covington, KY and Cincinnati, OH.
He was predeceased by his parents Walter J. and Othma E. Schuchart as well as his brothers: Clifford, Robert, John, Walter, Billy, Edward, Elbert, Ervin, Donny, and sister Dolores Benson.
He is survived by his sister Lola Mae (Jack) Bramble, sons David (Cristina) and Tom (Debbie) and granddaughters Cassie, Kaitlyn, Vanessa, Elicia, Valentine, Grace and Faith.
Bud joined the Westinghouse Electric Company and worked days in a Cincinnati motor repair shop in 1941 while also attending high school at night. After a year at work, Bud was drafted into the Army and served with the newly formed 207th Combat Engineering Battalion in the European theatre. Bud was in the army less than 3 years but saw a lot of action. He was wounded in the invasion of Normandy, but elected to quickly rejoin his unit and went on to fight in the Battle of the Bulge and was part of the “liberation’ of the Buchenwald concentration camp. The 207th Combat Engr Btn helped built the Hodges bridge over the Rhine River as well as cleared minefields and built corduroy roads. Not until more recent years did we learn that dad and his unit of Combat Engineers were often the ones in advance of the main tank and troop forces clearing mines and building roads and bridges while under fire.
Returning home as a corporal, Bud met the love of his life Betty Henz at a dance welcoming soldiers home. Bud and Betty were married in September of 1946; a happy union which lasted almost 62 years until the time of his beloved wife’s passing in August, 2008.
Once back home, Bud was able to returned to work at Westinghouse. He went to night school at the Univ of Cincinnati through the GI Bill to obtain his Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering. He later received his MBA from Penn Morton College (now Widener University in Philadelphia, PA). In 1963, work for Westinghouse took the family to Bridgeport (lived in Fairfield) Connecticut, and then, later still in 1963 to the Westinghouse turbine plant in South Philadelphia (lived in Rose Tree), with a final move to Orlando in 1981 (lived in Cocoa Beach) where he retired at the end of 1986.
Leonard grew up during the depression which like many of the “Greatest Generation” forged his beliefs in self-reliance, fair pay for a full day of work, (seldom, if ever, missing work) the art of the possible, the need to have the money earned and saved before something was bought, dedication to preserve and maintain what he had, and trust in his ability to fix anything that needed to be fixed. These beliefs were cemented by Bud’s ultimate trust in strength through family and true friends. He was a stubborn optimist, a conservative, a person who liked to tinker and could fix or build almost anything. Bud was seemingly always in motion and he was a strong supporter of the USA, our troops and veterans. He often teared up while recalling the bonds of friendship with friends lost during WWII. While enjoying good health Bud enjoyed walking on the beach and engaging in conversation with anyone and everyone he met. He loved to care for his home. He cherished the freedom to drive his meticulously cared for cars and was devoted to advising and assisting his wife, sons, daughters in-law, grandchildren and friends.
Services will be at St Stephen’s Catholic Church on Friday, February 15th at 1:00 pm. Interment will be at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Space Coast Honor Flight, or the Disabled American Veterans in Leonard’s name, or simply seek out a veteran and thank them for your freedom.


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