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Carl H. Schlene life celebration service Saturday

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Carl Henry Schlene, Jr., 66, of Michigan City, passed away peacefully at 6:50 p.m., Monday, October 31, 2011 at Franciscan St. Anthony Health, Michigan City.

He was born August 24, 1945 in LaPorte, Indiana, to Carl Henry and Mildred Mary (Wolford) Schlene, Sr.

On February 8, 1971 in Otis, Ind., he married Deborah Ann Browning, who survives.

Also surviving are his father, Carl Henry Schlene, Sr. of Chesterton; two daughters, Kimberly Schlene of Michigan City and Rachel Schlene of LaPorte; two grandchildren, Gloria and John Carl Jarriel; one sister, La Rue Welkie of Westville; one brother, Eric (Vickie) Schlene of West Lafayette; one niece, Dawn Welkie; two nephews, Martin and Henry Schlene.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mildred Mary Schlene in 2009.

Carl graduated from Westville High School in 1964 and from Purdue North Central in 1988. He worked for Indiana State Prison in Michigan City for 20 years until his retirement in 2009.

He was an active member of the 50th Virginia Company D, Civil War Reenactment Group. Carl enjoyed model airplanes and trains, fishing, leather work, trivia and was a talented mechanic.

Carl was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Otis. Carl enjoyed playing Santa Claus and volunteered at the Great Lakes Museum of Military History. He loved his family and grandchildren dearly and never met a stranger.

A funeral service celebrating his life will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, November 5, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 5 Beech Street, Otis, Ind., with Pastor Thomas Sabel officiating.

A visitation and viewing will be held from 4-7 p.m., Friday, November 4, at Lakeview Funeral Home and Crematory, 247 W. Johnson Road, LaPorte and from 12 Noon until time of service Saturday at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Cremation will take place following services.

Lakeview Funeral Home and Crematory, 247 W. Johnson Road, LaPorte is caring for the arrangements. Please send condolences to the family at

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, 5 Beech Street, Otis, IN, 46391.



Posted 11/2/2011