Anthony Henry Schuster, 72, of Payson, died Aug. 16, 2003, after a three-year battle with cancer. He was born Oct. 29, 1930 in Chilton, Wisc. to Matt and Alma (Steffes) Schuster.
He was raised on a dairy farm in Bakerville, Wisc., and graduated from Marshfield High School in 1949. He spent two years in the U.S. Marine Corps where he fell in love with the Southwest.
Mr. Schuster married Agnes Jeanette Becher of Stratford, Wisc. June 8, 1957. Together, they raised four children, Rebecca (David) Flint of Fromberg, Mont., Bart (Roxanne) Schuster of Penrose, Colo., Bert (Judy) Schuster of San Jose, Calif., and Elizabeth (Thomas) Slate of Pleasant Hill, Calif.
Mr. Schuster was a longtime member of Operating Engineers Local 3, and worked in the San Jose area of California. His love of the outdoors led him on many camping trips with his family, especially to Topock, Ariz. He retired to Payson, where he continued to tinker with all things mechanical, his garden and orchard. He was a member of St. Philip's Parish and St. Vincent de Paul.
He is survived by his wife, children, three grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren, and one great-grandchild; sisters, Romilda Rohr of Watertown, Wisc., Mary Alice Stangl of Marshfield, Wisc. and Alma Laessig of Stratford, Wisc.; and half-brother, Terrance Schuster of Clarksville, Ind.
He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Gladys Schuster, Father George Schuster, Sister Mary Andre Schuster and Virgine Sauer.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Aug. 20, at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church in Payson.
Donations can be made to RTA Hospice, 107 E. Frontier St., Payson, AZ 85541, and The American Cancer Society.