Christopher R. Schauer, 38, Woodstock, died Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
He was born April 27, 1976, to Gary R. and Sharon E. (Madura) Schauer in Woodstock.
In his youth, he was the Easter Seal Poster Child. He loved sports, especially basketball and baseball. In high school, he served as the manager for the Woodstock High School state finals baseball team as well as the WHS basketball team. He went on to manage the men’s and women’s basketball teams at McHenry County College where he recently was recognized for his 20 years of service.
He was the founder of Basketball in the Park, a fundraiser for Give Kids the World Village, for which he raised more than $36,000. He loved interacting with people, especially during the time he spent working for Walt Disney World. He was always inspired by the works of Walt Disney and Pat Summitt, head coach emeritus of the Tennessee Lady Vols basketball team, which gave him the drive to become a motivational speaker and reach out to many.
Despite challenges with several medical issues, he always had a smile on his face and a positive “can do” attitude. His only wish in this world would be for everyone to have a magical day.
Survivors include his parents; two sisters, Jacqueline M. (Nate Shanklin) Schauer and Patricia L. (Matt) Hale; a niece, Grace Hale; a nephew, Jacob Hale; his aunts and uncles, Sue (Dave) Koeser, Connie (Mike) Fraser, Tom (Judy) Madure, Mary Maxwell, Tim Madure, Bob (Pam) Madure, Rick (Rose) Madure and Greg (Angie) Madure; as well as many cousins, extended family and very dear friends.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Robert and Marge Schauer; his maternal grandparents, Joseph and Elizabeth Madura; two aunts, Nancy Smith and Diana Madura; and an uncle, James Maxwell.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, at Schneider-Leucht-Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home, 1211 N. Seminary Ave., Woodstock. The visitation will continue at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, until the funeral service at 11a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 1300 Kishwaukee Valley Road, Woodstock. Burial will be at McHenry County Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorials can be made to Give Kids the World Village.