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Robert J. Schuler

Robert J. Schuler

Robert J. Schuler, age 79, of Menomonie, passed away on Saturday, September 15, at his home, surrounded by family and friends.

Robert Jordan Schuler was born on June 25, 1939, in San Mateo, CA.  He was the son of Edward and Ruth (Goebel) Schuler.  He graduated from San Mateo Union High School in 1957.  He earned a B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University, a M.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of California Berkeley, and a PhD. in English from the University of Minnesota. Robert married Carol F. Forbis on September 7, 1963. 

Robert taught English for 46 years; he began as an instructor at Menlo College in Menlo Park, CA in 1965.  From 1967 to 1977, he was a professor at Shimer College in Mt. Carroll, IL, and from 1978 until his retirement in 2011, he was a professor at University of Wisconsin-Stout. Robert also had a career as poet. Mentor and friend Robert W. Greene of Princeton University wrote of Robert, “We have here a true inheritor of William Carlos Williams and Gary Snyder. Read Robert Schuler and weep and laugh with him.”

In addition to his loves of teaching literature and writing poetry, Robert was deeply interested in issues involving education, the arts, the environment, and the sciences. He was an avid reader in many disciplines, listened to music of all genres, and loved people of all walks of life. Fascinated by painting and jazz, he often wrote of art as an ideal. He loved, competed in, coached for, and enjoyed sports of all kinds. He was never happier than when he was tending to wildflowers in his yard or skiing the Red Cedar Trail.  Though raised in California, Robert considered Wisconsin his true home.

Robert is survived by his wife Carol of 55 years; two children, Sally Schuler of Las Cruces, NM and Michael (Melissa) Schuler of Glen Allen, VA; three grandchildren, Paul Glennan of Indianapolis, IN, John Glennan of Knoxville, TN, and Meredith Schuler of Glen Allen, VA; brother Edward Schuler of Foster City, CA and sister Lynn (Schuler) Brown of Cameron Park, CA, several nieces, nephews, and many friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents and a son, Edward Anthony Schuler.

Memorial Services will be at 11:00 AM on Friday, September 21, 2018 at the First Congregational Church of Christ in Menomonie with Rev. Kathleen Remund officiating and interment at the church memorial garden.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Congregational United Church of Christ, Menomonie.


  1. Roger Scott

    I still ponder the good fortune given me by having had the opportunity some 30 years ago to sit in the presence of Bob's wonderful intellect, compassion, and appreciation of nature, art, music and especially life. Walks across campus, discussions in a book tumbled office, lectures on literature that all these years later offers insight and pleasure. I thanked Mr. Schuler many times for his influence on my life. I want to thank his family, whom he spoke of often, and offer my deepest condolences.

  2. Linda (Hamm) Bresee

    Carol, My heart is so sad for you and Sally and Mike. My visits to Wisconsin were never complete until I saw you and Bob. My sweet memories of his happy face will be rekindled every time I open one of his amazing books (personally inscribed for me in his beautiful penmanship always) which are now at my bedside. Knowing Bob was a delight and an honor.

  3. Ken Ash

    Sorry for your loss,Remember as a Freshman at UW Stout seeing Robert always smiling and he always would say Hi as I walked to class.He made me feel welcome.

  4. Kelly Feddersen

    So sorry for your loss. All of your daycare families are thinking of you and sending our love!

  5. Roger Strukhoff

    Took a course from him when he was at Shimer and wrote a profile of him in the local newspaper Also spent about a million hours in the Shimer gym playing basketball with/against him, and only came close to blows a few times. Seriously, he was a great person and added a lot to Mount Carroll during his years there. My sincere condolences to his family, friends, and all who loved him.

  6. Diane Bausman

    I am so sorry to read of Bob's death. I have fond memories of when you lived in Mount Carroll and would come in to the Runaway Unicorn. Deepest sympathies.

  7. Rick Lewis

    Robert Schuler was the most influential teacher I ever had. His passion for beauty and his love for literature was so inspiring.
    I must have been a nuisance sometimes following him around campus or taking up office time, but he never seemed to mind. "Another life ruined by literature," he'd laugh, and jot down a few authors I should read or a couple of albums I should listen to more closely. I atttended Stout from 1988 to 1990 and if Bob had taught more classes I'd have stayed longer.
    A day never went by that he didn't mention his love or gratitude for Carol, and outside of class he often spoke of how proud he was of each of his children. He seemed so grateful, so awed by everything in his life.
    I've always enjoyed and treasured Bob's poetry, but most of all, I can't believe how fortunate I am to have known him.
    My deepest and most heartfelt condolences to Carol and family.

  8. Greg & Elizabeth Davis

    Bob Schuler was an incredible teacher, an amazing scholar, and a noble man. We are grateful to have had him in our lives. We wish peace and comfort to his family.

  9. Scott Gibbs

    I was so moved to read about Bob's life, a truly inspiring human being and teacher. I know that I am so grateful to not only have taken his classes at Shimer, but to have had such a passionate, generous and knowledgable mentor to what would turn into my own life's work, being an English teacher. Thank you, Bob, I carry your spirit with me.

  10. Colleen McCarroll

    Marica and Penny's thoughts echo my own. Wonderful memories of classes on the quad in Mt. Carroll reading and discussing literature for his classes.

  11. Tina Feigal

    Dear Carol, Sally, and Mike,
    Thinking of you all with Bob's passing. Please know I will always remember your kindness to our family, and the joy of knowing your whole family. Reading Bob's obit was so amazing. What an incredible, wide-ranging life he lived! Sending blessings to you all.

  12. Joe Starzyk

    Very sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Always enjoyed him as a teacher and competing against him on the basketball court. Condolences are with Carol and the family.

  13. Joanna Moon Baas

    Dear Carol, Sally and Michael, I am so sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of Bob and all of you during the Mt. Carroll years when we were always in and out of each other's houses.

  14. Anthony Ray Rascon

    Dear Bob: Thank you for your advocacy. You inspired both me and Max and Mia. Thank you for the times you read to Mia and Max. The discussions we had over the times I spent with you and Carol were wonderful. Bob just thank you so much for being you.



    MAX and


  15. Kim Youngberg

    So sorry to hear of this man's passing. I always felt honored to be in his presence. He was so rare in his passion, his integrity, his openness to others. Always teaching-without perhaps intending or realizing-how to be our better selves by his example of living. Thank you Robert Schuler. You have left a legacy of learning and loving. Peace to all of us left newly without you...

  16. Gary

    I am so sorry. I've been thinking about you every day. I hope your mom will be okay, and you too. I deeply value your friendship.
    Love, Gary

  17. Jacqueline Mallon

    Sending my deepest sympathy and love to the Schuler family of your heartbreaking loss. All my love, Jacqui

  18. Nate Riordan

    Mike and Carol and family - my condolences, I am sorry for your loss.

  19. John K. Enger

    I used to help Bob publicize the poets he brought to campus. It was always a joy to me when he visited my office with the latest information. I can honestly say that he was one of the kindest and most decent people I have ever met. I mourn his loss with the many others who do.

  20. Denise Haughian

    Bob Schuler was a giant of a man in so many ways. A mentor to many, he cared deeply about literature and art and made that a part of his daily life. He shared beauty with everyone he came into contact with. I will always be grateful for his support and kindness. Condolences to Carol and family.

  21. Brian Finder

    Robert was my English teacher here at Stout in 1980 when his classes were held in the noisy and hot Modulex, but even in such a difficult learning environment, his passion for writing and literature shined like a beacon. He personally told me that the pen (now the keyboard) is more mighty than the sword and I've held that message close to my vest ever since then. Please accept my condolences for your family's loss.


  22. Tim Shiell

    Bob was a mentor and friend to me in the English and Philosophy Department at UW-Stout. His commitment to the art and discipline of writing and student learning was a great inspiration to me and many others. We had so many delightful hallway conversations about philosophy, politics, ethics, art. He always had time for a colleague. My condolences to his family on his passing too young.

  23. Marcia Zdun Nelson

    My critical tastes and thinking were shaped by Bob. May you be comforted, Carol, Sally, and Michael.

  24. Penny Thacher

    Carol and family,
    my mom and I want to send our condolences. Bob was a generous, humorous, intense teacher and a joy to know. Hugs to you all.
    Penny & Penny

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