Mr. Merlin "Nick" Schuster

  • Born: February 3, 1945
  • Died: December 24, 2017
  • Location: Dubuque, Iowa

Behr's Funeral Home

1491 Main Street
(563) 582-3297
Dubuque, IA 52001
Tel. (563) 582-3297

Tribute & Message From The Family

Merlin "Nick" Schuster, age 72, of Dubuque, was called home suddenly at 3:00 p.m., on Sunday, December 24, 2017, at Sartori Memorial Hospital, in Cedar Falls, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Nick's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, December 30, 2017, at St. Anthony's Church, 1880 St. Ambrose Street, with Rev. Steven J. Rosonke officiating. To celebrate Nick's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, December 29, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Nick was born on February 3, 1945, in Key West, Iowa, son of Clarence and Lucille (Welbes) Schuster.

Nick attended St. Joseph Grade School in Key West and then went on to graduate from Wahlert High School, Class of 1963. Nick honorably served his country as a Sargent with the U.S. Marines spending 2 years in Vietnam. After returning from his service overseas, Nick went to work in the maintenance department with the Dubuque Packing Company for 35 years, before moving on to Flexsteel and finally the Diamond Jo Casino, where he eventually retired at the age of 67. Nick would meet and marry the love of his life, Norma Konrardy Manders, and they were blessed with 41 years together and a wonderful family. Nick had a love of electronics and being quite the self taught, "tinkerer", he would spend hours in the garage work shop fixing everything from computers to reel to reel movie projectors. In his younger years, Nick could easily be found out on the river with Norma and all of his "troops", enjoying some fun in the sun. Nick was always very proud of his service with the U.S. Marines and was very involved with the Dubuque Marine Corps League, where he did a little of everything, from holding office, volunteering for fund raising events and Toys for Tots, to being a regular member of the military funeral detail. We are deeply saddened at the sudden loss of our dear husband, dad, grandpa, brother and friend on Christmas Eve, but take comfort in the knowledge that Nick joined his loved ones in Heaven for the most glorious Christmas Eve Mass he's ever attended.

Those left to cherish Nick's memory include his loving wife,
Norma Schuster, Dubuque, IA;

his 6 daughters,
Brenda (fiancé Jerry Teague) Vowers, Littleton, CO,
Shari (Racil) Mapes, Titusville, FL,
Lisa (Scott) Stella, Titusville, FL,
Michele (Patrick) Botwright, Kodak, TN,
Connie (Nathan) Stickley, Parkersburg, IA
and Becky Manders, Aurora, CO;

his 14 grandchildren,
Savanah, Logan, Nicholas (Kevin), Ashley (Brandon), Justin, Andrew, Ben, Isabella, Remek, Eli, Noah, Bayley, Tyler and Drew;

his 2 great-grandchildren,
Jayden and Eliana;

his 3 sisters,
Margie Nauman,
Jeanne (Dick) Stierman
and Loie (Whitey) Leytem, all of Dubuque, IA;

and a sister-in-law,
Ruth Schuster, Sherrill, IA.

Nick was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Cletus Schuster, and a brother-in-law, Herman "Boots" Nauman.

A Merlin "Nick" Schuster memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I'm am offering my sympathy and prayers to Nick's family. Nick worked at Flexsteel with me and was always friendly and helpful to others. It was always a pleasure to know him. He will be missed.
Gene Pfab

Posted by Gene Pfab - Dubuque, IA - Coworker   January 01, 2018

Dear Lisa, Scott, Boys,and Family,
We are so sorry for your loss; our hearts are broken for you and we love you all so very much. Reading the tribute to your Father was so inspiring. We would like to Thank him and your family for his sacrfice and service for our country in giving so much. Wish we could be there with you. Just know you all are in our thoughts and prayers and we love you very much. May God grant you comfort and May His Peace rule in your hearts during this most difficult time, Love you, Honey.

Posted by David & Debbie Price - Titusville, FL - Family Friend   December 31, 2017

Thanks for sharing MANY adventures Nick: Water skiing on the river, camping on the island, our E. Dbq bar crawls, eating WAY too much at the Shot Tower. Learning patience from our friend Jack.
Don't usually have pop in my drinks, anymore, but I think I'll have a "Kesseler's" & coke to honor your memory. Goodbye my friend

Posted by Richard Blanchard - Las Vegas, NV - Friend   December 30, 2017

Please accept my sincere sympathy and know that I am keeping your family in prayer. May God bless you with His peace.
Dana & Family
Sunnyview Dr.

Posted by Dana Charland - Dubuque, IA   December 29, 2017

My heartfelt condolences go out to you & your family, Lisa-You are all in my thoughts & prayers. May the Comfort of the Holy Spirit be with you & the Strength of our Lord hold you up. May you feel the warmth of His embrace as He pours out His love & Peace on you. May He carry you in the days, weeks & months ahead as you grieve the loss of your loved one.

Posted by Linda Scott - Savannah, GA - Friend   December 28, 2017


Your entire family is in our thoughts and prayers through this very difficult time.

Posted by Aloha Oudekerk - New Hartford, IA - Friend   December 28, 2017

Lisa and Family,
My heartfelt sympathy to all of you as you navigate through the next several days. Keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Kay (Dalsing) Sass - Dover, DE - Friend   December 28, 2017

So sorry for your loss. You're all in my thoughts.

Posted by Shelley Curto - Acworth, GA - Family Friend   December 27, 2017