Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Eugene Lawrence Schaich

Eugene Lawrence Schaich, known to his church friends as Larry and work friends as Gene, passed away peacefully on Thursday morning, March 25, 2021 at his home in Lawrenceburg. He was 85.

Larry was born August 13, 1935 in Dearborn County, Indiana to the late Chester and Ruth (Schoenling) Schaich. He was a 1953 graduate of Harrison High School, where he held a state title in pole vaulting for track and field for many years. After high school, Larry married Lois Otto on January 22, 1955. He began work at National Lead of Ohio at Fernald for 17 years. While working at Fernald, Larry attended night classes at the University of Cincinnati in Metallurgy. Larry then worked as a resident manager for Fox Paper Co. in Lockland, retiring under the Erving ownership. After retirement, together with his wife, Lois, they bought Memories Photography Studio in Harrison, capturing many special moments for 14 years.

Larry grew up attending St. John’s United Church of Christ with his family. He attended there until he and Lois were married at the First Christian Church (Legacy Christian Church), where he became an active member. He sang in the church choir, served as a Sunday School teacher and greeter, and went on many mission trips including Costa Rica and Katrina relief. He and Lois lead a bible study for over 20 years together.

Larry was a country man. He loved and appreciated the outdoors more than anyone could put into words, enjoying the trees, the animals, and the birds he would feed. His latest project included trying to figure out how God made the trees and how they worked the way they did. Larry looked forward to his walks on the 40-acre family farm, which was passed down 4 generations. He loved wood carving, making many different birds and religious pieces. Larry and Lois enjoyed traveling. Their trips included the Great Smokey Mountains for over 40 years camping with the kids, visiting friends in the Carolinas, Florida many times, Flagstaff, Arizona for their 50th wedding anniversary, and Niagara Falls.

Larry was very proud of his family and will be missed dearly. Those left behind to carry on his legacy, include his wife of 66 years, Lois M. Schaich; five children: Debora (Donald) Stutz of Lawrenceburg, Brenda (Steve) Williams of Lawrenceburg, Pamela (Barrie) Fleetwood of St. Joe, IN, Merri Carol (John) Patterson of Guilford, and Samuel (Susan) Schaich of Lawrenceburg; grandchildren: Jodie (Ron) Weneck, Jenn (Eddy) Pybus, Diane (Greg) Vollner, Denise (Zak) Kirchgassner, Daniel (Bethany) Stutz, David (Lisa) Stutz, Lauren (Rob) Helms, Carolynn Fleetwood (Kyle), Megan Patterson (Derek), Jeremy Patterson, Hannah Schaich (Tony), Alexandra Schaich, and Jordyn Schaich; and great grandchildren: Anna and Ethan Weneck, Cole, Wesley, Luke, and Ashton Pybus, Gage and Cora Vollner, Grace, Scarlett and Baby K Kirchgassner, Madelyn, Allissa, Kaden, and Parker Stutz, Isabelle and Lincoln Stutz, Sophia, Tessa, and Jack Helms. In addition to his parents, Larry was preceded in death by his brother: Donald Schaich.

Family and friends are welcome on Saturday, March 27, 2021 from 10 am until the time of his funeral service at 12 pm at Legacy Christian Church, 216 N. Sycamore Street, Harrison, OH 45030. Pastor Mark Garrett will officiate and burial will follow in Glen Haven Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Legacy Christian Church and mailed directly to church.

Care for Larry and his family has been provided by Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, Ohio, where his granddaughter, Jordyn, is a funeral director.

Appropriate ways to express sympathy may be done by leaving an online condolence on Larry’s obituary at or by leaving a comment on his post on the funeral home’s Facebook page,

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Memories & Condolence

  1. Barbara everson says:

    I’m sorry for your loss but joyful in knowing he is with the Lord. We are so blessed to have that hope in Christ. May His love and mercy comfort you and yours.

  2. Dan and Karen Renbarger says:

    We have so many beautiful memories spent with Larry and Lois. First at Legacy as we worshipped and celebrated together then in South Carolina as they shared our new home with us. We loved spending time with their family and often being treated as family. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you as we cherish these memories.

  3. Tom and Pam Friermood says:

    We are truly saddened to hear of Larry’s passing. Larry and Lois both were solid rock examples for our spiritual growth at Legacy Christian Church. But even more than that, we knew they loved us and all who knew them. Larry always had the big smile and handshake. They raised a wonderful family who will carry on the special character of a man who loved Jesus.

  4. Ann Imhoff says:

    I never met you but love the family you raised❤️ God Bless you

  5. Charlene Carpenter says:

    Dear Lois and family, my deepest condolences. My Wednesday evening art classes with you two were always uplifting and a joy. God has knighted another beautiful, kind angel.

  6. Greg and Karen Stall says:

    We offer our deepest sympathies for the entire Schiach family. May God grant you peace and comfort in the days ahead.

  7. Nancy and Clarence Ousley says:

    So sorry to hear about your Grandfather’s passing. Thinking of you with prayers!

  8. John & Mary Woelfel says:

    Our deepest sympathies and condolences on your loss, Lois. We will never forget the breakfasts you had together with mom and dad – and occasionally me too when I was in town! – and our El Mariachi dinners.. Your Gene and my ‘Gene’ – wonderful gentlemen. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family. God bless.

  9. Mary Ann Kocher says:

    Our deepest condolences go to Lois and the Schaich family. We will be remembering you in our prayers.

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