Arthur "Art" R. Schubert, 85, of Traverse City, passed away peacefully Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017 at Cherry Hill Haven Senior Living. Art was born June 12, 1932 to Arthur and Ruth (Featherly) Schubert in Petoskey.
As a young boy Art lived in the Upper Peninsula before moving with his mother and sisters to East Lansing following the death of his father in 1940. There, his mother met and married Harold Hunsberger. His stepfather's service in the FBI during World War II required the family to make several relocations to Miami, Brooklyn and Long Island, New York, and the Detroit area before settling in Traverse City in 1946.
He graduated from Traverse City Senior High School in 1950. During high school Art built and flew model airplanes, took up water and snow skiing, drove and rebuilt a Model T Ford and joined the Sea Scouts.
After graduating from Michigan State University, Art married Suzanne "Sue" Cowell on Aug. 7, 1954 in Traverse City, beginning a lifetime of romance and adventure. In September of that year he was stationed in Germany at Nuremburg (Furth) with the United States Army, with Sue joining him some months later. He rose to the rank of First Lieutenant before returning in 1956 to Traverse City and civilian life.
There, Art became a high school history teacher and spent the next 30 years in the Traverse City Public Schools as a teacher and administrator, including as principal of Traverse City Senior High School from 1966 to 1978. Art finished his career in 1986 as principal of Bertha Vos Elementary School. Early in his career he coached the high school ski team and was involved with Hickory Hills Ski Area.
Art and his family traveled far and wide throughout his adult life, including a year-long stint in New Zealand as an exchange teacher, multiple van trips throughout the U.S. to national parks and western ski areas, as well as two lengthy drives to Alaska. After earning his pilot's license in 1977, he made cross country flights by private plane to various U.S. destinations as a charter member of the "Acme Squadron," a group of 18 private airplanes flying out of the grass airstrip in Acme.
Art loved deer hunting and made several hunting trips to Wyoming and the Upper Peninsula with his best friend, Walt. He was a gifted wood turner and a talented craftsman, building among other things, the family boat, the "Kiwi" (1965), and a home-built Kitfox aircraft (1990).
Art found his greatest joy with his children and grandchildren, attending most school events, sporting contests and performing arts productions, making long distance visits and taking great pride in their personal and professional lives. Most of all, he enjoyed family gatherings, especially on holidays and birthdays, at his home, at the cabin on the Pine River and at Cathead Beach.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Suzanne (Cowell) Schubert; sons, Art (Linda) Schubert and Mike (Debbie) Schubert; daughters, Penny (Jim) Sweeney and Kathy (Mickey) Kibler; sisters, Sue (Hank) Johnson, Karen (Ted) Foley, Mary (Dan) Link and Helen (Tom) Johnson; and 10 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation with the family will be held on Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, at 2 p.m., at the Central United Methodist Church in Traverse City.
Those wishing an expression of sympathy are encouraged to direct contributions to Disabled Americans Veterans and/or Hickory Hills Ski Area.
Please share your thoughts and memories of Art with his family by way of his online guestbook at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The family is being cared for by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on November 19, 2017