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Charles Brooks Schaller

July 30, 2024 March 8, 2006
Charles Brooks Schaller
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Charles Brooks Schaller died Wednesday, March 8, 2006 at the Tucker Cancer Center in Middletown.

The son of the late Russell Brooks and Irene Slater Schaller, he was born on July 30, 1924 in Ft. George, New York City.

A graduate of Middletown High School, Charles was a firefighter with the McQuoids. As an Infantry Commando, he served in Northern Italy during World War II and after recovering from injuries sustained there he was transferred to Bremen, Germany where he assisted in the rebuilding of that city. Charles's lifelong passion was automobiles and racing. He was the fifth Volkswagon Dealer in the United States and owned several speed shops. He was the crew chief for the French Panhard factory racing team and competed successfully at Lime Rock, Conn. He owned and sponsored several stock cars, also competing successfully at Orange County Fair Speedway.

He is survived by his loving wife Joan and children, Laurence of Dover, N.H., Laura of Davenport, N.Y., Elizabeth of Amarillo, Texas, Patricia of Asbury, N.J. and Jennifer of Goodrich, Mich.; grandchildren Melanie, Nickolas, Garrett, Jacob, Thomas, Samuel and Madeline; as well as cousins Jane Ryder and her husband Paul of Virginia and Ellen Wright and her husband Don of New Jersey.

There will be no visitation.

A Service of Remembrance will be held Saturday, March 11 at 11 a.m. at Scotchtown Presbyterian Church on Blumel Road, Scotchtown with Pastor Jean Risley officiating.

Burial will follow in Scotchtown Cemetery.

Donations in Charles's name may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY, 12550.

Arrangements are under the direction of Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, Inc.

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