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Patrick W. Schuyler

d. February 18, 2018

Patrick William Schuyler (Pat) was born on July 27th, 1955 in Pana, IL and passed away suddenly in his sleep on February 18th 2018. He was preceded in death by his father William and brothers Larry, Tom and Ed Schuyler. He is survived by his devoted wife Cathy Drone Schuyler and loving daughters, Aarika (Matt) Alwan, Meghan (Bryan)Schuyler and Ashley (Travis) Miller and cherished grandchildren Jackson, Olivia, Nathaniel, and Calvin.  His beloved mother Margaret Deters Schuyler and siblings Ann, Betsy, Linda, Mary, Phyllis, Alice and Rick and many nieces and nephews.

Pat grew up in Taylorville and lived in the Sangamon area most of his life. While attending high school in Athens, he apprenticed in the family business of Fine Harness making, and became a master of exquisite artistry. For the last 22 years he was caretaker of Power Farms in Cantrall, a place he loved and regarded as his own.  Whether making harness or tending to the grounds, he maintained an outstanding work ethic and took pride in attention to detail.

Pat was loved by all who knew him for his generosity, kindness, humor, and great story telling. He was a history connoisseur who loved music, reading, cooking and his chickens and dog. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, friend and caretaker.

He enjoyed being outdoors, spending time with his family, friends and his wife who was his best friend.   He was a skilled craftsman of many trades who brought joy to everyone around him

A memorial gathering will be held at Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens on Saturday February 24th 2018 starting at 12:00pm followed by a memorial service from 1:30 to 2:00pm with Msgr. Thomas Holinga officiating. Following the service there will be a Celebration of Life at the Fancy Prairie Fire Department.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Joseph’s Catholic Indian School of Chamberlain South Dakota.

Mott & Henning Fuenral Home is taking care of the Schuyler family. Online condolences can be shared at


  1. I am your nearest neighbor Jeff Tribble’s dad. I enjoyed many times talking with Pat and enjoyed hunting on the property, which I can say was always in great shape. I know he will be missed dearly and I will be praying for the peace on your family. May the Lord Jesus bless all of you, and comfort you in this time of need.

  2. Pat was a good friend of mine for many years i hope that God grants you all peace and comfort. A true craftsman that he was. My years at Kennedys with Pat were some happy good times

  3. I send my sincerest condolences and prayers to Pat’s family. Pat and I met in school at good ole Athens High School. It seems after we met, we went from strangers at school to best friends to Brothers. He was one of my all-time favorite people!
    For over 45 years we have kept in touch, even if it was over the phone or by exchanging Christmas cards on the holiday. My favorite memories though were our visits spent together remembering the “old days” in person!
    Pat always had a smile on his face and joy in his heart that he shared so readily. He will always have a special place in my heart as a Brother I picked out for myself! I was blessed to call him my Friend! Bob S

  4. So sorry to hear of Pat’s passing. Love and prayers to Cathy and Rick, who I knew well, and the entire Schuyler family.

  5. In high school, Pat, John Poniske and I were best of friends. I remember how we did everything together and had fun with life. I’m sorry we lost track of each other over the years. Welcome to Heaven Pat!we will see you soon enough. Pat wrote in our yearbook his ambition saying he wanted, “To live in happiness the rest of my life and to someday get to heaven. (God willing.)” You made it Pat! My condolences to his family as he is now in a better place!

  6. We’re so very sad to hear of Pats passing. To Pats sister Phyllis my dear best friend of 40 years and to everyone in your wonderful family we send our love sympathy and prayers

  7. Sorry to hear that Pat passed away I’ll be praying for the family in these trying days

  8. I met Pat when in high school and right away thought he was about the funniest person I ever knew. I can’t remember him ever saying a mean thing about anyone and he was always in good spirits. I see that memorials are requested to be sent to St Joe’s Indian School-I’ve been to that school and can’t think of a better cause.Thanks Pat.

  9. It was my great honor to have known Pat, he always made you feel welcomed with a cold Bud and a good laugh. He will be sorely missed by all. God rest his soul.

  10. Our sympathy to the Schuyler Family. Pat made my husband a beautiful leather belt several years ago which was worn many times. My children shared school memories with some of you. May your golden memories bring you comfort. The Messersmith-Plopper Family.

  11. To the Schuyler family, I am so sorry for your loss of Pat. I will keep you in my prayers during these difficult days. The Schuyler family will always be on of my fondest childhood memories.

    Carolyn Minix

  12. May the God of all comfort be with the family at this time.(2 Corinthians 1:3,4)

  13. I am sorry to hear of Pats passing. My sympathy to Cathy, Tom’s daughters, Mrs. Margaret Schuyler,
    Ann and the remainder of the family. I live in Pana and live about a block from where the Schuyler family lived. Tom was my age and Larry a year older. I see Ann and Mrs. Schuyler from time to time. May Pat rest in peace and God bless your family.

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