William Gottlieb Schaen - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

William Gottlieb Schaen

Born April 26, 1926

William Gottlieb Schaen, age 89,of Newark, DE, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, December 29, 2015, after losing a battle with cancer.

A lifelong Delawarean, Bill was born in Newark on April 26, 1926 to the late George and Nora Schaen.

He was a WWII veteran, retiring from the U.S. Navy after 20 years of service as Master Chief Sonar Technician. Bill went on to a second career in civil service working for the U.S. Sound Laboratory doing sonar research and development, retiring in 1992.

He was a life member of VFW Post #475 where he held many positions including Post Commander, Quarter Master and Delaware State Commander from 1992-1993.

Bill was a a life long member of the fire department serving both in Connecticut and in Delaware with Aetna Hose & Ladder. He was a life member of Masons Lodge #116 Oxoboxo and loved to travel in his leisure time.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, George and Martin and sisters, Ruby and Betty Louise. Bill leaves behind his loving wife of 25 years, Olga Schaen; daughters, Betty Jo Cazer, Donna Clark and Susan Lorenzo; sons, Bill Schaen and his significant other Barbara Gail Davis, Brian Schaen and his wife Melissa, Eric Schaen and his wife Regan, Randall Schaen and his wife Doreen; step son, John Belusko and his wife Jackie; step daughter Alice Belusko and her significant other, Kelly Byron; brother, Eugene Schaen and his wife Marjorie; sisters, Lorraine Fretz and her husband Charles and Nora Lee Vorous and her husband Richard; sister in law, Eleanor Jackson; 17 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; 6 great great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 12 Noon on Saturday, January 2, 2016, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, where a visitation for family and friends will be held from 11 am until 12 Noon. Interment will be held privately in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear, DE.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675, the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 308, Wilmington, DE 19899 or Twilight Wish, P.O. Box 1042, Doylestown, PA 18901.


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10 Condolences for William Gottlieb Schaen

  • Dear Pop-pop, I am so glad you are no longer suffering but my heart is so heavy! I will miss you till the end of my days and carry you always in my heart! You were a wonderful grandfather who wasn’t above having tea parties with me and giving my Baby Alive an enema when she ate to much baby cereal and was constipated! You had a lot of grand children and great grand children and even Some great great grand children but you always knew how to make each of us feel special! That makes you one of the most loved men of all time! Thank you for loving me and allowing me to have such a wonderful role model! I love you and miss you!

  • Randy ,Doreen,Nick & Victoria
    I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Dear Randy and Family, so saddened to read of your loss. Although I did not know your Dad, he sounded like a brilliant man. An amazing military career and civilian life. His dedication to all that he did and was involved in, leaves me speechless. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this most difficult time. With deepest sympathy, Maria

  • It is always tragic when life keeps moving foward, and at times, leaves our loved ones behind. However, it is a beautiful thing when his spirit is carried on by all of us, in our hearts.

    I will always respect, admire, and love you,
    Pop Pop Schaen. May God embrace your soul,
    And rest you in Peace.

    Love always,
    Your grandson,

    Bryan Lee Schaen

  • Susan,
    We are so sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. May his love be forever in your heart. With deepest sympathy, Lorre, Harold, Janelle and Carley

  • Dear Brian, Randy, and the rest of the Schaen Family! We are very sorry to hear about your Dads passing. We only know him via our working relationships with Brian and Randy, which have become more than just contractor/client relationships. If a man can be measured by the children that he has raised, then your Father was truly a great man. May he rest in peace.

  • Randy, Doreen, Brian

    So sorry for your loss, may he rest in peace.

  • We are so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Dhela and I were so very sorry to hear about Bill’s passing. He shaped my career at the Underwater Sound Lab and I have many pleasant memories of our work together. I will miss him.

  • Brian and Melissa, Chris & I send our Deepest Sympathy in the loss of your Father. Wishing you strength in the caring of friends and family, and hope that time will gently soothe your sadness into peace.