EDITORIAL: Schuberg reminds us to live life to the fullest

“Some people live around the community, some people live in the community and some people live for the community.”

That’s what Carl M. “Carly” Schuberg used to say.

There’s no doubt about how he lived his life – you can see it all around you. The Schuberg family truly lives for this community. The Big Rapids area has decades of the family’s good deeds to show for it. The continuing good work of his children and grandchildren proves he was a man of his word and then some.

REMEMBERING CARLY: Members of the Schuberg family and friends walk behind the antique hearse that transported Carl “Carly” Schuberg to his final resting place at Pine Plains Cemetery. (Pioneer photo/Jonathan Eppley)

The longtime Big Rapids businessman, entrepreneur, civic leader and community philanthropist, passed away on Friday, Dec. 30, 2011. He was 83.

Friends, family and community leaders gathered Wednesday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Big Rapids to say goodbye to Carly.

There were tears. There were funny stories. Then there was that amazing procession.

Pulled by two black Percheron horses, an antique hearse, which he restored, carried him to his final resting place. Family members and friends walked behind the carriage down Millpond Road to Pine Plains Cemetery, where he was buried in a casket he made himself.

A fitting tribute to an extraordinary man!

After serving his country during World War II, Schuberg returned to Big Rapids and joined his mother at the Schuberg Insurance and Real Estate Agency. He also was an auctioneer, a member of the Elks Club, the American Legion, the Belgian Draft Horse Corporation, the Polled Hereford Association, the Michigan Auctioneers Association, the Mecosta Rod and Gun Club and the Mecosta County Agricultural Free Fair Board. He was known as “the voice of harness racing” in Mecosta County and around the state.

“He worked day and night to promote our city,” said Bob Horan Jr., a lifelong friend of Schuberg and a former Big Rapids mayor. “We were blessed to have someone to spearhead so many events and committees.”

There certainly are lessons for all of us to learn from Carly’s example. If there is one underlying message, though, it might be to live life to its fullest. And part of that life should be spent, as he did, helping others build Big Rapids into a better community.

That’s what Carly did. And we are all better off because of his work.

He will be missed.

And he will be remembered for his impact on Big Rapids.

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