Henry Charles Schatz, Jr.

July 19, 2020

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Charlotte – Henry Charles Schatz, Jr., 98, died peacefully at the Stewart Health Center at the Cypress Club of Charlotte, North Carolina on July 19, 2020.

The eldest of three children, Henry was born February 9, 1922 in Reading, Pennsylvania to the late Henry Charles Schatz, Sr. and Wilhelmina Friese Schatz.  In 1926, the family moved to Parr, SC. Henry graduated from Jenkinsville High School where he met his high school sweetheart, Ella “Peggy” Mann Schatz.  He attended The Citadel for two years, before being called to duty in 1942 to the Enlisted Army Reserves.  He attended basic training at Fort Eustis, VA, followed by OCS Camp.  Upon graduation, Henry was assigned to the 564th anti-aircraft automatic weapons battalion, serving twenty-three months in England, France, and Germany.  Henry was proudly discharged in 1946, with the rank of Captain.

In 1948, Henry married Peggy and completed his studies, graduating from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. In 1951, he began his lifetime career at Heyward, Inc. in Charlotte, North Carolina.  He continued with the firm to become President and Chairman of the Board, before retiring in 1987.

Henry was preceded in death by the love of his life of 62 years, Peggy, who died in 2010; a son, Henry Charles Schatz, III, “Chuckie”; a brother, William Nathaniel Schatz and sister, Doris Schatz Sitton.  He is survived by his daughter, Susan Schatz McClave and her husband John, of Charlotte, NC and Hilton Head Island, SC; son, Robert Randolph Schatz, of Hilton Head Island, SC; four grandchildren, Kelly Smith (Ross), Kevin McClave (Lauren), Scott McClave (Tiff), all of Charlotte and Harrison Schatz of Arvada, CO; seven great grandchildren, Ella, Hattie and Winn Smith, Cate and Audrey McClave, and Henry and Holt McClave, all of Charlotte, and a host of nieces and nephews.

A cradle Lutheran, Henry was the oldest and one of the longest standing members of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church.  He will be remembered for his unwavering faith in God and as a loving husband, father and grandfather who found joy and satisfaction through his giving heart to family and friends.  Henry inspired a love of the water in his children and filled us with lasting memories; boating and water skiing on Lake Wylie, fishing on the pier and in the surf and swimming and seining for shrimp at family reunions on the South Carolina coast.  In the early 1960’s, his love of the coast and golfing made way for a second home on Hilton Head Island.

Henry’s kind and friendly nature made him successful in business and created many long-lasting friendships.  He enjoyed playing golf, cheering on his beloved Gamecocks at South Carolina football games, and traveling the world with Peggy.  Loving memories will sustain us until we meet again and as our Mother would always say, “Henry, you are the sweetest man I know!”

A committal service for immediate family will be held on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 11:00 am, at the Columbarium at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, with Pastor Jeffrey Ingold officiating.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the entire staff at the Stewart Health Center at the Cypress of Charlotte, for ten years of love, dedication, and excellent care!             “You Are My Sunshine”!

Memorials may be sent to St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 3200 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28209.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com.

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  • John McClave

    Henry was an outstanding father-in-law and was generous beyond belief. Having known him for over 50 years, it’s been a great joy. His passing was not unexpected and it’s great to know that he was at peace. Part of the “Greatest Generation” and at 98 years of age, he has seen a lot of things come and go and weathered it all with dignity.
    John McClave