Date of Death: July 11, 2021

Service Details

Visitation will be held Friday, July 16, 2021 between 5p-7p and services will be at 11am Saturday, July 17, 2021 at Hohner Funeral Home in Three Rivers, MI. with Steve Miller of New Hope Assembly of God officiating. Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery in Three Rivers, MI. Family and Friends can gather at the Three Rivers American Legion Post #170 from 12p-2p for a brief luncheon following the services.

Obituary Notice

Leslie John Schull III, age 60, of Three Rivers, Michigan, passed away on July 11, 2021, at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan after a recent diagnosis of cancer.

Les was born on December 22, 1960 in Rantoul, Illinois, the son of Leslie John Schull JR and Lois Ida Mary (Nunn) Schull. Leslie was a lifelong resident of Three Rivers and a graduate of Three Rivers High School, Class of 1978. During his school days, Les played basketball and football, along with participating in his church’s youth group and working on cars in his spare time. Many of the friendships and relationships established in his adolescence, carried throughout all stages of his life. One special relationship would be with his high school sweetheart, Wendi Rene’ Hicks.

Wendi and Leslie were married on July 12, 1980, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Three Rivers, Michigan. During their 40+ years of marriage, they had the honor of raising two respectful sons, who later would bless them with two extraordinary grandchildren. First born son and namesake Leslie “John” Schull IV blessed them with a Granddaughter, Marley Rene’ Cabrera-Schull, after his tour with the U.S. Navy. Their baby boy, Lance William Schull, provided them a grandson, Lance “Bubba” William Schull JR, to not only carry on the Schull name, but create a new family namesake hopefully for generations to come.

As the sole provider for their family, Les was a dedicated worker at Basin Material Handling (V.C.I), in Sturgis Michigan as a Laser Operator, where he developed many friendships among his coworkers. Prior to his position with V.C.I, Leslie worked at Day International for countless years; many old classmates, friends, even family were his coworkers during his time there. It was one of his first jobs, Wolf’s Carpeting, that began his willingness to help all his friends and family with their home improvements. If you ask his boys, they remember Les working for himself a lot, with them tagging along either plowing driveways and parking lots or working on people’s cars and houses throughout their childhood.

During the rare occasions where Les was not working, he enjoyed road trips with the family, watching Nascar religiously and even attending the races annually. He played basketball on the city league, in addition to being on a bowling league. He has few bowling trophies thanks to his “Cannon for an arm” proudly displayed at home. Les loved entertaining, making people laugh and smile any chance he could, which led him to becoming a member of “Great American Patriots” performance group, with memorable roles as “The Tin Man” and “Shorty the Clown.” Wendi and Les would spend their leisure time playing board games with friends or relaxing at home watching the squirrels and birds at the feeders outside their patio door. Les was always helping others in any way he could, whether working on cars for friends and family or helping them with any home repairs, or just being there with his advice and love to share. A member of the First Baptist Church of Three Rivers Michigan, and lifelong Christian, Les learned patience, understanding, and unconditional love and enjoyed sharing kindness and compassion with everyone.

Remaining to cherish and honor his memory, is his beloved spouse Wendi Rene’ (Hicks) Schull, children, Leslie “John” and April (Love) Schull IV and Lance William Schull (All of Three Rivers, MI). Grandchildren Lance “Bubba” William Schull JR (Burr Oak, MI) and Marley Rene’ Cabrera-Schull (Jacksonville, FL). His Father, Leslie John Schull, JR (Three Rivers, MI), Sister Valoris (Schull) Rouch (Middlebury, IN) Brothers-in-law Randy (Sherrie) Hicks and Scott (Brenda) Hicks (Both of Three Rivers, MI); Sister-in-law Jodi (Hicks) Moore and husband James (Paw Paw, MI). Special family friend, Lynne (Stover) Binder (Three Rivers, MI). Along with countless Nieces and Nephews and lifelong friends.

Preceding in death: Mother Lois (Nunn) Schull, In-Laws William “Forest” Hicks & Judith Ann (Emmons) Hicks. Along with motherly figures: Evelyn (Motter) Schull and Dianne (Watts) Schull.

Additional Information

Memorial Donations in Leslie’s Name can be made to St. Joseph County Animal Rescue Fund or the American Cancer Society. Envelopes are available at Hohner Funeral Home in care of his arrangements.

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  1. Sorry for your loss. He was a great guy to work with.He had a great attitude and a good heart. What a work ethic he had. Always enjoyed running into him at Miejer.

  2. All of us at Basin Material Handling are so very sorry that we lost Les. He had a smile for everyone, and he is so greatly missed. Our hearts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time, and please know that he will always be remembered here.

  3. Wendi and family
    I’m so sorry to her of your loss. May the Lord be with you at this very hard time.

    I can’t believe you were married 40+ year as I rem-ember attending your wedding with Roger. Where has time gone? I lost Rog in 2009, due to a heart attach, and remarried last year. I’m living in -Fort Wayne IN now.

    I’m sorry I missed the passing of each of your parents. I only found out long after and had no way of contacting and of you kids. When you were little, you were all like my kids.

    I would love to talk with you anytime.

    Please give my condolences to Randdy, Scott, and Jodie, and their families.

  4. My thoughts and prayers go out the the family of Les. We had fun back in the day. Many great memories. I’m so sorry Val, our thoughts and prayers are with you. If you need to talk, just call or text us on Lisa’s phone. I don’t have a phone right now.

  5. Wendi and family,
    My heart goes out to each of you for the loss of Les. I remember him from school as a classmate and a fantastic basketball player. I so remember when he and Wendi started seeing each other. Les was so tall and Wendi was so tiny, but the smiles on their faces when they were together were full of such happiness and love. May you all find comfort and strength in all the wonderful memories you have been blessed with.

  6. My family and I met Les at church several years ago.. he was such an amazing man! He was our “go to” if ever anything broke down… not to mention if a light blew, he never had to drag out the ladder, he simply reached up & switched out the bulbs! He had the best laugh and my husband could get him rolling! This world was definitely a better place because of him! He will be greatly missed by everyone!

  7. So many memories of Les and Wendi both. Les always had a smile and he loved to laugh. He loved to share his knowledge with anyone who would listen. He is a man I will never forget. One memory is of my sister coming home from school with a size 13 shoe print on her back side. Les sat behind her in a class they had together. I will always smile about that. Taken way to soon, But you will never be forgotten.

  8. You don’t know me – I was President of BMH from 2018 to 2020. Les was one of my favorite people at Basin. He was amazingly dedicated – I remember him cleaning that laser FMS until it shown. He was a one of a kind person. I loved his smile and his willing attitude. I hate that he was taken so soon.

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