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Chad Anton Schatz

July 11, 1988 ~ July 2, 2018 (age 29)

Chad Anton Schatz of 611 Purdy Road, Dalton, PA, formerly of Rich Valley Road, Emporium, PA, died at his residence on Monday, July 2, 2018. Chad was born July 11, 1988, in Warren, PA, the son of Randy and Karin Nelson Schatz, Emporium. On August 21, 2017, he married Archer Jesse Schatz who survives. To a statistician, Chad could be remembered as one of the roughly 650 Americans who die each week from opioid-related overdose. But to his family and friends, Chad will always be remembered as a loveable teddy-bear of a man, a gentle giant who was humble, tender-hearted, and trusting. Chad took great joy in pleasing other people, whether it was in making them laugh, sharing what he had, or using his brute strength to help in physical labor. He was a hard worker and a loyal friend. He also was a man who wanted to protect those he loved and who stood up for the underdog. Chad most enjoyed being with his family, playing with his nephews, hunting, fishing, hiking, and sitting around campfires with family and friends. One cannot reflect on Chad’s life without recalling that he was a great athlete and that he absolutely loved little kids! In addition to his wife and parents, Chad will be loved, missed, and remembered by a brother, Randy Schatz, two sisters, Shalynn Schatz and Amily Schatz, two nephews, Cage and Cayden, all of Emporium; maternal grandmother, Bella “Nana” Nelson of Kane, paternal grandparents, David and Donna Schatz of St. Marys, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. Chad was preceded in death by his much beloved maternal grandfather, Floyd “Papa” Nelson. A memorial gathering will be held at the Cameron County Fairgrounds, Route 46, Emporium, PA on Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.. The Rev. Lionel Owen, Pastor of Emporium Alliance Church, will officiate. Visitation with the family will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, donations toward the funeral expenses will be gratefully accepted. From their indescribable grief, the family offers this: “Ignoring what ended Chad’s short life on this earth would be a tragedy and we want no effort spared in helping others battling addiction.”

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