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  • Battle Creek Community Foundation
    34 West Jackson, Suite 1
    Battle Creek, MI 49017

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“Just learned of my cousin Jack passing. We saw him on January 25th at my sisters celebration of life dinner in Grand Rapids. I am so grateful that...Read More »
1 of 17 | Posted by: Jan Redman (Nelson) - Spring Lake, MI

“Jo, Dick was kind enough to let me know aboutJack. He was respected by so many. I am sorry I am overseas. My thoughts are with you ”
2 of 17 | Posted by: Loraine Cowe - Richland, MI

“Mr. Schils taught me biology at BCCHS in 1963. He was a great teacher and made biology fun. Thank you for sharing him with so many students. ”
3 of 17 | Posted by: Cindy Loser - Saint Cloud, FL

“We are better for having known him...Jack was a wonderful friend to my parents Bob and Phyllis Bokhart. My thoughts and prayers are with you, his...Read More »
4 of 17 | Posted by: Barb Steffee - Greenville, MI

“I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Schils passing. I have many fond memories of he and his family on teacher camping trips and playing bridge with my...Read More »
5 of 17 | Posted by: Barbara Payson - Belmont MI, MI

“best fiend and principal iever had ”
6 of 17 | Posted by: terry conklin - Battle creek, IA

“My condolences to the Schils family. Although I was not coached directly by Coach Schils he was an integral part of the Bearcats football team...Read More »
7 of 17 | Posted by: David Horn Bearcats 1969 - OH

“What a great man.He coached me in football and hired me for a short term job at Northwestern JHS.Always upbeat, smart. A real gentleman. I always...Read More »
8 of 17 | Posted by: Gary Bundy - Acworth, GA - Friend

“RIP Mr. teacher who I always respected and enjoyed (except for the frog dissecting thing)! He made Biology very interesting and at...Read More »
9 of 17 | Posted by: Sharon Hawthorne - White Pigeon, MI

“I got to know Jack through our Tuesday morning breakfast group with the retired Northwestern staff. Although I never worked for Jack, he welcomed me...Read More »
10 of 17 | Posted by: Linda Barnett - Battle Creek, MI

“My love and sympathy to all. Jack was a great man. He always made sure he came to me at Greeting Time in church to shake my hand and ask how I was...Read More »
11 of 17 | Posted by: Jeanne Winer - Battle Creek, MI

“My heart and my prayers goes out to the whole family. I have thought of the Schils many times over the last 50 year since I left Battle Creek. The...Read More »
12 of 17 | Posted by: Cheri Sandlin, nee Murrie - FL

“Deepest HEARTfelt sympathy to the Schil family. Find peace & comfort in same promises Coach did.... ”
13 of 17 | Posted by: John Heil - KANKAKEE, IL

“I'm so sorry to heard about the passing of Jack. My thoughts and Prayers are with you all. ”
14 of 17 | Posted by: Kathy Lichtenberger - MI

“Mrs. Schils and Dean -Please accept my sincere sympathy and condolences. Mr. Schils was always so kind whenever I would see him and he had such a...Read More »
15 of 17 | Posted by: Jim McHale - Jackson, MS

“So sorry to hear about Jack's passing.He was such a great teacher,and coach. He was an even better husband, father, grandfather. As a friend he was...Read More »
16 of 17 | Posted by: John Finn - Clare, MI

“Sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. Wishing grace and peace to your family in this time ”
17 of 17 | Posted by: Matt Schreiner - Kalamazoo, MI

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John (Jack) Schils, 91, of Battle Creek died February 14, 2020. He was born April 13, 1928 in Escanaba, MI, the son of John and Helga Schils. He is survived by his wife, Jo, sons, Gary (Sylvia), Brian (Sheila), Don (Julie) and Dean, three grandchildren, Dane, Tauri and Pari, and a sister, Louvaine. He was preceded in death by his brother, Gordon.

Jack graduated from Escanaba High School in 1946. He was a member of the National Honor Society and received the Rotary Club Award for Scholarship, service and leadership. He earned nine letters in football, basketball and track. He played on two U.P. Championships in baseball and one in football. He was a member of the first U.P. All-Star Football team.

Following graduation from high school he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Alaska. After an honorable discharge he enrolled at Northern Michigan University where he earned 11 letters in football, basketball and track. He was captain of the basketball team. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in education in 1952. In 1986 he was inducted into the NMU Sports Hall of Fame.

After graduating from NMU he married Jo Carol Hurst of Marquette on June 14, 1952. Both of them were hired to teach at the high school in Hancock, MI. Jack taught biology and was head basketball coach as well as an assistant in football and track.

In 1954 Jack accepted a teaching job in Hudson, MI, where he taught biology and was head basketball coach and also coached football and track. His 1958 basketball team was a semi-finalist in the State Basketball Tournament.

In 1958 he earned his Master's Degree in Secondary School Administration from the University of Michigan. He and his wife then moved to Battle Creek, MI where he again taught biology and became an assistant coach in football, and head JV basketball coach for 10 years at Battle Creek Central High School. In 1968 he became athletic director and was instrumental in starting the BCC Holiday Tournament. He also managed several State, Regional and 6A League track meets. After four years as athletic director he became the assistant principal at BCC.

In 1974 he was hired as principal at Northwestern Junior High School where he remained until his retirement in 1986. During his time as principal the school was recognized as one of the outstanding junior high schools in Michigan.

After retirement in 1986, Jack and Jo have spent summers at their log home on Bass Lake near Gwinn in the Upper Peninsula. They have also enjoyed a lot of traveling, having been to all 50 states in the USA and to 14 countries in Europe and Asia. When in Battle Creek, they loved their condo in Potters Grove and loved spending time with family and friends in the area.

Friends will be received on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. A memorial service to celebrate Jack's life will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 19 at the First United Methodist Church. Memorial donations may be made to the John "Jack" and Jo Schils Memorial Scholarship Fund through the Battle Creek Community Foundation. Personal messages for the family may be placed at