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Thomas Schaner

June 28, 1942 ~ March 17, 2020 (age 77)


Thomas A. Schaner, age 77, of Hart went to be with God on St Patrick’s Day, Tuesday, March 17, 2020.  Tom was born in Hart on June 28, 1942 to Fred and Virginia (Bruckman) Schaner.

He graduated from Hart High School in 1960 and married Patricia E. “Pat” Nixon on October 13, 1962.  He started barbering in Shelby in 1961, a career that spanned fifty-three years.  He operated Tom’s Barber Shop in Shelby.

Tom was a devout Catholic and lifelong member of Saint Gregory Catholic Church.  He served the community with Oceana E.M.S. for twenty years. 

He loved music and both Tom and his wife have played in the Pentwater Civic Band on the Village Green since the age of fifteen.  He also played with the Scottville Clown Band and West Shore Woodwinds for many years.  Tom was an avid golfer and he also enjoyed rollerblading on the Hart-Montague Bike Trail.   Above all he was a dedicated family man and spent the last years of his life traveling with Pat and enjoying spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Pat; his children, Jim (Lee Ann) Schaner, Sandy (David) Bantien, and Abigail (Ben) Adams; his grandchildren, Jordan (Zack) Burton, Kelsey Schaner, Jesse Bantien, Nicholas Bantien, Weston Adams, Annabelle Adams and Ella Adams; his great-granddaughter, Randi Jo Burton; his brother, Larry (Chris) Schaner; sister, Judy (Jim) Kidd;  his uncle, Joe (Billie) Bruckman; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.  Sadly, his mother-in-law, Anna “Laverle" Nixon followed Tom in death by just 15 hours.  He was preceded in death by his parents and father-in-law, Clayton Nixon.  




Visitation will be Thursday, August 6th, 6-8 pm at Harris Funeral Home in Shelby.  A Memorial Mass will be held Friday, August 7th, 11 am at St. Gregory's Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, Please consider a donation to either the Crystal Valley Care Fund, P.O. Box 451, Hart, MI 4942 or the Tom Schaner Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Community Foundation for Oceana County, P.O. Box 902,  Pentwater, MI 49449 or on-line giving at  This scholarship will be given annually to a Hart High School senior student entering a trade school or going on to study music.


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August 6, 2020

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Harris Funeral Home
267 N. Michigan Avenue
Shelby, MI 49455

Memorial Mass
August 7, 2020

11:00 AM
St. Gregory s Catholic Church
316 S. Peach Avenue
Hart, MI 49420

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