Tommie CarlinSchauer, 57, died peacefully Dec. 18, 2014, in Green Bay, Wisc., after a brief battle with cancer. He had both of his children and several family members with him at the time of his passing. A tribute to Coach Tommie is 1-4:30 p.m. Sunday, June 14, 2015, at Homer Middle School, with soccer teams playing short games to honor him. A celebration of Tommie’s life also is planned during the summer of 2015 in Minnesota.
Thomas Richard Schauer was born on April 21, 1957, in St. Paul, Minn., to parents Richard F. Schauer and Virginia L. Schauer (Vadnais). His biological father passed away when he was just a year old. His mother remarried, and the new larger family grew up on the grounds of Roselawn Cemetery in Roseville, Minn., where his step-father, Archie Patrick, was the superintendent.
Tommie graduated from Alexander Ramsey High School in 1975 and then attended St. Thomas College. After college, he traveled to Europe to play soccer and later returned to Minnesota, married and started his family. Tommie and Erin had two children, a daughter, Kyle, and a son, Neil.
Tommie was passionate about most things in life, especially about his own children. He was known to his family as “Mr. Mom” due to his ability to always be there to ensure they were cared for and having fun. Tommie loved spending time with Kyle and Neil, often coaching and leading activities they were involved in from Girl Scouts to hockey teams. He was always watching out for all of the youth that he worked with as a coach, substitute teacher, advocate for at risk youth and provider for community mental health programs. Tommie was a skilled motivator and loved all of the youth he worked with. He not only connected with young people, but with their parents and families, going out of his way to become a friend and advocate. His devotion and generosity was profound; he was once witnessed giving someone the shirt off his back. Tommie always stayed connected with the young people he knew and often drove hundreds of miles to watch them play soccer or hockey long after he had been their coach.
Tommie spent most of his adult life in Minnesota and Wisconsin, but also spent six years living with his sister, Linda, and her family in Homer, where he coached soccer, managed the Homer Ice Rink and worked in the schools.
Tommie was preceded in death by his father, Richard F. Schauer; mother, Virginia L. Patrick; stepfather, Archie Patrick; brother, Craig Patrick; and his grandparents and uncles.
He is survived by his children, Kyle CarlinSchauer, and Neil CarlinSchauer; sisters, Nancy Gurney (Dave), Debbie Patrick, Julie Erickson (Jim) and Linda Rourke (Paul); brothers, Terry Patrick (Karen) and Michael Patrick; and many nieces and nephews.