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Rev. Philip Dye Schaal, retired Methodist minister Aug. 6, 1927 -- Nov. 16, 2007

The Rev. Philip Dye Schaal, a retired Methodist minister, died Friday in Mercy Hospital. He was 80.

Mr. Schaal, a graduate of East Aurora High School, earned a bachelor's degree from Purdue University and a master of divinity degree from Colgate Rochester Divinity School. He married Gertrude Evaline Martin of Lafayette, Ind., in 1951.

An ordained minister of the Western New York Conference of the United Methodist Church, Mr. Schaal served as pastor of churches in Kendall, South Byron, Henrietta, Williamsville, Warrens Corners, Honeoye Falls, Jamestown, Bowmansville, Dunkirk, Macedon Center and North Chili.

He served on many district and conference committees and was the conference statistician for a while. He was active in camping ministry as a committee member and counselor for many years. Mr. Schaal served as a district director for youth ministries and helped lead officer training camps. For several years, he was director of the aquatic camp at Camp Asbury in Silver Lake.

After more than 40 years in the ministry, he retired to Orchard Park in 1993. Since then, he was active in the Hamburg United Methodist Church, where he taught a Sunday school class and encouraged fellowship groups for men.

Mr. Schaal also was active in many community groups, including the Cub Scouts, volunteer fire department, Meals on Wheels, Habitat for Humanity, Penn Dixie, Orchard Park Preservation Society, and the Niagara Frontier and Southtowns Woodcarvers associations.

He enjoyed many outdoor activities, from kayaking to feeding the birds, and also enjoyed writing and mechanical drawing. He also was interested in geology and technology.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, include two sons, Clifford and Steven; two daughters, Jeanette Tackett and Laura Calos; and two sisters, Carol Spitzer and Sarah "Sally" Smalley.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Hamburg United Methodist Church, 116 Union St., Hamburg.


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