Dec. 8, 1945 - Nov. 27, 2016
Frank A. Scheuttle, a dealer of early American antiques and Western New York art, died Nov. 27 in his Robie Avenue home after suffering a heart attack. He was 70.
Mr. Scheuttle, owner of the eclectic Hertel Avenue antique shop Silent Voices, was born in Lockport on Dec. 8, 1945. In 1965, two years after graduating from Lockport High School, Mr. Schuettle entered the U.S. Army Special Forces and served in Vietnam and Laos.
Upon his discharge in 1969, he earned his undergraduate degree in English from the University at Buffalo. During his time at UB, Mr. Scheuttle was an active member of Vietnam Veterans Against the War.
Mr. Scheuttle later enrolled in SUNY Oneonta's respected folk art program, earning a master's degree in in American folk culture in 1979.
Mr. Scheuttle spent a quarter-century teaching language arts and history in Buffalo's public schools. Throughout his teaching career, he was dedicated to working with at-risk students from across the city in the era before special education.
He was a founder of Buffalo Alternative High School, the First Ward vocational school that opened in 1975 with a mission to serve troubled students who were not able to succeed at other schools.
Mr. Scheuttle retired from teaching in 1997 and dedicated himself to his second career: collecting and selling early American decorative arts and paintings by historic Western New York artists from his shop on Hertel Avenue. Soon after the shop opened in the late-1990s, it became a neighborhood fixture and destination for antique collectors and art-lovers from across the region.
"His first love at this point in his life was probably local art and secondly Americana," said Ron Korman, a longtime friend of Mr. Scheuttle and fellow antique dealer. "He just had an eye for all kinds of things, whether it was a great piece of art deco, Native Things, American pottery of all types."
Mr. Korman described his friend as "a student of everything" and a "huge personality" who committed himself fully to every aspect of his life -- whether it was teaching, collecting, music or family life.
"He pushed himself to do as much as he could do all the time, whether it was business or pleasure or vacations or family," Korman said. "He was always really pushing himself to fit it all in."
Richard Lipsitz, president of the Western New York Area Labor Federation and a close friend of Mr. Scheuttle's, called him "one of the warmest, kindest, most thoughtful men I've ever known."
Survivors include Mr. Schuettle's wife of 36 years, Mary Jane Szydlowski; and two sons, Marshall and Morgan. A memorial celebration is planned for 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 1 in The Foundry, 1738 Elmwood Ave.