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New Rockford and Carrington, North Dakota
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Gerard Schuchard

Gerard Schuchard, age 21, of New Rockford, ND, died Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at his home, surrounded by his family and friends, under the care of Presentation Hospice after a courageous battle with cancer.

Gerard Joseph Schuchard, Jr., was born during the Super Bowl on January 27, 1991, in Bottineau, ND, the son of Joe and Kathy (Tedrow) Schuchard. At the time he was born the family lived in Willow City, ND until Gerard was two. The family then moved to New Rockford, ND, where he attended school and graduated from New Rockford-Sheyenne School in May of 2009.

Throughout high school Gerard was active in Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) and was a member of Northern Lights Advisory Board. During his junior and senior years he was a member of the Catholic Youth Advisory Council and was active in the St. John’s Catholic Church of New Rockford. Gerard was involved in track, basketball, yearbook, guest photographer for the newspaper, one act, choir, and was an honor student. While in high school Gerard worked at Hagen’s Super Valu and was a valued employee.

Gerard was a lifetime member of the Willow City Roughriders and the North Central Horse Association. He took part in many horse shows throughout the years. His favorite event was Monkey on a Barrel. He looked forward to the annual Willow City Horse Show every June.

In July 2009, Gerard began working as a ranch hand for the Oak Ridge Ranch outside of Souris, ND. He worked there until the fall of 2010 when he was diagnosed with cancer. Gerard attended Dakota College at Bottineau, majoring in Landscape Design, beginning in September of 2009 until his health issues caused him to take an early leave in November 2010. While at Bottineau he was elected President of the Student Senate for the 2010-2011 school year. He was also elected President of the Student Senate for the following 2011-2012 term but was unable to serve. Gerard was well known on the campus and will be missed by many.

Gerard was recognized for his smile and kind heart. If you met Gerard once, you were his friend for life. He loved to spend time outdoors, hunting, fishing, riding horse, or participating in any outdoor activity. In the fall he would look forward to cutting down trees and bringing in the wood supply for his family’s wood stove. Winter was a wonderland for Gerard as he loved to snowmobile. If you were looking for Gerard you first needed to look outside.

He is survived by his parents, Joe and Kathy, New Rockford; sisters, Annette (Beau Thompson), Dickinson, ND, and Stephanie, New Rockford; his brother, Austin, New Rockford; one niece, Piper Thompson, Dickinson; his grandmother, Ida Tedrow, New Rockford; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Gerard was preceded in death by his grandparents William Tedrow, Bernice and Vincent Schuchard; one uncle, Dennis Tedrow; three cousins, Todd Schuchard, Alyssa Schuchard and Schad Michael Prellwitz.


FUNERAL SERVICE: New Rockford-Sheyenne School Gymnasium, New Rockford, ND

DATE AND TIME: Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 10:30AM

BURIAL: Notre Dame Catholic Cemetery, Willow City, ND, Saturday at 3:30PM

Posted Condolences:



Name: Audrey Duff

Date: 3/25/12

Message: Thinking of you at this difficult time.  My Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


Name: Kim Johnson

Date: March 24, 2012

Message: Joe, Kathy and family:  I am so sorry for your loss.  Just know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.  Take care, Perry & Kim Johnson and the boys


Message: Dear Kathy, Joe, Annette, Stephanie & Austin,

I feel so blessed to have gotten to spend a few hours visiting with Gerard when he visited Phoenix just a few weeks ago. He was so easy going and spoke so lovingly of his family. When we spoke about the cancer he seemed to be accepting of what life had handed him and still held excitment for what the day brought. I was so glad to see that he had a great time at the Nascar races. No parent should have to go through losing their child, but I am sure that the deep love you shared with him, helped him to fight the courageous fight he fought and helped him to meet his maker peacefully. Please know that we are all thinking of you at this very difficult time of loss and hope that the wondeful memories you shared with him will live on in your hearts. I prayed that our mother was there to help him pass over and I'm sure she embraced him warmly. God Bless you All!

Lovingly, Your cousin Nicki and all the Kirkeby's


Name: Wade Sherwin

Date: 03/23/2012

Message: Joe, Kathy, and family,

I am so saddened by the loss of your son. Although I didn't personally know Gerard, I know how much your family means to you. May God embrace you knowing that he may not be here in presence, but he remains with you as always-in your hearts.

With Deepest Condolences,

Wade Sherwin


Name: Tina Zieman

Date: 3-22-2012

Message: My thoughts and prayers are with you all in this time of sorrow.  May Gerard's memory live on in all of those who love him!  God bless you all. 


Name: margaret coleman

Date: 3-22-12

Message: I love your kindness & your smile . My family said the Three Beautiful prayers for your precious son.


Name: Kathy Teschner

Date: March 22

Message: My heartfelt love and sympathy go out to Gerard's entire family. His courage and relentless determination to live life to the fullest will always be an inspiration to me as well as many others. May you find comfort in knowing he is at peace. We love you Gerard!


Name: Elizabeth Bonney

Date: 3/22/2012

Message: I was so saddened to hear of Gerard's passing. As the SADD mentor for my grand daughter Ashley (8th grader at Sheyenne / New Rockford Schools) he made a lasting impression on her and set a standard of self pride and responsibility that I know she will take with her for the rest of her life. God bless you Gerard...........


Name: Faith K. Trudeau

Date: 3/21/2012

Message: Kathy, Joe & the rest of your family. Know that my arms R wrapped around U. I'm sorry I won't be able to attend Gerard's funeral. As there will be too many people & with no immune system I can't risk being around that many people. Let God carry you through this time in your lives Sending my love ((hugs)) & prayers.


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