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The Episcopal Church of St. Martin
Thursday November 8th, 2018
2:00pm

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Joseph Schlechter

It is with great sadness that the family of Major Joseph R. Schlechter (U.S. Army, Ret.) announces his passing on August 10, 2018 at the age of 77.  Joseph passed peacefully after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.  Joseph was born in San Francisco on April 23rd, 1941, and later moved to Roseville, California with his family. He graduated from Roseville High School and promptly joined the U.S Army. After a three-year enlistment, he returned to Roseville to pursue a career in law enforcement. Joseph began his law enforcement career as a Roseville Police Department reserve officer.  Following, he joined Placer County Sheriff’s Department.  In 1966, he began a 35-year career with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) as an officer and later an auto theft investigator.  His love and dedication to the CHP led him to volunteer as the Curator of the CHP Museum in Sacramento.  He was also a member of the U.S. Army Reserves for over 20 years.

Joseph, surrounded by his children, left this world the way he lived his life - with a quiet strength, with grace and dignity- a humble and beautiful man and an honorable soldier and dedicated police office.  Joseph was preceded in death by his loving wife, Victoria L. Schlechter. He is survived by his sister Susan Hewett of Boise, Idaho, children- Cherie R. McMahon of Herndon, Virginia, Joseph E. Schlechter of Sacramento, California, Michele R. Lasso of Newman Lake, Washington, Kristina R. Rivenbark of Wilmington, North Carolina, step-daughter Jennifer N. Moller of Sacramento, California, and step-son Jason P. Moller of Davis, California. Also surviving him are 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  A service will be announced at a later date.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, November 8, 2018 at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Davis.


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A candle was lit in memory of Joseph Schlechter

Bill Hoover Nov 7 2018 12:00 AM

Joe was a buck sergeant when I persuaded him to join the 418MID in the Counter-Intelligence section, but we knew each other from his time as a CHP motor officer and mine at the Sac DA's office. We would also see each other frequently at the gym. It was my pleasure and honor to have known and served with him and I have a sense of pride in helping him get his direct commission. It was well deserved and he made the most of it. He was a star in my book, intelligent, a quick study, dedicated, loyal and reliable. He was many other things, but mostly he was a man of honor. A quiet gentleman with a profound sense of duty and responsibility. He will be missed.

Bill Hoover Nov 2 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Joseph Schlechter

Joe Sledge Nov 1 2018 12:00 AM

Joe, We met each other in the early 80's when I joined the Army Reserves and joined the 418th MID at the Sacramento Army Reserve Center. You were my supervisor at that time. We went on several annual training tours of duty, Gowan Field, Ft. Shafter and Ft.Huachucha. I worked around you in law enforcement until you retired from the CHP. We then reconnected when you became a Deputy Sheriff with Sacramento County. You were assigned to Crime Alert and worked out of the Sacramento Police Department performing your crime alert duties. You will be greatly missed by your fellow soldiers and brother law enforcement officers. Rest in peace.Joe Sledge, fellow soldier and a brother law enforcement officer and freind.

Joe Sledge Nov 1 2018 12:00 AM

We were fortunate to know both Vicki and Joe for several years through business organizations. They were great people. It was sad to lose Vicki at such an early age, and we were saddened about Joe's Parkinson struggle.The obituary did a beautiful coverage of Joe's life. May they be together now in good health and joy.

Ron and Gloria Bowman Oct 8 2018 12:00 AM