Bruce “Ticker” A. Schaal of Powers Lake, a founding member of the Randall Fire Department and longtime Twin Lakes business leader, was laid to rest with fire department honors Saturday morning.
Schaal died April 21. He was 63.
Schaal was a lifetime member of the Twin Lakes Fire Department and Rescue Squad as well as one of the organizers of the Randall Fire Department. He served in several capacities in the Randall department, including chief. He was department treasurer at the time of his death. He was also a scuba diver serving as a member of both the Randall FD and county dive teams. Schaal battled back from very serious injuries in 1998 when he was struck by a boat while diving on Powers Lake. Schaal was a banker in Twin Lakes for 35 years and also served as president of the Twin Lakes Chamber and Business Association in the 1980s.
After a service at St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Slades Corners, a Randall FD pumper carried Schaal’s cremated remains to St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, also in Slades Corners. The pumper was followed by a walking honor guard of Twin Lakes and Randall firefighters, followed by members of those departments walking together, then members of other departments followed by a Twin Lakes Rescue ambulance. At the cemetery, Schaal’s son, Samuel, carried the remains in, escorted by Bruce Schaal’s gear and the honor guard.
This was the second recent funeral for a leader of the Randall Fire Department. Thoms Brown, Powers Lake battalion chief at the time of his death, died in October.