David E. Schlegel, 67, of Auburn, passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side on December 14, 2019. David was born in Auburn on January 9, 1952 to the late Clarence and June Barrette Schlegel. He was previously employed as a Correction Officer at Butler Correctional Facility. David was a free sprit and enjoyed the outdoors. He was passionate about preserving the planet, generously donating to the Sierra Club and many other causes. David was a kind man, he loved music, trains and reading books. His two daughters meant the world to him. David is survived by his loving wife, Deborah, his daughters, Elizabeth (Taylor) Morris and Melissa Schlegel, his grandchildren, James, Olivia and Hazel Morris, his sister in law, Joan Schlegel and his nieces and nephews, John and Jimmy Schlegel, Jill Stanton, Dana Merizzi and Vincent Bachman, with whom he was especially close. Along with his parents, David was predeceased by his sister, Joan Merizzi and his brother, John Schlegel. Calling hours for David will be held on Wednesday, December 18 from 4-8 pm in White Chapel Funeral Home Inc., 197 South Street, Auburn. A funeral service will be held on Thursday at 11 am in the Roosevelt Memorial Baptist Church, 101 Fitch Ave, Auburn. Interment will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Auburn. Following the burial, all are invited to join the family at the Springside Inn to continue to gather and celebrate David’s life. Donations in David's memory may be made to the Finger Lakes SPCA. In honor of David, please be kind to the planet and plant trees.
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