Obituary of Henry Martin Schiller, Jr.
Henry Martin Schiller, Jr
“Hank” “Paw Paw” “Grump”
August 9, 1935 - February 2, 2023
Hank had the kind of life most people only dream about, joining the Army after high school, where he was a photographer. He went on to attend field artillery officer candidate school then on to Army aviation. He flew for Air America to help fight the spread of communism, then settled down to fly for Japan Air Lines.
He lived with his young family in Japan before purchasing a working farm in Spotsylvania VA in 1979, where he retired in 1994. Hank ran numerous marathons and was an avid water and barefoot skier. He taught countless people how to ski and to drive a boat. He took retirement seriously, becoming a full time golf player and a part time poker player. He led his home course as club president and traveled extensively with his standing foursome at courses across the country by way of his Beechcraft Bonanza.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years Madeleine Nguyen; three children Lani (Larry), Dawn (Scottie) and Michael; four grandchildren Holly, Jeff, Henry and Ryan; his younger sister Mary; and many nephews and nieces.
Hank and Madeleine moved in with his daughter Dawn’s family in 2020. He entered the Catholic Church at the young age of 87, less than one week before losing his battle with Parkinson’s.
Hank loved his family, his friends, his country, his dogs, golfing, poker, coca-cola and milkshakes.
The funeral mass is at Saint James Catholic Church in Falls Church VA on Monday, February 13 at 5pm.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Henry Schiller, Jr., please visit Tribute Store