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Long-time West Noble cross country coach, teacher dies

LIGONIER, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – A beloved West Noble cross country coach and teacher died after suffering injuries in a hit-and-run crash, family reports.

Chuck Schlemmer, 58, had been on life support for a few days and died surrounded by his family Wednesday night.

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His daughter shared on social media that he was a tissue donor, which is what he would have wanted.

While on a bike ride last Friday afternoon, police say Schlemmer was hit by an alleged drunk driver, 45-year-old Ryan Gravit of LaGrange, who took off.

Police found a U-Haul truck with a damaged windshield in Ligonier and arrested Gravit for OWI causing serious bodily injury, a level four felony.

Schlemmer retired from coaching in 2017 to spend more time with his family.

A GoFundMe campaign is raising funds for the Schlemmer family to help with expenses.

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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