NOBLE COUNTY, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – Two Noble County high school football teams dedicated their first game to the memory of a former West Noble High School coach and teacher.
The West Noble High School Football team traveled to Central Noble High School for their first game of the season.
Prior to the game, both teams held a moment of silence to remember Chuck Schlemmer, a former West Noble High School track coach and teacher who recently died after being struck by a car while riding his bicycle.
Schlemmer was 58-years-old.
This tragedy devastated several students and teachers at West Noble High School.
“I heard it from a friend actually and my jaw dropped,” said Mark Silva, a West Noble High School football player said.
“The whole school has just been basically in a funk all week,” said Monte Mawhorter, West Noble High School head football coach. “Everybody was touched by this man.”
Both teams displayed a sticker of a green ribbon with Schlemmer’s name on their helmets.
“I would tell him I love him. I would give anything for one more minute (with Schlemmer),” said Mawhorter.
A memorial service to honor Schlemmer is scheduled for August 31st. Details are being finalized.
Schlemmer’s kids have created a GoFundMe to help with Schlemmer’s medical bills and a possible scholarship that will be set up in his name. If you’d like to help, please click here.