Paul Scheckel’s Gifts

Our son, Paul Scheckel, passed away on Tuesday, January 24, due to pneumonia. He was 50 years old. Paul was in the hospital for 10 days, the last 4 on life support. Ann and I were with him at the end. He received the Last Rites. paul-scheckel

A transplant team from UW-Madison flew to La Crosse that same morning. When the ventilator tubes were removed, a doctor recited the 23rd Psalm.

Yesterday we received in the mail a beautiful package from the UW Organ Donation organization. The certificate read in part “Although he will be missed greatly by his family, friends, and neighbors, they can take comfort in knowing that through his compassion and concern he will hold forever a special place in the hearts of other individuals and their families and friends.”

“His liver was transplanted into a patient from Wisconsin who had been on the transplant waiting list since May 2016. His left kidney was transplanted into a patient from Wisconsin who had been on the transplant waiting list since March 2015. His right kidney was transplanted into a patient from Illinois who had been on the transplant waiting list since January 2012.”

It gives us a great measure of consolation knowing that Paul has helped 3 people live a better life, perhaps even saving a life.

Ann and Larry Scheckel



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6 Responses to Paul Scheckel’s Gifts

  1. Barb Rang says:

    Dear Ann and Larry,
    My sympathy goes out to you as you deal with the loss of your son. His choice to be an
    organ donor shows a generosity that many of us can learn from.
    Two years ago, February 9, my youngest sister Pam died of a rare skin cancer. Due to
    extensive chemo and radiation therapy, she lost her immunity to infection, and infection
    attacked her major organs–heart, lungs, and kidneys. We miss her so very much, so I
    can well understand your grief.
    Hugs to all,
    Barb Rang

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  3. bob friedel says:

    Dear Ann & Larry:
    It is many times astonishing how the Lord works. From the passing of Paul comes extended life to others. Paul will understand why his journey through life was so special now that he is with God in heaven. Kim and I send you are most sincere sympathy.

    In Gods Trust

    Bob & Kim Friedel

  4. Kathy and Bob Acuff says:

    Dear Mr. and Mrs. Scheckel,

    We send our deepest sympathy for the loss of your son. Our prayers will be with you and your family in the days, weeks, and months ahead.

    Kathy and Bob Acuff
    Parents of William Becker, Tomah High School, class of 1998.

  5. Karen Lincoln Michel says:

    God bless you and your family, Mr. Scheckel. Thinking of you and extending my deepest sympathies. — Karen Lincoln Michel, class of 1976.

  6. Tim and Chris Spohn says:

    There is nothing worse than losing a child, but was glad to hear you could be there with him during his last days and hours. What a beautiful way to remember him and know of the people he helped will live a long life, hopefully without any complications. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We lost our oldest daughter, but was unable to donate. Tim and Chris (Peterson) Spohn

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