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Memorial service to be held Aug. 31 for former West Noble H.S. coach, teacher

LIGONIER, Ind. (WPTA21) –  Friends, family, coworkers and students will gather August 31 at the track where a former coach once spent much of the day to remember him.

Details are being finalized for a memorial service honoring Chuck Schlemmer, who died this week after being struck by a vehicle as he rode his bicycle along the side of the road.

Schlemmer was a longtime teacher and track coach at West Noble High School. He recently retired from coaching duties, but will be memorialized at the school track, located at 5094 N. US 33 in Ligonier.

The timing of the service has not been announced.

As of Friday, more than $25,000 had been pledged via Go Fund Me to help Schlemmer’s family pay medical expenses and to establish a scholarship in his honor.

While on a bike ride on a Friday afternoon, Schlemmer was hit by an alleged drunk driver. Police arrested 45-year-old Ryan Gravit of LaGrange, who they say drove away from the scene.

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

Schlemmer died days later. He was 58 years old.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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