BIG RAPIDS — Carl M. “Carly” Schuberg, 83, longtime Big Rapids businessman, entrepreneur, civic leader and community philanthropist, passed away Friday evening, December 30, 2011.

He was born April 20, 1928 in Wyoming Michigan, the son of Carl A. and Alice M. (Stephenson) Schuberg. They moved to Big Rapids soon thereafter. Carly grew up in Colfax Township in the area they called Springfield. He joined the National Guard at age 16 and soon afterwards was sent to Detroit to help monitor the race riots in 1943. He quit high school at 17 and enlisted in the Marine Corp becoming a member of “K” Company, 3rd. Batallion.Carly and saw active duty during World War II in the Philippines as a Machine Gunner. Following the war, he proudly joined the American Drum and Bugle Corp in Big Rapids with his uncle, Ezra Stephenson.

In 1946, Carly joined his Mother Alice in the Schuberg Insurance and Real Estate Agency. He was highly influenced by his mother and her integrity. He was quoted once as saying,”She had a huge influence on me and insisted that I be in the business. And if the truth be known, the biggest influence on any successful man’s life is his mother” The agency is currently owned by Rex Schuberg, the third generation of the family. Fourth generation, Tyler Schuberg is now associated with the business.

Carly was one of the five realtors who started the Mecosta County Board of Realtors. He was it’s first president, a position he held for two years.

Outside of the business arena, Carly was known as “The Voice of Harness Horse Racing” in Mecosta County as well as through out the state. He was a natural announcer. “Single File, Indian Style!”, “Entering the Winner Circle is Brother John!” and “Here They All Come!” were some of the crowd’s favorite “Carly” phrases as they watched the races.

Carly’s love of farming and horses was garnered from his father and the Big Rapids Livestock Auction Barn, which was owned by his father during the war years.

He was one of the first people in Western Michigan, following the war to get a Class A Harness Horse drivers license. He was a well known auctioneer in Big Rapids and throughout Central Michigan from 1967 to 1998. Carly was a lifelong member of the Elks Club, a 53 year member of the American Legion and a member of both the Belgian Draft Horse Corporation and the Polled Hereford Association. He was also a lifelong member of the Michigan Auctioneers Association, was a founding custodial member of the Mecosta Rod & Gun Club, which was established in 1947(after an impromptu meeting at the Rodney Tavern), a long time member of the Mecosta County Fair Board. Carly was in charge of the Harness Race program from 1949 through 1952 and was vice chairman of that organization.

He was one of the five members who started the Big Rapids Housing Commission and served on that board for eight years. His daughter, Carlleen Schuber Rose is currently president of the organization.

Carly was president of the Big Rapids Chamber of Commerce in 1961 and a year later was named “Outstanding Man of the Year,” for Big Rapids. He was one of a two man committee that did the “grunt work” which eventually allowed the Chamber to build it’s building on State Street.

A charter member of the Big Rapids JayCees, he also acted as chairman of the Mecosta County Red Cross in 1950. He served as a director of First National Bank and later, the Chemical Bank Central board, from 1967 through 1998.

Carly also was a past director of the Mecosta County Community Foundation and member and strong supporter of the Immanuel Lutheran Church.

An avid skier, Carly looked forward with gusto to his ski trips with his wife and dancing partner of 62 years, Kt. He loved his first Belgian horses, Bob and Mac, deer hunting , Ole’s Venison Fry and Pancake Supper (which he claims started with Kt’s road Kill) and deer camp at “Ole’s, where he would recite “The Lord’s Blessing” in Swedish before dinner.

Carly is survived by his wife Kt, children Carlleen (Brian) Rose, Rex (Marcia) Schuberg, and Linda Schuberg, all of Big Rapids, brother John (Bonnie) Schuberg of LaSalle, MI., grand daughters, Tracy Ruell, Jill Robison, Morgan Rich, Lauren Merendino and Crystal Schuberg, grandsons, Tyler Schuberg, Kyle Schuberg and Dylan Schuberg, great grandchildren, Lilly, Hunter, Terra, Evan, Jaelynn, Vashtyn and Greryson plus several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Carly will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday January 4, 2012 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Big Rapids with Pastor Clay Bates officiating. Interment will be at Pine Plains Cemetery with military honors under the auspices of Amvets Post 1941 and American Legion Post 98 Firing Squad. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Hospice of Michigan or Mecosta County Community Foundations. Share a memory or express condolences at www.mohnkefuneralhome.com.