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Collision victim recalled as good businessman

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 6:50 a.m. CDT

BATAVIA – David Schele is being remembered as a businessman who looked out for his customers. Schele, 61, of Sugar Grove, died Friday in a two-car collision at the intersection of Randall Road and McKee Street in Batavia.

He owned and operated Close Encounters Collision Center in North Aurora for 30 years.

“He certainly was a good businessman from the standpoint of working with people,” North Aurora Village President Dale Berman said.

Over the years, Schele had worked on Berman’s cars.

“He did good work on my cars,” Berman said.

Schele also was generous to the community, he said. Berman said he donated prizes for the North Aurora Lions Club dinner dance. Schele’s family could not be reached for comment.

Police continue to investigate the cause of the collision, which happened at 6:22 p.m. at the intersection. One vehicle was occupied by two people, who were treated and released at the scene, police said. The other was occupied by Schele, who was taken to Delnor Hospital.

Schele was a 1970 West Aurora High School graduate, according to his obituary at Survivors include his son, David A. Schele of Sugar Grove; his mother, Elaine Schele; three brothers, Gary (Kathy) of Beloit, Wis., Robert of Valparaiso, Ind., and Brian (Cindy) of Sandwich; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert J. Schele, in 2001.

The visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at The Daleiden Mortuary, 220 N. Lake St., Aurora., with funeral services at 1 p.m. Entombment will follow in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family.

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