On Friday, July 17, 2020, Jan Petter “Chris” Schouw, loving husband, father, brother, uncle and friend to many, passed away at the age of 82. Chris was born on April 18, 1938, in Stavanger, Norway. His parents Johan Christian Schouw and Alice Pauline Tonnesen, along with little sister Gerd Schouw, immigrated to the United States in 1949, arriving in America on the RMS Queen Elizabeth. The family settled in Warren, Michigan, and when Chris graduated from East Detroit High School, he joined the US Air Force where he served for 4 years. He was stationed in several countries, including Korea and Japan, and his assignment was in telephone communications. He spoke four languages: Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, and English. After his discharge from the AF, he worked in a Tool & Dye Company, however, his sense of adventure and desire to succeed led him to Southern California, where he quickly got a job at a Ford Car Dealership. His people skills and natural sales ability earned him many top producing awards at Ford Motor Co, and he was instrumental in starting the Leasing Dept. at his Dealership. During those years, he also became President of one of the local Lions Club chapters in Los Angeles. In 1980, after 20 years in the car business, he opted to go into Real Estate. He worked for a couple of small Brokerages before settling with Remax in Palos Verdes Estates.
In 1992, Chris and his soon to be wife Mary started exploring South Florida as they both had always shared a desire to move somewhere that offered a more “gentle” lifestyle—one with less congestion and less pressures. After exploring both sides of Florida, a decision was made to settle on Marco Island… what a perfect decision! Chris and Mary relocated to Florida permanently in 1997 and both began practicing Real Estate here in 1998, until Chris officially retired in 2014.
He dearly loved his family, his friends, travel, gardening, cooking, dining, and of course, he LOVED CARS. He had the gift of gab and he always engaged people in conversation—no matter who they were or where he was.
Chris leaves behind his adoring wife Mary Schouw, loving daughters Marisa Schouw and Jody Stevenson, his ‘little’ sister Gerd Schouw, his wonderful nephews Karl Klingeler and Christian Klingeler, and their spouses, Linda Johnston and Eliana Klingeler. His doggies, Baxter and Bogart, whom he cherished so much, will forever miss their sweet “Papa.”
REST IN PEACE, YOUR LOVED ONES WILL FOREVER MISS YOU AND ALWAYS HOLD YOU CLOSE IN THEIR HEARTS.