DECATUR, IL - Roy Oren Schilling, 99, passed away peacefully into eternal life and rest on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at 3:28 p.m., in Decatur Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services celebrating Roy's life will be held at 1 p.m., Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at Central Christian Church, Senior Minister Michael Karunas officiating. Visitation will be 2-4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, at the church. Burial will be at the Schilling family plot in Elkhart Cemetery in Elkhart, Ill.
Memorials may be made to: Central Christian Church, Macon County Historical Society and Baby Talk.
Roy and his twin brother, Ray, were born in June of 1914 on the Patrick Bohan farm three miles west of Elkhart. Their parents were Clarence and Ethel May Van Fossan Schilling. In March of 1921 the family moved to the Charlotte Barnes 480 farm one mile east of Elkhart where he lived with his parents and brothers until he was 29 years old.
On Dec. 30, 1943, he married Rachel Irene Rogers, a graduate nurse from the Mennonite School of Nursing in Bloomington in the Emden Christian Church. After 52 years of marriage she passed away on Feb. 3, 1996.
As 4-H members he and his three brothers - Ray, Harold, and Clarence, Jr. - raised and showed Herford calves at the Logan County and Illinois State Fairs. They also raised and showed samples of ear corn at the Logan County Fairs.
He graduated from the Elkhart Elementary and Community High Schools. On June 12, 1935, he received his teaching diplomas from Illinois State Normal University, his Bachelor of Education degree on Aug. 7, 1940, and his Master's degree for Elementary Administration and Supervision from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City on Aug. 12, 1943. He also attended classes at Western Illinois University, Northwestern University, and University of Wyoming.
His 44 years of teaching, supervision, and administration began Sept. 2, 1935, in the Maple Grove Rural School five miles west of Elkhart. He had 18 students including the seven first grade children. His salary was $640.00 per year. He spent the next four years as the teacher and principal of the Emden Grade School in Logan County. From 1940-1943 he was the sixth grade teacher at Jefferson School and teacher and principal of the Monroe School in Lincoln, Ill.
From 1943-1944 he was teacher and supervisor of student teachers at Eastern Oregon College of Education, and in 1944-1945 he was teacher and supervisor of student teachers at Platteville, Wisconsin State of Education. From 1945-1949 he was the principal of Washington Elementary School in River Forest, Ill.
From 1949-1979 he was principal of E.A. Gastman and Mound Schools for three years, the Elementary Assistant Director of Decatur Public Schools for eight years, Brush College principal for four years, Dennis School principal for seven years, and Southeast School for eight years. He was also a Visiting Associate Professor of Education at Millikin University from 1958-1970.
He held memberships in the Illinois Education Association and Life memberships in the National Education Association; Illinois Congress of Parent Teacher Association; was a founder and charter member of the Phi Delta Kappa Honorary Fraternity; secretary-treasurer of the Association for Childhood Education International, Washington, D.C.; president of the Decatur-Macon County Family Service Board; life member of the Governor Oglesby Mansion; a member of the Decatur Area Arts Council; a director of Gallery 510 Arts Guild; honorary member of Illinois State University Pi Gamma Mu Social Studies Society; memberships in the Illinois and Nation Elementary Principals Associations; Honorary and Life membership in the Macon County Historical Historical Society and the first president of the Macon County Historical Society Museum; member of the Golden-K Kiwanis Club; Romeo Club; an active member of Central Christian Church, and for many years he was an active member of the Fiers-Brown Society, a philanthropic society of the Disciples of Christ Church in Indianapolis, Ind.
He received awards from the Association for Childhood Education International for Outstanding Service in 2003, Illinois State University College of Education Hall of Fame in 2003, Illinois State University Homecoming King in 2005, and Decatur Sertoma Club's Service to Mankind Award in 2007.
His love of traveling included tours of Germany, England, Scotland, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Japan, Mexico City, Canadian Rockies by train, Ontario, Canada, most of the United States and cruises of the Greek Islands, Hawaiian Islands, Alaska, Panama Canal, and Columbia River.
He is survived by two daughters, Mary Schilling of Indianapolis, Ind., and Susan Bryant of Decatur; one grandson, Matthew (Erica) Bryant of Monticello, Ill.; two great-grandchildren, Caroline and Henry Bryant; sister-in-laws, Lois Schilling of California, and Nelda Rogers of Lincoln, Ill.; four nephews, Robert (Linda) Schilling of Elkhart, Stephen (Kathi) Schilling of Monticello, Ill., Mark Rogers of Emden, Ill., and Matthew (Kim) Rogers of Darien, Ill.; three nieces, Carolyn Sue Brooks of Elkhart, Ill., Martha (Larry) Gleason of Sherman, Ill., and LuRae (John) MacArthur of California.
He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; three brothers-twin brother: Ray, Harold, and Clarence Jr.; sister-in-law, Mary Glen Rogers Schilling; and brothers-in-law, Wayne and Herbert Rogers.
He loved life and in his later years he often said, "God has blessed no man more than I have been, and I am very, very grateful to my parents, wife, children family members, and many friends who helped me to make it possible. Thank you and may God bless you as I have been blessed."
Arrangements are being handled by Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home in Decatur. Condolences may be made to the family at www.brintlingerandearl.com.