Schneiderhan, Richard "Dick"
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Richard (Dick) Schneiderhan passed away on June 10, 2014, at the age of 81. He was born on July 31, 1932 to the late Milton and Helen (Heerman) Schneiderhan in Sheboygan. He graduated from Sheboygan North High School, class of 1950, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1957 with a degree in Economics. Dick and Barbara Ann Buck were married on May 10, 1958 at St. Jude's Catholic Church in Wauwatosa, WI. They made their home in Sheboygan, Barb as a homemaker and Registered Nurse at both St. Nicholas and Memorial hospitals. Dick was employed at Plastics Engineering Company for 33 years, retiring in 1994 as Personnel Administrator. Dick was active in many community and charitable organizations including Assistant Scout Master of his son Steve's Boy Scout Troup at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, First United Lutheran Church, and most recently as Barb's helper at the St. Vincent de Paul store.
Their son, Steven Thomas, was born on January 23, 1959, and daughter, Karen Sue, on November 20, 1961. They survive him along with Karen's husband, John Tait and their son Jacob. Dick is also survived by his brother Tom (Mary Lee Striegel) Schneiderhan, and cousins Fred Grube, Tom (Mary) Trier, Barbara (Trier) and Hank Knaus, Joanne (Grube) Luedke, Mary (Heerman) Hammond, and Lois (Mountain) Geltemeyer.
Dick's favorite recreational activities always included cars throughout his life, having worked on the family cars with his Dad as a teenager, then buying his own, usually a convertible, and taking his friends all over Sheboygan in them, especially to the Quarry. Barb and Dick were members of the Antique Automobile Club of America later on, and enjoyed many trips and activities with them. Whatever car looked and worked the best was the one we took on trips, and despite an occasional breakdown, always got help, and always made it safely home again. He showed his collector cars at many shows in Wisconsin, and loved answering questions about them to their admirers.
Dick always enjoyed our home, and his woodworking skills built many useful things for it-- the sunroom addition being the best part of our home. Wood carving was also something else he enjoyed doing, and his HO model train room gave him many hours of enjoyment. Grandson Jacob also enjoyed playing trains when he visited us.
Dick was a Veteran and served in the U.S. Navy. The VA Clinic in Cleveland, WI provided excellent health care for him and many more veterans in the area.
Dick was liked and respected by so many who knew him, especially during and after his retirement from Plenco, where he was able to get to know so many employees personally, and he truly enjoyed his job there. He was a great husband and father and is missed a lot by his family, including our cats Ellie, Sam and especially Maggy, who loved to nap with him on his pillow.
Cremation has taken place and a Remembrance Service will be held for Dick on his birthday, Thursday, July 31, at 1pm, at First United Lutheran Church, 25th and Memorial Drive in Sheboygan, with Pastor Todd Smith leading the service. Those who have a special memory of Dick to share are welcome to attend, and enjoy his favorite desserts afterwards. If desired, memorials for Dick can be directed to the
, or to First United Lutheran Church for their Community Meal program.
Our family is very grateful to the staff at Beach Health Care at Sheboygan Senior Community for the wonderful and compassionate care they gave Dick in his last weeks of life there, and the many kindnesses they showed to our family. We are also very thankful for all the cards and phone calls we have received since Dick passed away, and the kind words of so many friends.
Olson Funeral Home & Cremation Service
1132 Superior Ave. Sheboygan, WI 53801
Published in Sheboygan Press from July 22 to July 28, 2014