Edward Schill

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Schill, Edward J.

Edward J. Schill , 520 17th Street South, Wisconsin Rapids, passed on Sunday, February 24, 2013 at Renaissance Assisted Living with his family by his side.

Funeral Services are 4:00 PM Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at Ritchay Funeral Home in Wisconsin Rapids, WI. Visitation will take place at Ritchay Funeral Home on Wednesday from 2:00-4:00 PM. Entombment will take place at Forest Hill Mausoleum.

Ed was born March 20, 1923 in Wisconsin Rapids to Andrew and Margaret (Schuetz) Schill. As a youth Ed worked for his father at Schill Motors and also held jobs at Consolidated and Nekoosa Paper Mills. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1941 and served in the Army Corp of Engineers the American and Pacific theaters of operation from 1943 to 1946 ending in the occupation of Japan. Ed witnessed the signing of the treaty in Tokyo Bay to end WW2. Upon his discharge from the army he attended the University of Wisconsin Madison earning a degree in Accounting. He was employed by Wood County as an accountant until 1953 when he took a job with the Wisconsin Rapids Savings and Loan (now Key Savings) as their secretary and accountant. He continued working with the Savings and Loan until his retirement as President and Chief Operations Officer on December 31, 1987. He remained on their board of directors for many years following his retirement. He was involved with many affiliated business groups such as the Kiwanis Club, the Chamber of Commerce, the Wisconsin Rapids Credit Bureau, and other state Savings and Loan organizations. He was past president of the Northern District of Savings and Loans and a member of the Wisconsin Bankers Fifty Year Club. An avid fisherman he was a member of a private trout club that stocked trout in a local stream.

Ed married Regina Soetebeer in Wisconsin Rapids on November 11th, 1950 and they have three daughters Patti (Henry) Blair, Wisconsin Rapids; Sue (Robert) Lebby, Tucson, AZ.; Paula (Steve) Bell, Wisconsin Rapids and a son Dan (Michele) Schill, Wisconsin Rapids. He is also survived by eight grandchildren Joe Ellis, Rothschild; Garrett Lebby, Tucson; Kacy Lebby Tucson; Beth Killian, Cincinnati; Becky Kettleson, Wausau; Maggie Bell, Chicago; Spencer Schill, Madison; Jade Schill, Wisconsin Rapids. He has one sister Dorothy Eaton, of Chesapeake, VA. Ed was also blessed with five great grandchildren, Calvin and Lydia Killian, Creighton and Maggie Kettleson and Chase Lebby.

Ed will be remembered as a devoted and involved husband, father and grandfather. His integrity was his most valued asset professionally and personally. He was someone you could depend on. He put four children through college all the while teaching us the value of a dollar. He loved the outdoors, the Packers, UW basketball and football. He shared his joy of fishing and the outdoors with all of his kids and grandkids. He was a master griller and short order breakfast cook. He liked to travel but the best part was coming back to his beloved Wisconsin. Our steady Eddy is leaving a piece of himself with all of those who loved him.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be designated to the Opportunity Development Center (ODC) or to Ministry Home Care Hospice.

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Published in Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune on Feb. 26, 2013
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