Richard E. Schoen, 66, of Tucson, Ariz., formerly of Belleville, Ill., born Nov. 16, 1949, died peacefully Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, at his residence.
Rick was a 1967 graduate of Althoff Catholic High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. He went on to have numerous college degrees and certifications, including, but not limited to, a culinary degree, hospitality and tourism degree, and a realtors certification. He always enjoyed learning. He was a potter in his earlier years, and then a successful business owner in computer supplies. Rick was proficient in Spanish and played a bilingual Santa Claus for many years. He enjoyed traveling with Karen, reading, gardening, and fishing.
He was preceded in death by his partner, Karen Irby; and by his parents, Harold and Bernice, nee Biver, Schoen.
Surviving are his siblings, Barb (Ken) Anthem, Joe (June) Schoen, Greg (Judi) Schoen; and nine nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to TMC Hospice, 5301 E. Grant Rd., Tucson, Ariz. 85712, http://www.tmcaz.com/memorialtribute-gifts. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Funeral: According to Tom's wishes, cremation was held. There are no services pending.
GEORGE RENNER & SONS FUNERAL HOME, Belleville, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Oct. 2, 2016