JOHN R. SCHILLHAMMER - BURLINGTON/ESSEX JUNCTION - John R. Schillhammer, 74, died suddenly of a heart attack Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, in Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington. John was born in Burlington July 22, 1939, the oldest child of Richard W. and the late Irene (Royce) Schillhammer. He grew up in Burlington, graduated from BHS in 1958 and Champlain College in 1960. John joined his father in the family printing business, Queen City Printers Inc. John's commitment to the customer was legendary, developing loyalty with whomever he worked. He advanced the business from the days of letterpress to a full service, offset printing company. John immersed himself in community endeavors with particular emphasis on the American Red Cross of Burlington. John was a blood donor at every possible interval - a time spanning over 35 years. His love for the Ethan Allen Club and all that it provided to members and the community was unprecedented. It was there that he lived life to the fullest. He enjoyed spending time at the family home in Starksboro, where he took great pride mowing the fields in straight even lines. Starksboro was also the home of "deer camp" where friendships, beverages and a love of cards were a hallmark of his time. Upon his retirement, John purchased a winter home in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., where he could be close to Shari, Randy and his beloved grandchildren. But just as he had throughout his life, he nurtured friends and a sense of community and belonging among the many residents there. The Sun Beach Club will never be the same without his spirit and energy. John is survived by his wife, Judith (Myette) Murtha of Essex; his daughter, Shari Schillhammer Verge and her husband, Randy, of Apopka, Fla. and two cherished grandchildren, Ashley George and her husband, Dustin, and Kristin Verge; his son, David W. Schillhammer and his friend, John Starks of Orlando, Fla.; his father, Dick Schillhammer and his sister, Joan Schillhammer both of South Burlington; his brother, Alan Schillhammer and his wife, Chris, of Shelburne; and many nieces and nephews. In addition, he is survived by Judy's children and their families, Chris Murtha and his wife, Tammi, and Rob Murtha and his wife, Lilly, both of Essex. He is also survived by his former wife and mother of their children, Ann (Howard) Schillhammer. In addition, John loved his many lifelong friends including Thomas "Oakie" O'Connor, Joseph J. Heald, John Casey, and Spin Richardson, among many, many others. Visiting hours will be on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Corbin and Palmer Funeral Chapel, 9 Pleasant St., Essex Junction. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at 11:30 a.m. at The First Congregational Church of Essex Junction, 39 Main St., Essex Junction. The family suggests memorial contributions in his memory to the American Red Cross, 29 Mansfield Ave., Burlington or the
Vermont Chapter, 77 Hegeman Ave., Colchester.