Richard Schneider

Richard C. Schneider

Richard C. Schneider passed away peacefully in his sleep Friday, April 25.

He was born in 1929, to immigrant German parents Oscar and Hilda (Schuetz). He was the youngest of five siblings, Edith (Piehl), Paul, Frederick, and Lillian (Breitenwischer), all of whom preceded him in death. He and his beloved wife of 55 years, Myrna, had two children, Lora (Hagen); and Fritz, of Maryland.

He is survived by both children and a granddaughter, Margaret, also of Maryland.

Dick attended public schools in Kenosha, Wis. His education was completed with a Bachelor of Arts from Milwaukee State Teachers College, a Master of Arts from the University of Wisconsin, and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In addition, he served in the United States Army.

Following his discharge from the Army, he began his teaching career in Antigo, Wis., followed by several years in Racine. In 1962, he and his family moved to Stevens Point, where he accepted a position as assistant professor of art at Wisconsin State College (now UW-SP). He was elected to terms as Chairman of the Faculty in 1968-70.

In 1975, he began research and development of the outdoor mural on the Trainer Natural Resources Building, which houses the UW-SP College of Natural Resources. One of the several unique aspects of this project is that all of the quarter-million ceramic tiles were hand-decorated and placed by volunteers, which took several years. The mural, funded entirely by private contributions, was dedicated in 1982.

He retired from full-time teaching in 1988, but continued to teach workshops, as well as producing ceramics, including the series of commemorative breastplates, Let Us Now Praise Famous Women, and ceramic horns. Fulfilling a long-held wish, the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra performed a specially commissioned work for ceramic horn and chamber orchestra, Curiosities, in February, 2006. Retirement permitted him to devote more time at the pottery shop he and Myrna established outside Minocqua in the mid-1970s. Myrna died in 2006, but he continued his potting activities in both Minocqua and Stevens Point, and was joined in the business by his daughter, Lora, in 2001.

A celebration of Dicks life will be held at St Pauls United Methodist Church in Stevens Point at 6 p.m., Sunday, May 4. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Schneider Family Fund at the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin, in support of the arts and education.

Published online at from May 2 to May 3, 2014