Richard J. Schilling Jr.

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SCHILLING, RICHARD J. JR., 62, successful restaurant, night club, and casino owner, considered the Father of Mississippi Gaming, died Wednesday at his home in Boca Raton, FL.

Mr. Schilling started in the restaurant and entertainment business when he was 13 years old and since owned some of the most successful and legendary entertainment venues in the Country. From redefining entertainment in the Midwest with the legendary Beverly Hills Supper Club outside of Cincinnati, to "Splash" the first casino in Tunica, Mississippi, his vision and drive were second to none.

Mr. Schilling is survived by his wife, Linda; his children, Derek Walker, Dana DeBord, Darin Walker, Kim Weitterick; son-in-law, James Smith; his grandchildren, Stevee Walker, Blake Smith, Jordan Walker, Savanna Walker, Sara Walker and Summer Walker; brothers, Ronald Schilling and Scott Schilling; and nephews, John Ross Schilling and Ronnie Joe Schilling.

On Thursday February 4, 2010, viewing will from 10-11:30 a.m. followed by Mass at 11:30 a.m. at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 1680 Dixie Hwy, Fort Wright, KY. At the conclusion of Mass the burial will occur at Cave Hill Cemetery, 701 Baxter Ave., Louisville, at 3 p.m.

Published in The Courier-Journal on Feb. 2, 2010
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