Schill, Richard N.
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Richard N. Schill, 78, Wisconsin Rapids, died unexpectedly but peacefully in his sleep on March 2, 2014.
Funeral services will be held at 11:30 AM Thursday March 6, 2014 at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church in Wisconsin Rapids. Visitation will be held from 4:00-8:00 PM Wednesday March 5, 2014 at Ritchay Funeral Home in Wisconsin Rapids and again at the church Thursday from 10:30-11:30 AM. There will be a Knights of Columbus Rosary held at 6:30 PM Wednesday evening at the funeral home. Burial will take place at a later date. Military rites will be performed at the church by American Legion Post #9 of Wisconsin Rapids.
Richard was born February 5, 1936 in Auburndale, the son of Nick and Helen (Cepress) Schill. He married Milly Vandehey on August 25, 1962 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Auburndale.
He attended St. Mary's Grade School and Auburndale High School, graduating in 1954. He served in the U.S. Army for two years before becoming employed by Consolidated Papers at its Rapids Division in 1960. He was called to serve again during the Berlin Crisis in 1961-1962. He returned to Consolidated Papers after his service and worked there until his retirement in January of 1996 after nearly 36 years of service.
At Consolidated he became an apprentice millwright in 1965. He was a journeyman in 1968 when he transferred to the Kraft Division. During his years at the Kraft Mill he held various positions and in 1987 was promoted to the position of Maintenance Superintendent- Mechanical, his position at his retirement in 1996.
Dick was a member of Knights of Columbus Council #1558, the St. Mary's Men's Club and a longtime, faithful member of Our Lady Queen of Heaven Parish.
He was a lifelong athlete, playing competitive softball until he was 60. He also enjoyed playing basketball, golf and bowling in the Knights of Columbus League and Kraft Mixed Couples with his wife Milly and co-workers.
In his mid 60's he took flying lessons and was the proud general contractor of his and Milly's dream home on the Wisconsin River.
You could find Dick at any area sporting event. He loved supporting the Brewers and Bucks, Packers, Marquette, Notre Dame, Auburndale High School, Assumption High School and the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters. He will be especially missed at his Rafters Founders Club seat this summer.
Dick was a giving and compassionate person and any friend of his children was a friend of his. He could fix anything or make anything, and would tell anyone about everything he fixed and everything he made. He spent many hours helping others with projects in his "shop." He had a great sense of humor. He was very proud of his family, as were they of him. He was a very hard worker throughout his life.
In addition to his loving wife of 51 years, Milly, he is survived by his four children Mary Ellen Schill (Anita Seering) of Wausau, Susan Schill (Tammy Shoemaker) of Wisconsin Rapids, Karen Schill (Craig Lambert) of Wisconsin Rapids and Michael Schill of Madison, and grandchildren Harrison and Josephine Lambert.
Dick is also survived by his eleven brothers and sisters and their spouses, who we know loved their big brother so much; Donald (Lucille) Schill of Auburndale, Ann (Richard) See of Wisconsin Rapids, Betty (Paul) Strub of Auburndale, Lucille (Emil) Oertel of Auburndale, Tom (Lynette) Schill of Auburndale, Sarah (Len) Strigel of Wisconsin Rapids, Joe (Judy) Schill of Wisconsin Rapids, Kathleen (Marvin) Klawikowski of Wisconsin Rapids, Mary (Dave) Jepsen of Vesper, Jane Hahn of Vesper and Helen (George) Swetz of Auburndale.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents Nick and Helen Schill, his brother-in-law Dale Hahn and his godson and nephew James Schill.
Memorial contributions can be directed to Incourage Community Foundation for a charitable fund that will be established in his name.
"Dick was a wonderful Husband, Dad and Grandpa."
Ritchay Funeral Home
1950 12th St South
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495-0847
Published in the Marshfield News Herald on Mar. 4, 2014