Richard W. Schell

  • "Dear Alta, so sorry to hear about the passing of my friend...."
  • "Dear Alta and Family, I knew Rich since the mid-80s when..."
    - Randy Roxson
  • "Dear Alta & family, I was so sorry to hear about Richards...."
    - Cindy (Lansing) Wickham
  • "One of my first assignments at CDF was in 1990, conducting..."
    - Jim Spero
  • "Dear Alta and Family: I was so sorry to hear of Rich's..."
    - Nancy Martinelli

Richard "Rich" Schell was born April 1, 1950 in Los Angeles and he passed January 29, 2014 in Sacramento. Loving husband, father and grandfather, he is survived by his Wife Alta Glass-Schell, Older Brother Ron Schell, his son Richard and wife Shannon with their three children Moya, Alexander and Inara, daughter Melissa Schell and her son Austin, stepson Calvin Glass his wife Esther and their son Calvin Jr. Rich was a US Army veteran who volunteered for service in Vietnam, 1969-1970, and was assigned to the 1st Signal Brigade, Camp Bearcat, he later worked for the US Forest Service El Cariso Hotshot Crew, and was a Northern Arizona University graduate. Rich subsequently enjoyed a long career with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection where he worked for over 28 years. His CDF career started in 1976 and he retired as a Staff Chief in 2004. He created the Resources for Wildfire Solutions and used his vast knowledge to provide legal support, litigation support relating to wildfire cost analysis, wildfire strategy analysis, defensible space and fire safe home construction analysis. In retirement, Rich was a Senior Consultant for The Jim McMullen Company. Rich's services will be held at East Lawn Sierra Hills, 5757 Greenback Lane, Citrus Heights, CA, on February 11, at 2:00PM. Instead of flowers, it was Rich's wish such monies be donated to: Firefighters Burn Institute, 3101 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95820.

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East Lawn Sierra Hills Mortuary
5757 Greenback Lane Sacramento, CA 95841
(916) 732-2020
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