John Michael Schleppenbach, 71, passed away peacefully in his home on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014.
He was born on Jan. 22, 1943, in Muskegon, Mich., a son of Cecilia Gauthier and George Schleppenbach. They preceded him in death. He married Barbara Aschemann Schleppenbach in 1977, and they were happily married in Quincy, until his death. She survives, as do his loving children, Jay (Ian Millington) Schleppenbach, Meg (David) Bates, and David (Wendi) Schleppenbach.
John worked at Quincy University from 1972 until his death. He was a well-loved professor of communication. He worked tirelessly to improve the lives of students and others at the university. He started the student internship program, which allowed university students to participate in internships at local businesses. He developed the Ameritech Center for Communication and the Learning Skills Center. He was also a member of the Missouri Folklore Society and worked for many years with famed folklorist Harry Hyatt.
He received his bachelor's degree in comparative literature from University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, his master's degree in medieval literature from University of Washington
, and his Ph.D. in linguistics and folklore from Florida State University-Tallahassee.
In his free time, he was a member of the Catfish Club and Socrates CafÃ© and was interested in technology, languages and religion. He was an avid Cubs and Packers fan and a devoted owner of two pet beagles, DJ and Boo.
He is survived by brothers, Dave Schleppenbach of Bloomer, Wis., and Jim Schleppenbach of Chippewa Falls, Wis.; by sisters, Jeanne (Ralph) Preall of Springville, Calif., and Arline (Scott) Taylor of River Falls, Wis., and by numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by brothers, Bob and Tony Schleppenbach.
SERVICES: 11 a.m. Saturday in the Quincy University Chapel, with the Rev. John Doctor officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Catholic Cemetery.
VISITATION: 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday in the Quincy University Chapel.
MEMORIALS: Quincy University Department of Communication or a
ARRANGEMENTS: Hansen-Spear Funeral Home.