David E. Schindel
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David E. Schindel

Born: June 30, 1935

Died: January 10, 2021

TISKILWA – David Earl Schindel, 85, of Tiskilwa, Illinois went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 10, 2021, after a short battle with COVID-19 at St. Margaret's Hospital. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, and friend to everyone he crossed paths with.

A visitation for David will be held on Thursday, January 21, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Norberg Memorial Home, Inc. & Monuments in Princeton, IL. Funeral services for the family will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 22, 2021 at The New Hope Church of the Nazarene, in Princeton, IL, officiated by Pastor Bonita Micheletti. Graveside services will follow at Elm Lawn Cemetery in Princeton, IL. Masks and social distancing will be required, and the funeral home and church will monitor capacity limits to maintain compliance with COVID regulations.

David was born June 30, 1935, in Princeton, IL, the son of Raymond and Ruth (Dean) Schindel. He married Alice Polson on July 24, 1955 at the First Lutheran Church in Princeton, IL.

David's family meant the world to him. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Alice Schindel of Tiskilwa. Also surviving are his five children, Judy Schindel of St. Louis, MO, Raymond (Margo) Schindel of Tiskilwa, Janice (Tom) Bickett of Tiskilwa, Joyce (Greg) Wallace of Walnut, and Joan (Larry) Jackson of Princeton; 13 grandchildren, Hailey (Eric) Schaefer, Austin Schindel, Jarek Elliott, Kenney Jones, Janelle Jones, Adam (Malinda) Bickett, Elaina Bickett, Zachary Wallace, Izabel Wallace, Julia Jones, Angelica Jones, Ben Jackson, and Brody Jackson; and five great-grandchildren, Avery Sims, Raegan Schaefer, Mya Bickett, Violet Bickett, and Lydia Bickett.

David was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Ruth Schindel; his sister, Rayona (Schindel) Morris; and three grandsons, Justin Schindel, Brandon Bickett and Noah Bickett.

David graduated from Princeton High School with the Class of 1953. He worked at Harper Wyman as a tool and die maker for 45 years, retiring in 1998. He was also a Little League coach for a number of years. He was a long-time and very active member of the First Congregational Church in Bureau, serving in many capacities, and served on the church board for over 50 years.

David will be remembered for his love and dedication to his family and friends, his strong faith, his work ethic, his wonderful personality, and his large squirrel collection. Mainly through gifts from family and friends (even some anonymously), David acquired a very large collection of "all things squirrel." He enjoyed feeding and watching the squirrels and birds in his yard.

David loved the outdoors – he enjoyed fishing and hunting with family and friends. He loved teaching the grandchildren how to fish, and would take them whenever he was able. He also enjoyed hunting morel mushrooms. He could do just about anything, a true jack of all trades. There was nothing he couldn't fix. He loved a good joke and loved to tell and hear a good story, had a contagious laugh, and a big smile. He was a devoted Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears fan and enjoyed watching old westerns. David was a man of great faith and you could find him reading his Bible most mornings. His greatest accomplishment was his family, and he thoroughly enjoyed spending time with his family and his friends. He also loved to attend the events of his children and grandchildren when he was able.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the First Congregational Church in Bureau, IL. Cards for the family may be sent to Alice Schindel, 18206 1250 North Ave., Tiskilwa, IL 61368.

Online condolences and memorials may be directed to www.norbergfh.com.

Arrangements by Norberg Memorial Home, Inc. & Monuments.


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Published in Bureau County Republican on Jan. 16, 2021.
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May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. David always had a smile and a warm welcome. He will be missed
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