Dr. Richard John "Dick" Schindler
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Dr. Richard John "Dick" Schindler, 72, of Austin, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, from injuries received in a bicycle accident.

He is survived by his wife, Belita of Austin; four children, Erik, Liesl, Isaac and Erin; nine grandchildren; two brothers, Dave and Jim; and one sister, Becky. Dick and Belita redefined what family means. Their family includes more than the traditional members because many they have befriended became part of the Schindler extended family.

Dick was born Feb. 23, 1942, in Fargo, N.D., to Edward and Angeline (Havel) Schindler. His mother took the train from Barnesville, Minn., in a snowstorm and he was born in the hallway at the hospital. He married Belita Softing in Fargo, N.D., in July 1964. The family recently had a wonderful celebration of their 50 years of marriage. Dick completed his first two years of medical school at University of North Dakota and graduated from University of Iowa Medical School. He did his internship in Biloxi, Miss., and completed his medical studies in the United States Air Force Academy hospital in Colorado. He joined the Austin Medical Clinic in 1972 and recently retired.

During his career as a family physician, he cared for generations of patients in the Austin and Adams area clinics. In fact, he delivered more than 4,000 babies in his career! Because of his passion for helping people, he participated in numerous medical-mission trips to Haiti. Dick was instrumental in starting the medical center's educational program for providers and caregivers. He provided leadership for the Infection Prevention and Control and Pharmacy and Therapeutics committees, and was the medical director of the Anticoagulation Clinic. In addition, he was a member of the Ethics, Sports Medicine, Mayo Pharmaceutical Formulary, and Child and Maternal Health committees. He was also a member of the regional Emergency Cardiac Care of the American Heart Association, member of the National Faculty of PALS (pediatric advanced life support), medical consultant and chair of the Mower Community Health Services Advisory Board, and member of the Minnesota Medical Association's Continuing Medical Education. In recognition of his contributions, Dr. Schindler received the Minnesota Family Physician of the Year award in 1993 and was runner-up for the American Academy of Family Physicians in 1995.

Dick touched the lives of many through his commitment to the community. His many service roles included the YMCA Board of Directors, the Vision 2020 Trails and Rec Center committees and the Police Civil Service Committee. Since retirement, he focused his passion for bicycling into the newly formed Austin Cycle Team and the Southern Minnesota Cycling Club. We know that there are many more memories and ways that Dick touched the lives of others. We welcome you to jot these down at the celebration at the YMCA.

A memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin, with Father James Steffes officiating.

The Schindler family will greet friends from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, at the Worlein Funeral Home in Austin.

Everyone is invited to attend a celebration of his life which will be held at the Austin YMCA following the service. If you are unable to attend the service, please feel welcome to join us at the YMCA. 

Memorials can be directed to the YMCA of Austin.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at worlein.com



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Published in The Post-Bulletin on Oct. 21, 2014.
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October 24, 2014
Belita and Family, My heart pours out to you. I pray that god will give you all strength to get through the coming days. Your a great close family and with the love you all have for others love will be returned!! You now have the most amazing angel!! You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Sending my sympathy. Tena Johnson
October 23, 2014
So sorry to hear. I was a team mate of Dick hs football. He had the same great character then as written in the tributes to him.
Fred Heille
October 23, 2014
So sorry to lose such an awesome person. He is going to be missed by so many. My thoughts and prayers to all of his family.
Brenda Rone
October 23, 2014
May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.
American Heart Association
October 22, 2014
I met Dick shortly after I joined the staff at Mayo in 1976. Dick welcomed me as the new laboratory director at the Austin Clinic, and he made me feel a part of the team in Austin. Dick was a role model to me and all he worked with. His standard of patient care was the highest I've seen anywhere in my 40 years of practice.
Henry Homburger, MD
October 22, 2014

Our sympathy, One of the nicest guys I have ever met.RIP.
Bill Lewison
October 21, 2014
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
gloria bartz
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