Richard Schomburg (06/18/1947 - 09/26/2011)

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6/18/47 - 9/26/11

Dick passed away after a short, intense battle with colon cancer. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ann and Leland Schomburg, and a sister, JoAnn.
Dick was born and raised in Nampa, Idaho but moved to Spokane when he attended Gonzaga University. He graduated from Gonzaga in 1969 with a degree in Political Science, as well as a teaching certificate, and then served as a VISTA volunteer in Chicago the following year. Gonzaga athletics played a large part in Dick's life. He was the assistant Sports Information Director during the 1968-69 school year, public address announcer for the men's games throughout the 1980s, and a longtime season ticket holder at McCarthy Center. Dick was a proud alum of Gonzaga and loved to share stories with many of his friends that he met during his college years. In addition to his love for Gonzaga basketball, Dick was also a lifelong Pittsburgh Pirates fan.
After graduation, Dick taught for several years, both at the Marian School at Fort Wright College and then at St. Thomas More. After teaching, Dick worked for the Spokane County Assessor's Office until he retired in 2005.
Dick is survived by his wife, Beth; their son, Neil, and his wife, Michelle; as well as his first grandchild, a granddaughter, due to arrive in late January. Dick is also survived by his brother, Charles "Chick," and sister-in-law, Sandy; eight nieces and nephews; and eight great-nieces and nephews; as well as his walking companion, a Golden Retriever named Jesse.
The family wishes to thank Cancer Care Northwest for their compassionate care of Dick over the past two months, and family and friends who rallied to support Dick and the family.
The memorial service will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, October 1st, 2011 at Hennessey Smith Funeral Home, 2203 N. Division, Spokane, WA 99207.
Donations in Dick's memory may be made to Spokane Second Harvest Food Bank or to Habitat for Humanity Spokane. Please visit Dick's tribute and leave a condolence at www.hennessey Arrangements have been entrusted to:


Published in Spokesman-Review from Sept. 28 to Sept. 29, 2011
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