Jan. 21, 1926 - March 7, 2013
Richard (Dick) Schneider went on to a better place Thursday, March 7, 2013.
Dick was born Jan. 21, 1926, in Detroit, Mich., to Stephen and Cecilia (Eades) Schneider. He moved to Wisconsin to attend Marquette University, where he received a degree in dentistry in 1949. That same week he married Elizabeth (Betty) Jane Panella and was inducted into the U.S. Navy where he served until 1952, including 16 months in Germany. Dr. Schneider established his dental practice in Pewaukee until his retirement in 1988. He and Betty moved to Hot Springs Village, Ark., to enjoy retirement. Following Betty’s death in 1992, he would soon marry Millie Bourchier.
Dick was a strong believer in giving back, which he did through multiple missionary dentistry excursions initially through the Jesuit Missions and later through Rotary International. The dental trips included the countries of Guatemala, Haiti, Jamaica plus two trips to Brazil (up the Amazon River) and two trips to Hong Kong. Many trips Dick and Betty traveled by canoe with dental instruments and worked on patients while sitting on rocks. Dick enjoyed sailing, ice-boating (both through the Pewaukee Yacht Club), downhill skiing, golf and had a passion for tennis. He enjoyed crossword puzzles and became quite an avid reader (both fiction and occasionally non-fiction, “because it was good for his mind”). Dick had a soft spot in his heart for all animals. It was not uncommon for Dick to stop along the road to help a turtle to cross safely. He was a kind man with an odd sense of humor. He was a caregiver by nature and a man of great Catholic faith.
Dick is survived by his wife of nearly 20 years, Millred (Millie) Schneider; his daughter, Kathy Schneider Michaelis; his son-in-law, David (from Madison); two grandchildren, Theran (Sandy) Michaelis (Madison) and Jocelyn (David) White (Kenosha); plus one great-granddaughter, Celeste Morales Michaelis.