Richard "Dick" Lawrence Schmeling, Edgerton, WI (1939-2014)
March 4, 1939 - March 10, 2014
Richard "Dick" Lawrence Schmeling, age 75, of Edgerton, died unexpectedly at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison, on Monday, March 10, 2014. He was born on March 4, 1939, in Edgerton, WI, to Violet (Husen) and Lawrence Schmeling. He attended Janesville Schools and graduated in 1957, from Janesville Senior High School. After graduation he attended DeVry Technical College. On July 9, 1966, he married the love of his life, Karen (Magnuson) Schmeling in Rockford, IL. Dick worked in sales for most of his life and retired from Chambers and Owen in 1999. On Aug. 1, 1999, he received a liver transplant. Dick enjoyed camping, traveling, playing gin with his life-long friend, Glenn McWilliams, and spending time with family and friends. He especially cherished his five grandchildren. Dick and Karen celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary in 2011 in Hawaii, a trip thoroughly enjoyed.
Dick is survived by his wife of 47 years, Karen Schmeling; two daughters, Kari (Mark) Schwengels of Evansville, and Renee (Matt) Smith of Janesville; five grandchildren: Emma, Noah, Jack, Allen, and Ben. He is also survived by his sister, Gerry (Dick) Dallman; two step brothers, Ken (Linda) Osborn and Don Osborn, all of Janesville; his mother-in-law, Ruby Magnuson of Edgerton; and his life-long friend of 65 years, Glenn McWilliams. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends, and his black lab, "Nellie". He was preceded in death by his parents, Violet Osborn and Lawrence Schmeling; his step-father, Earl Osborn; infant twins; father-in-law, Clarence Magnuson; and brother-in-law, Dan Magnuson.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 15, 2014, at MILTON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 241 Northside Dr., Milton, with Pastor Steve Scott officiating. Burial will be in the Fassett Cemetery, Edgerton. Visitation times will be Friday from 4 until 7 p.m. at the ALBRECHT FUNERAL HOMES & CREMATION SERVICES, Milton, and from 10 a.m. until time of services Saturday at the CHURCH.
Dick will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved him.
The family would like to thank the medical staff of St. Mary's Hospital in Madison, for the exceptional care of Dick and his family during this difficult time.
Dick had fourteen and a half wonderful years after his liver transplant. He was active and thoroughly enjoyed life. The family would like to thank the UW-Hospital transplant doctors and especially, Jaime Myers, his coordinator, who always made sure Dick was healthy.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to UW-Liver Transplant office in Madison.
Albrecht Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Milton
828 S. Janesville St 608-868-2542