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Richard "Dick" Lee Schallau

February 6, 1936 - July 19, 2018
From: Spencer, IA
Richard "Dick" Lee Schallau

Richard "Dick" Lee Schallau

Born: February 6, 1936
Died: July 19, 2018
Age: 82

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     Richard Lee Schallau, age 82, passed away on July 19, 2018 at Longhouse Residence.  The son of Irvin and Joye (Tripplet) Schallau, Richard was born the sixth of ten children on February 6, 1936 at the family home west of Sutherland, Iowa.  He attended Quimby School from Kindergarten to 10th grade, then transferred to Meriden graduating high school in 1954.  Following high school, Richard enlisted into the United States Army and completed his basic training at Fort Riley, Kansas.   Richard was stationed in Schweinfurt, Germany for 1½ years.  He was a marksman with the M-1 rifle and spent 18 months with the 86th Infantry Regiment rifle team shooting in competition.  He was discharged in December 1956 with the rank of sergeant.  Richard returned to the Cherokee area and worked for Swanson Grocery Store and Lundell Manufacturing in Cherokee.

      On September 18, 1957, he married Patricia Sangwin in Meriden, Iowa.   They had two children Kelly and Kevin.  The couple lived in Cherokee from 1957 to 1962.   Using the GI Bill, Richard attended Buena Vista College, Storm Lake, Iowa from 1958 to 1962 earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education (General Science).  His student teaching was in the Cherokee school system.  In 1962, Richard began his teaching career at the Melvin High School, Melvin, Iowa.  He taught science and history classes there from 1962 to 1965.  During the summers of 1963 to 1966, Richard attended Northeast Missouri State Teachers College at Kirksville, Missouri on a National Science Foundation Grant and earned his Masters of Arts degree in secondary education general science education.  He continued his post graduate education taking classes at St. Cloud State College and the University of South Dakota.  After the 1965 school year, Richard moved his family to Spencer and began teaching 7th grade science at the Spencer Middle School.   Richard retired from that position in 1995.   His wife, Patricia, died on March 16, 2000.

     Richard enjoyed teaching at the middle school level.   His love of science and sparking that interest in his students meant a lot to him.  Richard’s final wish was to donate his body to a medical school to help in the education of science/medical personnel. 

     In his post retirement, Richard continued his collection of John Deere and Maytag gas engines and memorabilia.  He purchased and restored a 1936 John Deere A tractor.   Once the tractor was restored, he began a project to create a ½ scale model of that tractor using a variety of parts from other equipment or creating a piece himself.  He was a talented handyman and enjoyed carpentry work and home remodeling.  

     In 1997, Richard began working part-time for Robert’s Carburetor Repair and continued until 2014 when health issues prevented him from working.   In 1995, Richard and Robert Beaver, the owner of Robert’s Carburetor at that time, used their collection of antique tractors and farm equipment and put together a video “From Seed to the Elevator”.   This video was one year in the making and is a history lesson in antique farming with 2-row, 2cylinder equipment from the late 20s through the very early 50s.

      On June 1, 2001, Richard married Rita Pavlicek McCord in Spencer, Iowa.   During their years together, they enjoyed traveling to visit family and friends and traveling to various places across the country.   

      Over the years, Richard was an active member of the Northwest Iowa Two-Cylinder Club, where he enjoyed all things “green”.   He was a life member of the National Education Association and a 32-year member of the American Legion Glen Pedersen Post #1.  He served on the Board of the Parker Historical Society and served several terms as a member of the City of Spencer’s Renaissance Committee.  During his marriage to Patricia, he and the family were members of Hope Reformed Church.   Richard became a member of Sacred Heart Church in 2001.

     Richard was preceded in death by his parents, wife Patricia, four brothers, and three sisters.  He is survived by his wife Rita of Spencer, daughter Kelly (Dennis) Ryan of Minneapolis, Minnesota, son Kevin (Mary Carol) Schallau and their children Abigail and Korbin of Omaha, Nebraska, and step-son Jonathan McCord and fiancé Hannah Butler of Havelock North, New Zealand.   Richard is also survived by brother Michael (Dayle) Schallau of Mankato, Minnesota, sister, Patricia Carson of Cherokee, Iowa, and sisters-in-law, Nancy Schallau of Onawa, Lois Chettinger of Cherokee, and Shirley Miller of Iowa Falls.   Also, many nieces, nephews, and other relatives as well as dear friends

Memorial Services will be 11:00A.M., Wednesday, July 25, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in his name.
Father Timothy Hogan
Visitation will begin at 9:30 A.M., until time of service on Wednesday at the church.
"Here I Am, Lord"

"Ave Maria"
By Paula Pedersen

"Prayer of St. Francis"

"Holy Angels" and "Glorious"
By Sara Thomsen and Paula Pedersen

Burial will be held at a later date.


Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 3:31 PM
“So sorry to hear of Mr. Schallau's passing. Loved him as a teacher.”
- Susan (Krumm) Depew
Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 7:48 AM
“Rita and Schalleau family - our sympathy to you at this time
- Colleen and Bill Gerdeman
Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 2:17 PM
“Sending my condolences to the family. Mr. Schallau was a wonderful teacher and made science fun. May the Lord hold you all in His healing arms. ”
- Tina Overeen Ingram
Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 8:00 AM
“Schallau family, we are sending our condolences to your family during this time. We are thinking of you. ”
- Lager's team
Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 8:00 AM
“Our sympathy to Rita and Family. Dick was a Special kind man. May God give you comfort & peace.”
- Dee & Gary Kilpatrick
Monday, July 23, 2018 at 5:15 PM
“Deepest sympathy to Mr. Schallau's family. He was an amazing teacher and person. ”
- Krystie Brashear
Monday, July 23, 2018 at 7:57 AM
“Mr. Schallau was an amazing science teacher and home room teacher. He sparked my interest in science. I remember learning more from him than any other science teacher! Great man that will be missed.”
- Sarah
Monday, July 23, 2018 at 7:56 AM
“We send you hugs! We always enjoyed Dick's smile and the knack he had for bringing joy to others. A truly kind spirit! Our prayers.”
- Wayne and Diana Koppen
Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 2:02 PM
“Rita, your husband was a wonderful teacher. I had him for science in 9th grade, and still remember the day he asked for volunteers to be pricked for a blood test. I raised my hand. He looked puzzled when he read the results. AB was an unusual blood type. He wanted to prick me again, but I wasn't willing. :) Turns out that test was right, though. Sending good thoughts your way. ”
- Nancy Nalley Loseke
Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 2:02 PM
“So sorry to hear about Mr. Schallau's death! I learned so much from him that I use every day in my job. He was a blessing to many and will truly be missed. You have our sympathies and prayers.”
- Deb Hrubes Hummel
Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 7:49 AM
“In 1977, my first teaching job was teaching life science at Spencer Junior High with Dick. He was a wonderful mentor and was such fun to be with. Dick, along with Glen Brandsma, Bruce Iverson and Wayne Haling, taught me so much more than I could have ever learned in college. And they did it with such ease and fun. I consider myself to be very fortunate to have worked with Dick for four great years. The scores of students that hold a special place for Dick is perhaps the greatest testament to a life well lived.”
- John Madland
Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 7:48 AM
“I was lucky enough to have Mr Schallau for seventh grade science. A great teacher and a better man. My sympathies to Rita and the Schallau family. ”
- Lori Hoberg Adams
Friday, July 20, 2018 at 4:39 PM
“A super fine teacher! He had a way of making science fun! He will be forever missed.”
- Kerrie lawrence
Friday, July 20, 2018 at 4:23 PM
“Sending prayers for comfort for your family. He was an amazingan, and a great school teacher. He will be greatly missed. He has left a legacy that many men can not.”
- Missy Peters Lubinski
Friday, July 20, 2018 at 2:22 PM
“Rita and Family, so sorry for your loss. you are all in my thoughts and prayers.”
- Rhonda Essuck
Friday, July 20, 2018 at 11:00 AM
“Rita and family...praying for strength and peace in this time of sorrow....he was my middle school teacher.. one of the best....”
- Becky Woolery
Friday, July 20, 2018 at 8:37 AM
“One of the greatest teachers ever. And a very gentle man. So sorry for your loss.”
- Jan Rusk
Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 5:16 PM
“Kevin, I am so sorry to hear about your dad. He was such a nice guy. My condolences to you and your family.”
- Jean Bolton
Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 5:16 PM
“I am sorry to read about Mr. Shallau's passing. He was my middle school science teacher. I have always had great respect for him. ”
- Brenda Griffin
Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 5:16 PM
“My condolences to you and your family. We taught together and I will miss you.”
- Jack Ryan
Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 5:16 PM
“We shall miss this fine teacher and man.”
- Jack Ryan
Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 3:12 PM
“Rita and family I am saddened to hear of your loss.
Please accept my prayers of comfort during this time
of loss. ”
- Mari Lu Larson
Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 3:12 PM
“My thoughts and prayers are with Kelly,Kevin and family as u all mourn for a great man and great father and grandpa to Abby and Korbin..God bless u all ”
- Diane Mullenberg
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