Richard (Dick) Schantz
Dick Schantz, of Hidden Valley Drive in the Town of Cedarburg, passed away Saturday evening, September 6, 2014. He was 71 years old. Dick was born in Wauwatosa on October 11, 1942, son of Harold and Monona Nickles Schantz. He was a true Boy Scout, achieving Eagle Scout and Order of The Arrow status. Dick was captain of the hockey team at Madison West High School and later played college hockey at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). He proudly served as a Lieutenant in the US Navy Seabees, and met his wife while stationed overseas. He married Ann Rayfield on August 30, 1969 in the Seychelles Islands. Dick worked in international construction as an engineer in Saudi Arabia for Aqua Chem building desalination plants. The couple settled in Cedarburg in 1988. Most recently, Dick worked for Aries Industries, retiring in 2013 after 20+ years. He was an avid canoer, taking annual paddling trips to the Boundary Waters with his daughter. In recent years he began competing with his son on the Lake Sinnissippi Ice Racing Circuit (car #75). Most remember him for his endless optimism and his smile. Dick is survived by his wife of 45 years, Ann Schantz, and their two children: John Schantz of Saukville and Mai Wyn (fiancÚ Zach Smith) Schantz of Denver, CO. He is further survived by brothers- and sisters-in-law, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents. A Celebration of Life will be held with Military Honors at 3PM on Thursday, September 11th at the Eernisse Funeral Home, 1167 Washington Ave., Cedarburg. The family will receive visitors at the Funeral Home from 1-3PM. Memorials are suggested to the Pine View Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Center (www.pineviewwrc.org) in his name.