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Richard W. Schall, 94, slipped away quietly in his sleep at home on Tuesday, November 5, 2013. Richard and his wife, Mary (Betty) moved to Columbus in November of 1997 to be near their children. He came to love Columbus as his town. The neighborhoods and parks were a source of great enjoyment for him. He was a member of St. Bartholomew’s Catholic Church. He had spent most of his years in Belleville, Michigan where he was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. A very devout Catholic, his great joys included attending Mass and saying his rosary.
A more than avid gardener throughout his life, he continued to have a garden even this year with the help of his son, Mick. He was known mostly for his amazing tomatoes, but let’s not forget his yummy oatmeal cookies. Richard was retired from GM where he worked as a millwright for 27 years. After his retirement, his hobbies were working in his garden, scrapping, and tinkering in his garage. Richard loved music; Big Band, Country and Classical could all be found in his collection. His other passion was old Hollywood, the movies, the stars and their lives. He could always be found on any reasonably warm day sitting in his garage listening to music or taking a long walk in Donner Park.
He was born in Detroit, Michigan on July 9, 1919 to Joseph and Phoebe (Jennings) Schall. He graduated from Belleville High School in 1937. Richard proudly served our country in WWII beginning March 31, 1941. He saw active duty for over 2 years in the Aleutian Islands, Eastern Mandates and the Southern Philippines. He was awarded 2 Bronze Stars for his service and honorably discharged on September 20, 1945. He married Mary (Betty) Elizabeth Opal on November 25, 1950. She preceded him to the Lord on May 28, 2005.
Richard is survived by his beloved children Theresa (Martin) Books and Michael W. Schall, sister Eunice (Martin) Carbrey, brother Ralph (Mary) Schall, and sister-in-law Roberta (Thomas) Schall. Also surviving is his special sister-in-law “Missy Joan” Kelly who generously gave her time and love to his care in his later years. He also leaves behind many beloved nieces, nephews, friends and caregivers without whom he could not have remained at home in his final days.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Betty, parents, brothers Donald, Earl and Thomas, sister Rosalie Donovan, sister-in-law Dorothy (Donald) Schall, brother-in-laws Martin (Eunice) Carbrey and Ralph (Rosalie) Donovan.
All memorial contributions can be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana. Our Hospice was instrumental in Richard’s care and comfort in his final days. In accordance with Richard’s wishes, cremation is planned and a memorial service with his family will take place at a later unspecified date.
Arrangements were entrusted to Hathaway-Myers Chapel. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.hathaway-myers.com.