2/17/1942 – 5/2/2012
Richard F. Schnicke, age 70, of Edmore passed away on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at the Spectrum Health Kelsey Hospital, Lakeview, Michigan. He was born February 17, 1942, in Greenville, the son of Karl F. & Elizabeth (Gruschniski) Schnicke. Both parents have preceded him in death.
On February 19, 1982 in Portland, Richard was married to the former Mary J. Oetman and she survives in addition to 2 sons, Phillip & Stephanie Schnicke of St. Ignace, Jonathan & Kathy Schnicke of Belding, 2 stepsons, Richard & Elizabeth Dunton of Cedar Springs and Randall Dunton of Casnovia, Michigan, 7 grandchildren, one great grandchild, 1 step grandchild, 1 sister, Judy Brainard of Orleans, 2 brothers, David & Jan Schnicke of Mission Veijo, California, 1 brother, Paul Schnicke, 2 brothers-in-law and 3 sisters-in-law.
Formerly of Ionia, Richard has been a resident of Edmore since 1994. He was a retired corrections officer with the Department of Corrections, a veteran of the Vietnam Conflict, having served with the United States Marine Corps and was also a member of the New Life Methodist Church of Lakeview.
In keeping with Richard’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will not be any visitation held.
A memorial service beginning at 11:00 A.M. will take place on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at the New Life Methodist Church, Six Lakes with Pastor John Scott and Pastor Connie Bongard officiating. A luncheon will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested memorial considerations can be made to the New Life Methodist Church.
On 5/4/2012 Barb Perry said:
We were privileged to help train Richard as a Stephen Minister at Greenville First United Methodist Church. He always had interesting stories to share and was a wonderful Christian example to the rest of us. I know he will be missed! Our thoughts and prayers are with his family-
On 5/6/2012 Phil Schnicke said:
4 years: My Daddy can do anything! 7 years: My Dad knows a lot…a whole lot. 8 years: My father does not know quite everything. 12 years: Oh well, naturally Father does not know anything! 14 years: Oh, Father? He is hopelessly old-fashioned. 21 years: Oh, that man-he is out of date! 25 years: He knows a little bit about it, but not much. 30 years: I must find out what Dad thinks about it. 35 years: Before we decide, we will get Dad’s idea first. 40 years: What would Dad have thought about that? Today: I wish I could talk it over with my Dad one more time. I love you Dad.
On 5/7/2012 Lakeview Campground Staff said:
My heart and prayers go out to Richard Schnicke’s family and friends. Richard was bigger than life with his heart, the silly jokes and his ministry to Lakeview Campground! Words can not express the loss we feel. God bless you Richard and thank you for your service to us and your friendship we gained. We are the lucky ones that had you in our lives.
On 5/7/2012 Nancy Nielsen said:
Richard served his church as a wonderful vocalist in the Choir and singing duets with Mary. He was a dedicated Stephen Minister. Richard often ran the tech. booth. He could give a rousing sermon. Each Summer he loved leading the services at the Lakeview Methodist Church Camp. Richard helped many. He will be missed.
On 5/8/2012 Kathy Matthews said:
Richard always made me feel like I had value. He was in choir and Stephen Ministry with me. One time I gave him directions to a church and he brought a little gift to thank me for my patience. How kind that was!
On 5/9/2013 Phil Schnicke said:
It’s been a year Dad. There was so much more advice that I know you had left to give. My life has been forever changed. But as you look down and see what you have left behind I hope that you are proud of what you created. You will be forever missed.