Richard Lane Schickedanz

Obituary for Richard Lane Schickedanz

May 1, 1943 - February 27, 2021
Rocky River, Ohio | Age 77


Richard Lane Schickedanz

May 1,1943 ~ February 27,2021

Richard "Dick" Schickedanz passed peacefully away at home on the morning of February 27, 2021 in the arms of his high school sweetheart and eternal companion, Martha. For the last year, Dad has said repeatedly that he had no regrets in this life. He knew how fortunate he was and that he does not know why he was so blessed. We know why he was so blessed; he deserved it.

He was born May 1, 1943 in Watertown, South Dakota to Clarence and Mavis Nichols Schickedanz. He had two older brothers, Don and Bob. Dick spent his childhood and teenage years in Berkeley, California. Many friendships are linked his years in the Bay area.

Spending summers in Glenn's Ferry, Idaho and fishing on the Snake River with his uncle were some of his most cherished memories. Uncle Nick's influence on his life was immeasurable—he was a mentor, teacher and beloved second father to our Dad.

Dad played football at Brigham Young University and started his career teaching history and coaching football at Whippany Park High School in New Jersey. As our family grew, he changed paths and pursued a career in banking that took us to Birmingham, Michigan where he worked in lending for Michigan National Bank.

One of the best things Dad did was to retire early to spend the next 20 years adventuring with Mom. Together they made their home in Eden, Utah where they dabbled in real estate, traveled the world, and continued to make new friends. Dad loved the peace of the Valley. Dad tenaciously powered through to make the move to their new home in Rocky River, Ohio this month to make sure that Mom was settled where she would be closer to more of their children.

The most important thing to our Dad was his family. As the years went on and our family grew, every member who joined our family felt his genuine interest and love. He could joke with the best of them, and even in the last weeks of his life had us laughing in the most challenging moments. Dad said "I love you" all the time.

Dad was a man of integrity and graciousness. He taught us to look for the good in people and to appreciate those things. He genuinely loved to know people's stories. He loved people and people loved him back. Dad's best friends lasted his entire life.

Our Dad was compassionate and kind. He taught us over and over that love multiplies—it never divides—and that there is always more than enough love to go around. He loved each one of us as individuals and we each had a special and unique relationship with him. We would do anything to make our Dad happy.

He loved back scratches and diet Cokes with lots of ice. He loved country music and cowboy poetry. He loved photography and playing bridge for hours. He hated the beach but took his family there for many memorable vacations. He loved Africa, he loved telling you about Africa, and loved sharing the experiences he and Martha had guiding small groups on once-in-a-lifetime trips to Africa. He was a card shark who would never let you win unless you beat him honestly. He usually beat you at Gin and he would "shoot the moon" in Hearts. He loved newborn babies and holding them.

Dad was always there for us. He was the solid foundation of love and advice that we could always turn to. He was there as we made decisions or shared our greatest joys. He gave validity to our life experiences and helped us emotionally through rough patches. Late night talks with Dad were some of our best times.

Dad loved our Mom with a fierceness that is almost impossible to put into words. Martha van Heemskerck Duker and Dick Schickedanz were happily married on September 16, 1964 and sealed in the Oakland Temple for eternity. Theirs is a love story for all time. The peace that they felt this past year is based on the knowledge that despite this temporary separation, they will be together forever. Dad's quiet faith and conviction that God lives was exhibited in the way he treated others and the testimony that he held close to his heart. He was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He showed us in the way he lived his life that he knew what mattered most—love, family, and a faith that would last for eternity.

We never doubted Dad's commitment to Mom and our family. He said that finding Martha was like grabbing onto a shooting star. She sustained him, supported him, and cared for him in every way. Together they have given us a legacy of love that we have the blessing to pass down to our children. Dad will never really be gone because he is woven into our hearts.

In addition to Martha, the love of his life, the people who loved him the best and will share endless memories of him are his eight children: Lexi (Dennis DeBaltzo), Sean (Bridget Bartlett), Paige (Greg Leary), Brian (Paige Haslam), Brooke (Luke Wakefield), Ashleigh (Andy Rourke), Jake (Clara Wilberding), and Abby (Ben Sparling). His legacy of love includes 24 grandchildren: Max (Corey), Sam (Charlotte), Jack, Luke (Gracie), Sophie (David), Mary, Friedie, Winne, Kate, Pete, Ashleigh, Caroline, Sidney (Anthony), Jacob, Jordan, Audrey, Johanna, Emelia, Alice, Gus, Mae, Harry, Griffin, and William; and 5 great-grandchildren: Cayden, Caysha, JD, William and Charlotte.

In lieu of flowers, please join us in honoring our Dad by taking the time to truly listen to another, show compassion to a stranger, offer the benefit of the doubt, invite someone over for dinner, reserve judgements regarding others, and have a little more faith.

We will be celebrating Dick at the following Zoom memorial and hope that you can join us this coming Monday evening 6/21/2021 at 7pm (EST)- that is 4pm on the West Coast and 5pm in Utah to clarify! The link is

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