Richard “Dick” Schindele
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December 17, 1941-January 19, 2020
Dick, as he was known to family and friends around the world was born on December 17th, 1941, in Billings, Montana, to Lester and Harriet (nee Logan) Schindele. Dick enjoyed spending time in his youth on his grandparents, Dick and Marjorie Logan’s, ranch and at the airport managed by his grandfather. Dick was able to return to his beloved Montana for a short while before his death, embarking on the trip in a 1973 Winnebago he had named Ellie. It was his last grand adventure in a long life of grand adventures! Dick graduated from Highline High School and in 1960 married his high school sweetheart, Nancy, and joined the Army. He had the good fortune to be stationed with the Signal Corps at Fort Lawton in West Seattle. During the Cuban Missile Crisis, he was ordered onto a troop ship ready for battle, but never departed.
Dick was preceded in death by his loving wife of 37 years, Sally (nee Thacker). He leaves behind his brother Michael Schindele, sister Marilyn Schindele, four children: Mark Schindele (Tressie) and sons Robert and John; Annie Noble (Rex) and children Gabriel Way, Elysa Wolverton, Ian Way, and Danny Way; Wayne Farris (Cindy) and children KJ, Kolby, Kyla, and Kacie; Melissa deOliveira (Sergio) and sons Saj and Christian; and twelve great- grandchildren.
Dick loved the outdoors and in his younger years he was an avid skier, dirt bike enthusiast, and fisherman. He was a member of the Green River Steelhead & Trout Club and The Evergreen Conestogas Jeep Club. He volunteered for the Boy Scouts of America and later loved to take his family on weekend camping and fishing trips, and Jeep racing events where all the children were able to compete.
Dick, a street racer in his youth, was a lifelong car lover. He was still on the drag strip into his mid-seventies and was continuing to modify his ’65 El Camino drag car before his passing. He was especially proud of a ‘27 Model T that he owned twice, his ’46 Ford 2-door sedan, named “Thumper”, and his ’53 Ford Victoria, called “Moonshine”, because it was “white lightning” on the track. He enjoyed both racing and showing his cars and was well known to the many people who participate in those events.
He spent most of his working life in the heavy equipment business, appraising and selling machinery around the world. He was also in the oil business, running a pair of drill ships out of Singapore and Perth, Australia.
Dick had a great sense of humor; he was an endless well of funny sayings and stories. There was always something we had never heard before, and if he had lived to be 100 we still would not have heard them all.
He was loved by many and will be missed by all.
A Celebration of Life will be held later in the spring.