Richard O. Schenkelberg
November 9, 1936 – November 13, 2019
Richard O. “Dick” Schenkelberg passed away on Wednesday, November 13, 2019, at his home surrounded by his family. Dick was born on November 9, 1936 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. His family moved to Omaha, NE where he attended Sacred Heart School and graduated in 1955. Dick served in the U.S. Army in both active duty and reserve roles. On October 14, 1967, he was united in marriage to Judy Bruning at Holy Name Catholic Church in Omaha, NE. After 38 years of service, Dick retired from the U.S. Army Reserves as a Chief Warrant Officer and also spent his career in the civil service sector supporting the 82nd Field Army Hospital.
He was a member of St. Gerald’s Catholic Church in Ralston, NE since 1971, participated in the Knights of Columbus, and Christians Encounter Christ. He was also a mentor for Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) and volunteered as a Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) teacher for many years.
One of the things Dick enjoyed the most was watching his grandchildren participate in various school and sports activities. Next to that, was watching Husker football and Creighton basketball. Dick brought joy to many by his jovial and generous personality. He shared his kindness and wisdom through his devotion to family, faith and friends.
Preceded in death by parents, Bernard, Hildegard and Cecilia; brothers: Lambert, Gilbert and Bernard Schenkelberg and Dick Cartwright. Survived by beloved wife of 52 years, Judy; children: Lisa Fedde (Don), Greg and Gina; grandchildren: Sam, Max, Cooper, Ariana and Olivia; sister, Gretchen Schutte-Moylan; brother, John; sisters-in-law, Barbara Schenkelberg and Helene Cartwright, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Family will receive friends Sunday, November 17th from 3pm to 6pm at the West Center Chapel followed by a VIGIL SERVICE at 6pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Monday, November 18th, 10am, St. Gerald Catholic Church (9602 Q St.). INTERMENT: Tuesday, November 19th, 1pm, Omaha National Cemetery. Memorials will be directed by the family.
Mr. Schenkelberg will forever be in my heart! I loved him like a second father. I am so grateful that his daughter, Gina, is my BFFE–my best friend for forever and eternity. With this wonderful gift of friendship, I gained another family. My heart hurts for Judy (Mama Schenkelberg), Lisa, Greg, Gina and the grandkids. My hurt hurts for their vast family and their many, many friends. He was such a loving and proud family man–rightly so. The beauty of faith in this life means that everlasting love and life exists. I will miss Mr. Schenkelberg’s kindness and wisdom. His laugh and his warmth. However, that all remains in fond memories. Memories fill hearts and love lets it overflow. It hurts much, because we loved him much! I love you, my Schenkelberg family!!!!!!!! Thank you for inviting me into your family. It has been a blessing for years. xo
Greg, very sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. My sympathy goes out to you and your entire family. Prayers to each of you.
Dick-Always good natured whenever I kidded him about the length of his name or his height. Helped me to excel so I could take the Supply Sgt.. job in his place. Drank beer and fought the Vietnam war and figured we could win it if we just went on active duty. Plotted about finding him the right girl to marry and succeeded beyond our imaginations. Dragged race down 30th Street even though he would beat me with his beloved Ford every time. Was my BFFE even if I didn’t realize it at the time. Hope to see him when my time comes. Mama Schenkelberg. and family know that I loved him as a brother all these years.
I am so sorry for your loss. Dick was such a wonderful mentor in my militarily career & was instrumental in my becoming a nurse officer.
I am forever grateful for his wisdom, kindness & his and Judy’s friendship.
Claudia and I send our condolences. Dick has been a mentor and friend over the years. I, like many others, benefited greatly from his wisdom and guidance in our military careers. We have enjoyed and treasured the times we had together, and will remember the laugh, humor and time together.
Lisa: My thoughts and prayers go out to you and all of your family in the loss of your dear dad. My deepest sympathy – Roberta Fulton
My heart goes out to Judy and children. Dick was a wonderful, kind man that I had the privilige of knowing. Prayers to all.
As an old Army buddy 60 years ago, I lost a true friend, who was the center of a moral compass without compromise. With Army protocol aside, our friendship prevailed, and a gentleman in the the truest sense. Even as best man at my California wedding. He will never be forgotten, and with Judy at his side, and he at her’s, all those years, they had the best of each other. May my good friend rest in peace, and his memory live on. It will for me.