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Richard Schaller

Richard Frederick Schaller

Saturday, November 7th, 1925 - Friday, November 22nd, 2019
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Rich Schaller, 94, passed away peacefully at Grace Pointe Senior Care in Greeley, CO on November 22, 2019. He is now reunited with his loving wife of 67 years, Jeanne Higgins Schaller and his parents Alois and Stella Schaller.

He was born November 7, 1925 in St. Louis, MO and was raised with his sister Catherine Gravlin of St. Louis. His childhood was enriched with playing baseball, fishing with his father, playing violin and visiting his uncle’s rural parish.

He attended Marist High School and, while a counselor at Camp Don Bosco, he met his soul mate, Jeanne Higgins. The Air Force and WW II postponed their courtship for a few years. Rich returned stateside, completed his degree at St. Louis University and they married in June 1949.

Rich soon joined the FBI which required a series of moves to other cities and states: Pittsburg PA, Baltimore MD, Washington DC, Knoxville TN & Buffalo NY. They had three children, Kay 1950, Mary Jeanne 1951 and Mike 1961.

Jeanne and Rich filled their free time with home improvement projects, entertaining friends, playing bridge, camping in the Canadian wilderness and on US coastal beaches. On one of these camping trips they discovered the ‘sugar white’ beaches of the Florida Panhandle. It was in Destin FL that they retired after 25 years as an FBI agent and 20 years as a NY State Special Prosecutor.

It was sad to give up the year-round golf games, but in 2014 Jeanne and Rich moved to Windsor, CO to be near the family. They were warmly welcomed by the community at Good Samaritan Water Valley and by the congregation at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in Windsor. They lived together there until Jeanne’s death in 2017. Rich then moved to Grace Pointe Senior Community which was his home until he died.

Rich was a devoted husband, a loving and energetic father, a loyal public servant and a devout Catholic. His quiet strength, tenacity and perseverance were our anchor in life. Rich showed humility in all things, never disparaging another and always showing tolerance, openness and acceptance. His faith was a deep and personal spirituality that never sought to be recognized by others. Instead he lived his faith by generously caring for the less fortunate. Each and every one of us knows what Rich left in our hearts and how he helped us to be our best selves.

Rich will be sorely missed and remembered as a loving brother to Catherine Gravlin of St. Louis MO.
As a loving father to Kay Steg (Jeff) of Ault CO, Mary Jeanne DeMarie (Mark) of Denver CO and Mike Schaller (Kim) of Lee’s Summit MO.
As a loving grandfather to Colleen Underwood (Erick) of Paris France, Allie Steg Haskett (Chris) of Greeley, Matt DeMarie (Helena) of Denver, Drew DeMarie (Nicki) of Denver, Molly DeMarie (Tom Westover) of Portland OR, Erin Jorgenson (Brent) of Lee’s Summit, MO, Kate Wendt (Austin) of Spokane, WA,
As “GG-Pa” to 12 great grandchildren in Colorado, Missouri and Paris France.
And as an uncle to four nieces and nephews in St. Louis MO.

In lieu of flowers, if you wish to make a memorial donation to your favorite charity in Rich’s name, please do so. We’d love to hear about the causes you support
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Service Details

  • Service

    Monday, December 9th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Monday, December 9th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church
    Address
    1250 7th Street
    WINDSOR, CO 80550
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    A Catholic Rosary is at 10:30 A.M.
  • Interment

    Location
    Fort Logan National Cemetery
    Address
    4400 West Kenyon Avenue
    DENVER, CO 80236
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    Graveside Service 1:00 P.M. December 10, 2019

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Kay Steg

Posted at 10:35pm
Love you Grandpa. I loved how much you listened and cared about me and everyone. You were patient and kind and always strong and faithful. I loved the summer I spent with you learning to golf, going to the beach, grilling by the pool and sitting with you in the living room while you read the paper and Grandma was in the kitchen. I often describe you as someone who was faithful, a provider, served his country and his family, always cared and took time to make important things in life first- God, faith, family.... thank you for your leadership in your family and the legacy you left for all of us. I'm glad you are home and I know I will see you again one day. olleen
RJ

Robert Jellinick

Posted at 03:51pm
Rich Schaller, a Friend and a Mentor,
Rich and I met through the FBI….thankfully I was on the same side of the law as he was! Rich and my Dad worked together in the Buffalo, NY FBI office as Special Agents. My Dad took me along with him to luncheons sponsored by the FBI Agents Association. The conversations that ensued were fascinating to me as a “civilian” in a room full of “G-Men”. Impressive guys every one!
Dad introduced me to Rich and we hit it off. In fact, whenever I had the privilege to attend the FBI luncheons, I made it a point to sit between Rich & my Dad. Again, the conversations were both informative and fun, focusing on politics, world events, family stuff, small talk and golf. In my late twenties, I joined Merrill Lynch as a Financial Advisor. The conversations at the FBI luncheon often turned to Finance, the Economy and Investing. I was frequently asked to give a brief presentation on the Markets. Rich was an astute investor even way back then. My Dad on the other hand, was always looking for the “Big Hit” in Canadian Mining Stocks. Rich made the proper decisions and focused on quality and diversification. My Dad went in the opposite direction virtually “rolling the dice”. Rich and I became closer and closer as friends and we began to work together managing his portfolio.
So let’s move forward, Rich & I enjoyed Finance, Sports, talking about our Families and Skiing. In fact, in the winter months Rich & I would meet very early on Sunday mornings at Kissing Bridge Ski resort. First, we would attend Mass together at a little Chapel on the ski hill, then we would ski together. Great memories. Ironically, the skiing experience brings me back to the comparison of Rich’s investment style as opposed to my Dad’s. Rich stayed on track through a quality/diversified /prudent investment approach. He negotiated the twists and turns of the Market (as well as on the ski trails) and had a successful ride.
My Dad on the other hand, seldom took my advice. He chose a very aggressive/ speculative investment style that like skiing led only “Down Hill”! Lots of great memories, lots of gains and a few tax losses too!
It’s been a true pleasure to know and work with Rich & Jeanne. Everyone that had contact with them, was a better person for it. Please accept my condolences on the loss of such a fine man.
Sincere Best Regards to the entire Schaller Family
NM

Nancy Morgan

Posted at 02:24pm
Rich and Jeanne were such close friends. We( Dick and I) had such goods time together. We hated to see them move from Florida to Colorado but it was the best thing for them. My fondest memory of them both was when my husband was on a
ventilator in the hospital and was not expected to live the night. I called Rich and Jeanne to tell them and they came and picked
me up and we went to the hospital. All three of us held his hands and prayer for a least ten minutes. In 2 hours he was breathing
on his own and recovered. I know that Dick is happy to be laughing with them now in Heaven.
Nancy Morgan
Destin, FL
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Posted at 02:33pm
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Bob Jellinick, Steve Szymanski, and Phoebe Rodrigu

Posted at 11:59am
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