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Richard "Dick" Henry Schnitker

Dick’s life began on January 27, 1937, the son of Edmund and Thekla (Storck) Schnitker in Hoyleton, Illinois. He graduated from Concordia High School Class of 1954 and continued his education to receive his Bachelor’s Degree in Music and Education from Concordia University in 1958. He married Betty Jean Weber on June 15, 1958, in Amherst, Colorado. Dick was a music and elementary school teacher and later worked in sales and management.

Dick and Betty worked where the work took them from Evansville, Indiana, Saginaw, Michigan, Hutchinson, Kansas, Denver and Colorado Springs, Colorado, Farmington and Grants New Mexico, Frisco, Texas, and Wichita, Kansas. Wherever they lived Dick was involved with the church as an organist or choir director, church boards and a Bible study teacher. He was also involved in Civitan, Lions and, several civic organizations.

His loving family includes his wife of almost 62 years, Betty of the home; son, Terry Schnitker of Augusta, Kansas, granddaughters, Makenzi and Mariah Schnitker of Augusta; a brother and his wife, Rollen and Gerri Schnitker, and a sister-in-law, Margaret “Ann” Schnitker all of Hoyleton, Illinois; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Michael (May 5, 2020) and his brother, Donald Schnitker. Dick passed away peacefully on Monday, June 1, 2020, at the age of 83 years old. He is now breathing easily as he is playing and singing joyfully to his Lord and Savior.

Memorial service Saturday, August 1, 2020, at 11 a.m. at Central Christian Church, 2900 North Rock Road, Wichita, KS. Mask and Social Distancing will be required.  Memorial contributions in Dick’s name may be directed to His Helping Hands in care of Yazel-Megli Funeral Home, 902 E. D Street, Hillsboro, Kansas 67063. Please sign his online guest book and leave a memory of Dick at www.ymzfh.com


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Our heartfelt prayers to his family. He was very kind and understanding to me when my father died. May God give your family peace for your losses this year.
Jane Miller- Hutchinson, Ks
Diann Sewell (Miller) Ft. Myers, Fl
Debby Wiseman (Miller) Chicago, Il

Debby Jul 13 2020 12:00 AM

To a very special brother-in-law. You have been a true blessing in my life and someone I have so admired and loved. God blessed you with many talents! I have always enjoyed your sitting down at the organ or piano bench and playing anything that someone wanted you to play. I will never know how you could play Three Blind Mice as a prelude! You had a very special talent and I so admired you for that! We have had so many wonderful times together that will always be near and dear to me. The most special moment was when we surprised you on your 83rd Birthday! That was such a wonderful and precious memory. I know you are with our Lord and Savior, which you were so looking forward to! You will be missed so very much. God be with you until we meet again. Love, Elaine Pugh

Elaine Pugh Jun 11 2020 12:00 AM

Dick will be missed, he was always smiling and those eyes would sparkle with mischief. You would not guess there was anything wrong with him, the Lord held him up and keep him going till the very end.. Bet he is very busy in heaven right now...

Jo Ann Baugh Jun 7 2020 12:00 AM

I enjoyed our Music for the Encouragers Sunday School class when Dick opened our class with his music talent,I am sure he has already joined the choir in heaven.

Nancy Ford Jun 6 2020 12:00 AM

Dick and Betty Schnitker sat behind my wife and I (Linda and Garrett Scott) almost every week at Central Christian Church in Wichita, Kansas for the last several years. Even though that was the extent of our knowledge of each other. We did come to know bith Dick and Betty as fine christian people. I sang in the choir, and Dick always was quick to compliment our music for the day. He really enjoyed it. I'll miss his smile, and his encouragement of our music.

Garrett Scott Jun 4 2020 12:00 AM