Mass of Christian Burial: Will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. at the St. John’s Catholic Church in Greenfield with burial in the Greenfield Cemetery where a graveside service will be conducted by the Sons of the American Legion and the American Legion Post 265. A luncheon will be held at the church following the committal services at the cemetery. Father James Ahenkora will officiate the service.
Open Visitation: Will be held on Saturday, February 25th, at the Steen Funeral Home in Greenfield from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Family Visitation: The family will greet friends on Saturday evening from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Steen Funeral Home in Greenfield.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Iowa Aviation Museum.
Richard Lee Schildberg was born on May 31, 1949 in Creston, Iowa and died on February 22, 2017 at the age of 67 at the Thomas Rest Haven Nursing Home in Coon Rapids, Iowa.
Richard was born the second of seven children to John Ellsworth Franklin Schildberg and Yvonne Marie (Vandewater) Schildberg of Greenfield. Ricky, as most people called him, beat the odds and lived 55 years longer than doctors said he would. After attending School in Greenfield, he drove a pit truck for Schildberg Construction Company for several years and then lived and worked in Des Moines. In mid-1970’s he moved to Handicap Village at Clear Lake. After a few years in Clear Lake, he moved to the newly opened New Hope Village in Carroll, Iowa, where he would spend nearly 40 years living and working. After coming down with pneumonia, he spent over five weeks in the hospital and then transferred to the nursing home in Coon Rapids.
Rick enjoyed his many trips home to be with family. He loved driving his car and when he could no longer drive, he loved, to just sit in it and listen to music. He also loved to bowl, play golf and most of all smoke cigarettes. He was a Boy Scout and was a proud charter member of the Sons of the American Legion Unit 265 in Greenfield.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his youngest sister Cynthia Lea (Schildberg) Tauer and his nephew Michael Huntington Schildberg.
He is survived by siblings John E.F. Schildberg III (Cindy) of Greenfield, Theresa Anne Estell (Curt) of Council Bluffs, Gregory Michael Schildberg (Kris) of Casey, William Edward Schildberg (Vicki) of Greenfield, Madonna Marie Weidman (Bob) of Council Bluffs and brother in law Scott Tauer of Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, foster sister Mary Johnson of Altoona. Many nieces and nephews and cousins.