Richard W. Schillhammer – Burlington

Richard William Schillhammer, 99, died Nov. 24, 2013, at home, surrounded by family. Dick was born in Jericho on Aug. 8, 1914, the youngest child and only son of William and Matilda (Maier) Schillhammer. He grew up on the family farm until his mother was forced to sell it after his father’s sudden death in 1923. When she went to work at Mount St. Mary’s, he lived in Burlington with his sister, Helen, attending BHS for two years before moving back to Jericho to live with his sister, Bertha, graduating from Underhill High School in 1931. He graduated from Burlington Business College and began work at the Free Press Printing Company in 1934. He married his high school sweetheart, Irene Royce, of Underhill, on May 23, 1937. In 1951, after the Free Press Printing division closed, he and several coworkers founded Queen City Printers Inc. Dick was President and Treasurer of the corporation and soon acquired full interest in the business and ran it along with his sons, John and Alan, until his retirement in 1980. Even after retirement, he maintained an active interest in the business and enjoyed any opportunity to come in and help out at the office, which he did into his mid-90’s. During his business career, he was active in the community, serving on numerous boards including Medical Center Hospital of Vermont (FAHC) Associates, the Salvation Army Advisory Board, and the Greater Burlington YMCA, of which he was a past president. Dick was also a former trustee and supporter of Champlain College (formerly Burlington Business College), and a 65 year member of the First Congregational Church of Burlington. Dick was a 68-year member of the Grand Lodge of Vermont, a Shriner, and a member of the Burlington Country Club for over 60 years, where he enjoyed golf on Saturday and Tuesday Twilight League. He was a 50-year member of the Ethan Allen Club and an avid cribbage player and bowler at the club; he participated in both leagues until the club closed in 2010. He was a tough competitor on the bowling lanes with his slow-rolling hook, rolling a 238 at age 93. He also enjoyed hunting and always looked forward to deer season and the opportunity to spend time with family and friends at deer camp. Dick especially enjoyed time spent at the family home in Starksboro, whether it was Monday night poker, Sunday’s by the pool or pulling the kids on their sleds with his snowmobile. It was a special place for him. Among others, Dick is survived by his son, Alan Schillhammer and wife, Chris, of Shelburne. The family wishes to thank VNA Hospice of Chittenden County, Home Instead Senior Care, and most especially Allenwood at Pillsbury Manor, whose staff cared for Dick as if he was a member of their own family. Visiting hours will be on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, from 2 to 5 pm at the Corbin and Palmer Funeral Chapel, 209 Falls Road, Shelburne. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, at 11 am at The First Congregational Church of Burlington, 38 South Winooski Ave. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in his memory to Champlain College Support-A-Student program, PO Box 670, Burlington, VT 05402; or Camp Abnaki, 266 College St., Burlington, VT 05401.

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