Richard “Dick” Schalow

Richard “Dick” Schalow

June 19, 1932 - March 14, 2022

Richard “Dick” Schalow

June 19, 1932 - March 14, 2022


Richard Merlin Schalow, of Mesa, Arizona was welcomed to heaven on March 14, 2022.

Dick was born June 19,1932 in Marshfield, Wisconsin to Merlin and Margie Schalow.  Life on a farm taught him, his four brothers and sister the life lessons of hard work and discipline.  His service to his country as a proud Marine during the Korean conflict inspired him to live what he was taught—to be Always Faithful.  Dick married Jeanette Leatherman in February of 1955.  Soon after sons, Tom, Steve, Larry, and Greg arrived as the young family settled in Monona.  Dick was a barber, whose barber shop became a decades-old fixture located opposite the high school.  Retiring in 1994, Dick and Jeanette traveled the country and the world to visit their sons and their families.  Trips and extended stays in Singapore, Japan, Hawaii, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Arizona filled their active and much-anticipated retirement years.  Ultimately, they chose Mesa as their final home.

Dick’s life and memory will be cherished and honored by his wife Jeanette, sons Tom (Isabelle), Larry (Melinda), and Greg (Jo).  Dick and Jeanette’s dear son Steve predeceases them, along with beloved daughters-in-law Tammie, Anne, Dick’s parents, and his brother Russell.  Grandchildren Ian (Vicky), Trevor (Danielle), Ryan (Sarah), Emily, Michael, Stephanie, Grace, and Sam remain with a lifetime of memories and stories of their grandpa.  Great-grandchildren Chad, Maddex, Amelia, Adie, Lillian, and Layna also knew and loved Big Grandpa.  Dick is further loved and survived by brothers Jerry, Ken (Bonnie), Jim (Jane) and sister Shirley and their families.  Numerous other family members, some joining the family recently and others from long ago, will also remember Dick fondly.

Dick was a humble, contented, generous and grateful man who enjoyed the finer things in life—taking daily, long walks with his wife, spending time with his family near and far, relaxing on the porch, and watching ballgames on television. He lived a life of loving service to his savior Jesus Christ, his family, and his country.  Always faithful, he has finally been welcomed by Jesus to his eternal home in heaven with the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

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5 responses to Richard “Dick” Schalow

  1. Judy Fowler says:

    To Jan,
    I am saddened to learn that you have lost your beloved spouse. His obituary mentions your travels over the years since you left the bank, where, now many years ago, we worked together. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting Dick, I know he was a respected, upstanding citizen, a perfect partner for you. May his love continue to comfort your heart.

    1. Dear Jan
      Sorry for your loss. Have thought of the two of you often after you moved to AZ many years ago. Lee passed away 4 years ago. Have lost many friends these past years. My warmest sympathy to and family. I know your your strong faith will be your best friend in the days and weeks ahead. I hold you in my thoughts.

      Sincerely, Your Gordon Ave. Friend Janice Johnson

  2. Jeannette and sons, we are so sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. He was a wonderful guy and you were great friends to Mom & Tiny who both passed away in 2018. I remember both of your kindness, gentleness, and humility as you served at Buckeye. Thank you for your example of servanthood. May God bless you and your memories of Dick.

    Sharla & Marsha Miller

  3. Terry Rieck says:

    Dear Jeanette,
    Kathy and I were deeply saddened to hear of Dicks passing. We enjoyed your friendship here in Madison. The Marine Corps flew Dick and I to San Diego to observe recruits from Wisconsin going through “boot camp” and ended our tour out there by having tea with the Commanding General. What an unforgettable experience! Once a Marine always a Marine.
    May God Bless You and Keep You and your family…
    Love always,
    Terry and Kathy Rieck

  4. Pete Furrer says:

    I remember I got a hold of some scissors around age 6 and gave myself what I thought was a very good haircut. My mom disagreed. After that all my haircuts in my childhood were at Dick’s barbershop until he retired. Still can picture the barbershop pole outside the house right off Monona Drive.

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