September 16, 1942-July 23, 2022
Dick passed away on the evening of July 23, 2022. Dick was the oldest of three boys born to Joseph & May Schott. He was born and raised in Laramie. He called Laramie home his whole life minus a short time in Foxpark. In 1967, he married Margo Swearingen and they raised three children, Ronda, Bill and Kim.
In his young life he would help with different ranches around the Laramie Valley for haying season. Once out of high school he worked at Brandt Logging in Foxpark, the Highway Department as a Plow driver. When he left the highway department he went to work for the City of Laramie, he started in the street and water departments, ending his 36-year career at the Landfill. He would also help at the Fairgrounds where his brother Ed managed the grounds. He loved retirement but need something more, so he decided he would drive school bus here in Laramie. His route would take him to Rock River for 7 years. He enjoyed all the kids, families and staff members that he got to know.
Dick’s pastime was wood working. He would spend hours in the garage that had all the tools a woodworker could ask for. He made log beds for kids, pictures for others and fixed things for people who would ask. He would spend all day hanging out in the garage for people to just stop by and visit. One of the projects he loved most, was when he finished building an old steam engine out of wood and to watch his great grandson sit on it and play with the train horn. Dick never knew a stranger and if you needed to know something about Laramie, he would know the answer.
Family was important to him, no matter if it was the little things or the big things, every one of them was important. He would just call to see what was new.
Dick’s health took a turn for the worse a little over a year ago. His health wasn’t what it should be so he moved into the Laramie Care Center. He really enjoyed all of the staff that took care of him. He told his daughter, that they are good people, they have treated me well and they will be sad. They put a smile on his face everyday as he did theirs. The family would like to thank everyone of the staff members at Laramie Care Center for all their support and care that they provided to him.
Dick is proceeded in death by his wife Margo, grandson Matthew Kinsel, his parents and his younger brother Ed. He leaves behind his brother Mike (Lillian) Schott, his children, Ronda (Jerry) Jackson, Bill (Jana) Schott and Kim (Larry) Hysong, his grandchildren Faith Ann Tupper, Justin Schott, Paul Clark, Rebecca (Andrew) Harris, Shelby (Kyle) Carlson & Craig Jackson, his great-grandchildren Sara Schott, Dylan Harris and Brooklyn Harris and many other family members.
Graveside services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, July 29, 2022 at Greenhill Cemetery.
I am so sorry for your loss. I was a staff member at LCC and Dick's room was always one of my favorites. He laughed easily and was quick to retort every joke. I would make sure to take a moment out of my day to sit and listen to his stories and boy did he have a lot of good ones. He could always tell when I'd had a rough day and would be determined to cheer me up. I thoroughly enjoyed caring for him. I am very sad to hear he has passed and my condolences go out to all friends and family.
Dick was a good friend and neighbor. Visited with Dick a lot while he was working in his garage. Man of all traits!!
Thank you. He loved when you all stopped by. Ronda
Kim and Larry, So sorry for your loss……sounds like your dad was a wonderful man. Would have loved to get to know him. Our love and prayers are with you during your time of grief!! Love, DJ and Laura Mercado. Fairways
Dear Ronda, Bill, Kim, I am very sorry that Uncle Dumpy is gone from here. What a wonderful fellow he always was and still is….he just lives in a better place now. May God be with you all. Love Aunt Ellen
Thank you. Love Ronda
My heart to you Kim and family. Both your parents meant so much to me and my family. Loves to you. Rennie
Ronda, Bill, Kim, my heart sank when I heard the news of your dad. He was such a great mentor and great person to chat with. Many hugs and prayers from the Shingleton's.
I'm so sorry! My heart goes to all of you. We love you all!
We send our deepest condolences. Your dad was an amazing man and we know how much he will be miss by all. Love you all.
Thank you my Beautiful Friend
So sorry for your loss Kim and family. Prayers for peace and comfort in the difficult time. Love, Shannon Payne and family
Ronda and family, so sorry that we must share this sad journey of grief together-but glad we can support one another through it. I’m so sorry for your loss. Love you and will be praying for you. Love to you, Debbie Fisher.
Debbie, I am sorry we have to do this at the same time. My prayers are with you and your family. Heaven is sure getting some good ole boys. Hugs to you my friend. Ronda
Ronda and Family, we want to express our condolences for the loss of your Dad. He was quite the man. He is with your Mom and they are having a good time! Remember all the good times. Hugs, Becky and Chris Riley
Thank you Becky and Chris.
Dick & Margo were some of the first people Steve introduced me to when we first married 52 years ago. They were so welcoming & I even had the honor of babysitting Ronda, Bill & Kim when they were small. Dick always had a smile & a story. He loved his family dearly & was always there for them as well as his friends. He’s with his loved ones in Heaven now but will always be missed on earth. He was a great man. Sending his family my deepest sympathy & love.
Oh, the story you could tell us. Hugs my friend. Ronda
Ronda, Bill and Kim.....we are so sorry to hear about you Dad. Know that we care and you are all in our thoughts and prayers. May God give you comfort and remember the happy times. Love you Bev Kagel and Family
Thank you Ma Kagel!!