Richard Raymond Scheelk Sr.
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Richard R. Scheelk, Sr.

Richard Raymond Scheelk Sr., long-time resident of Villa Park, celebrated his 76th birthday on March 7, 2020 with many friends and family. Rich passed away on August 4, 2020 following a valiant fight with cancer. Rich was the loving husband of Kathy (Lewis), father to Sean (Cindy Haller), Shannon (Aric Schmidt), Rick, Taylor and Richie, and adored grandfather of Christopher, dear brother of William (late wife Pat), departed siblings Michael and Kathleen "Boots" (Gene Pokryfke). Rich was a much-loved brother-in-law to Christie Chestnut, JoAnn and Bill Lewis, and Gail and John Hallman. Rich was preceded in death by his mother, Katherine (Wiedemann) and father, William.

Rich worked many years for Villa Park Disposal/Waste Management. Following Rich's retirement, he was very involved with the PTA, sports, church and school activities of Christopher, Taylor, and Richie, and was well known and loved by all. Rich was always ready to join in a card game and was a very lucky player. Rich was an active member of the First Church of Lombard. A memorial for Rich will take place at a later date.

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Published in Suburban Life Publications on Aug. 21, 2020.
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September 14, 2020
It became so very clear in the last several months what a kind and gentle man you were and the important impact you had on so many that surrounded you. We'll miss you at the auction at First Church, but your legacy lives on through so many!
God's Peace!
Dan Jares
September 9, 2020
Uncle Rich! The life of the party! I miss you so much. You taught me a lot about fixing brakes and fixing life! Over the recent past you helped me understand what is important in life and how to preserve it. I guess when death is staring you straight in the face you see things differently. Thank you for sharing your lesson with me so I have an opportunity to live what you taught me. I love you.
Curt Kiebles
September 7, 2020
Rich was so much more than my brother-in-law. He took care of my sister and made her laugh. He made me welcome in his home and gave the best hugs when I needed them most. He had a great relationship with my mom and joked with her, loved her and opened their home to her the last years of her life. I loved to shop with Rich, have lunch at Panara, make trips to the casino and bake him pound cake after pound cake and laugh with him. We never went anywhere that he didn't run into friends. He'd be sure to turn a light on in "my" bedroom so I did not have to walk to the back of the house in the dark. I will always picture him in his Hump Day shirt, laughing at the kitchen table where he nearly always won Every card game. Going home to Chicago will never be the same. Rich, give my mom and dad some of your wonderful hugs from me, but save one for me when we laugh and share memories once more. You are loved and will be missed more than you could ever imagine. ❤
Christie Lewis Chestnut
September 6, 2020
We will miss Rich, he was such a kind and generous man. Always had a smile on his face and always willing to help out. You will truly be missed by our family and so many others.
The Castillo’s
September 6, 2020
Dad, you've been a big part of my life and so many others. You always knew what to say even if it was bad. You were a big kid and it showed every time we went out in public. You were my biggest cheerleader and supporter at wrestling meets and other school activities that you would attend. You were a hard worker and it showed tremendously. You would always get us stuff if we needed it and always figured out a way to hide it from mom also. We will miss you tremendously, Ill keep the tradition of our name going. Love you RRS III
Richie Scheelk
September 5, 2020
The "Rowdy Bunch" on the Riverboat Twilight Mississippi Cruise in 1989.
Taffy (Stephanie) Ostrowski
September 5, 2020
Rich was one of the kindest, most generous friends I have ever known. When I was a single, struggling parent back in 1980, Rich helped me replace the leaking radiator in my 1972 Nova. He let me think I did it myself, but I didn't have a clue about working on cars . . .
When my daughter, Lisa, got married in 1995, Rich volunteered to take videos at home before the service. He can be heard saying over and over in the video, "You couldn't ask for a beautiful day!" in his way of inventing phrases.
He liked to shop at "Donamicks."
He was so lucky at card games.
He was the best driver! We would arrive at our Valentine's parties safe and sound with Rich as our driver (even though the passengers might have had cocktails in route.) He was always so much fun!
Rich made our group become know as "The Rowdy Bunch" on our Mississippi Cruise. So many happy memories . . .
There's no replacement for Rich, and we will miss him terribly. Rich's memories will stay with us and make us smile.
Taffy (Stephanie) Ostrowski
September 5, 2020
I loved Richard! He was my brother-in law and dear friend! He was the definition of kind. He was my go to guy! Loved me his family and so many others unconditionally.
He was so generous, loved to help others and loved life!
A role model to us all. The world is a better place because of you Rich! You will be so missed, but your legacy will go on. Rest In Peace.
Gail Hallman
September 2, 2020
We will all miss Uncle Richard! I have many childhood memories with him. He always enjoyed joking around with me and I loved it too. He was a person you could always count on to be there..especially when you needed rides to the airport. He was such a wonderful father, grandfather, husband to my Aunt Kathy and of course uncle. I will always remember how much he loved his family!
September 2, 2020
We will miss Richard’s sweet and sensitive ways. He was a strong and determined man and endured many physical hardships but always with a smile on his face and a caring concern for those around him. He was brave, had a lot of courage, and loved his family. We will miss you Rich. Love Darlene & Chuck
Darlene Threewitt
September 2, 2020
My dear Uncle Rich always had a notable presence no matter where he went! I love his infectious laugh and genuine, strait-forward approach to anything! He was truly a good man and I am better for having had him in my life! I love you, Unc!
Mark Kiebles
September 2, 2020
Rich was a wonderful man who gave his kids the world. He was someone that everyone could call Grandpa, including me. Rich never failed to make everyone giggle at the little things in life, which isn't common. His spirit alway lit up the room, and everyone felt it too. I remember all of Richie's wrestling meets he and I went to and watching that man looking at his son wrestle was something I never got tired of. He will always be in our hearts and minds giving us hope and happiness.
Emily Hansel
September 1, 2020
Uncle Rich...what can I say? Where do I start? There are a million stories I could tell. Although, anyone who knows Uncle Rich knows most of them cannot be posted here.

One story I can tell, although I’m not sure anyone will find it terribly interesting, may not seem significant, but I’ve never forgotten it & thought about it often over the years. I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned this to anyone before.

I believe it was the summer of 1979. The night was wrapping up after a successful Kiebles party. I don’t recall the occasion, but my mother rarely needed one. Most of the guests had left...except for the hardcore partiers. A few adults and several of the kids were sitting in the basement listening to music. Uncle Rich was always interesting to the kids because he was pretty cool. I remember him discussing a couple of new albums that had just been released. The first was Led Zeppelin’s In Through the Out Door. He loved it. We all listened as he talked about the band & this particular collection of songs. Due to the influence of Uncle Rich, Led Zeppelin is my favorite band & In Through the Out Door is my favorite album.

Uncle Rich was definitely into hard rock, but he was hip enough to recognize the talents of an up & coming new wave band called The Cars. He talked about their new release, Candy-O. I have always been a fan of The Cars from that day forward.

I have no idea why that memory has stuck with me all these years, but it is one of my most cherished Uncle Rich memories. To know him was to love him. We love you and miss you, Uncle Rich!
Matt Kiebles
September 1, 2020
Rich , you were such a giving and caring person the whole world is less without you.
Sue Wojtas
September 1, 2020
Uncle Richard was above and beyond a great Uncle. He was a chauffeur, bank manager, shopping buddy, comedian, Pound Cake Test Taster, and so much more. Uncle Richard you were loved before, loved now and will continue to be loved beyond today. I love you
Tracy Moore
August 31, 2020
Uncle Rich you mean so much to me and our family. You were a shining light that brightened the room and you were always the life of the party. I always looked forward and will treasure the memories of our one on one time going at Sam’s club to shop and have lunch together. I loved spending time with you and Aunt Kathy up at the campground, the joy you brought us all is more than words can describe. We will cherish all the memories. I miss you so much! When I need to see you I will look to the rainbows and cardinals and watch your birthday video where you are singing and dancing. I love you sooo much!!
Dina Kiebles
August 31, 2020
Richard was not , but he was family. There isn’t a memory that I have of him that I wasn’t laughing. He was a great husband, father, grandfather and he was always great to me. Gave me some great advise at times when I needed it. Uncle Richard? I will miss you. You definitely made a big impact in my life.

PS I would post a pic but my mom has them all.

Love you!
August 30, 2020
I will miss my husband of 41 years. What a journey it has been. So many good times with old friends and making new friends while raising our family. Rich was a Lucky man. We had great supportive Family. Friends and Church Family. We were truly blessed. Look forward to being together again but until then I have a life time of Memories. Which I am so Thankful for. Will Love Forever
Kathy Scheelk
August 29, 2020
Rich was a special man! So kind to all. He holds a special place in our hearts and will be missed by so many - especially his princess.
The Hansels.
August 22, 2020
My father was a Amazing man full of life. A wonderful husband to my mom and patient father to all us kids. He touched so many lives and he will forever live on in all of us. Your home now.
My Hero, My Father. I❤U Forever.
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