Richard J. (Ric) Schmieder

Richard J. (Ric) Schmieder, age 69, a Whitelaw resident, passed away on Sunday August 22, 2021 at home with his family by his side after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born on April 29, 1952 in Manitowoc, son of the late Lawrence and Catherine (O’Leary) Schmieder.  Ric graduated from Reedsville High School, with the class of 1970.  On May 4, 1973 he married Darlene Boeder at Zion Lutheran Church, Wayside.  Ric was employed with Brillion Iron Works for 44 years.  He always seemed to have a second job to keep him busy.  Ric enjoyed his yardwork and gardening.  He was an avid Green Bay Packers fan, loved his Sirius XM 60’s channel, and was proud of his car collection.  Ric’s greatest joy was spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Darlene, Whitelaw; two sons and one daughter-in-law: Jesse Schmieder, Manitowoc, Kris and Ellan Schmieder, Manitowoc, four grandchildren: Keegan Schmieder, Keirdra Brunette, EJ Schmieder, Ryder Schmieder, two brothers-in-law; Roger  (Carol) Boeder, Mel (Sue) Loppnow, one special cousin; Harry (Sandee) O’Connell, one fur baby; April.  Nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends also survive.

Ric was also preceded in death by one sister; Susan Schmieder, two infant sisters, father-in-law and mother-in-law; Ray and Erna (Schwahn) Boeder, one sister-in-law; Carol Loppnow.

The family will greet relatives and friends from 12:00 PM until 1:45 PM on Friday August 27, 2021 at First Lutheran Church, Manitowoc.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday August 27, 2021 at First Lutheran Church, Manitowoc.  Officiating at the service will be Pastor Rachel Hacker.  Entombment will be at Knollwood Mausoleum at a later date.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family by visiting

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the doctors and many nurses at the Bellin Cancer Team, Dr. Mortara and Patti Marquardt.  Also all the nurses at the Bellin Infusion Room, he always enjoyed talking to Katie.  Last but not least, Tammy from the Aseracare Hospice Team.  She was an angel dressed as a nurse.

The Lendman Funeral Home & Gathering Center, Manitowoc is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.


  1. Angela (Fruzen) Hall

    I remember Ric’s smile and laugh, but most of all how welcoming he was to everyone around him. A true gentleman. Xoxo

  2. Ellen Dietrich

    Darlene, so sorry to hear of your loss. My sympathy to you and your family.

  3. David Hardy

    Such a great man who I had the pleasure of knowing and being friends with for many years! You will ve sorely missed!

  4. Judy & Mel Mangin

    Sincere sympathies to you, Darlene, and Jesse, Chris and families. Ric was always a fun guy. Thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  5. Jessica Gierach

    I am so sorry for your loss. I know my mom and Dad (Kurt Myers) were great friends. I wish I could be there for you on this day. But I know my dad is.

  6. MICHAEL PALM and Kathy

    Darlene and family, so sorry for you lost. Prayers and love sent to you all

  7. barbara and steve schaeuble

    deepest sympathy to the entire family- We both had the pleasure of working with Ric at the Brillion Iron works for many years. He was always a pleasure to have around. Rest in peace Ric.

  8. Theresa Worachek

    My heart goes out to Darlene and all the. Schmieder family. My He rest in peace Theresa Worachek

  9. Charles Swoboda

    My deepest sympathy goes out to you, Darleen and your family for your loss. May the good Lord grant you and your family strength throughout your ordeal!

  10. Paul Strohfeldt

    I am sorry that Rick lost his fight with cancer.
    To young to pass into a new life. He had done so much for me. I will miss him.
    If you are in need of any help with cutting lawn or landscaping I can do this for you.

  11. Sue (Kostechka) Lavassor

    Darlene, and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Memories of all the good times will carry you through. Hugs

  12. Dennis & Jean (Krueger) Kiekhaefer

    Darlene & Family, So sorry to hear about Rick’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Dennis & Jean Kiekhaefer

  13. Dennis & Jean Kiekhaefer

    Darlene & Family,
    So sorry to hear about Rick’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Dennis & Jean Kiekhaefer


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