Richard Carl Schutte
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Dick Schutte of Bloomington IN passed away on January 10, 2021. Born to Gard and Minnie Schutte on August 3, 1934 in Erie, PA. Dick and his younger brother David grew up playing and sailing around the Erie Peninsula. He attended and graduated from Strong Vincent High School in Erie.
After high school he attended and graduated from Penn State University where he studied business, played Lacrosse, wrestled and was on the swimming team. He's a member of the Penn State Alumni Association.
After graduating Dick served for 3 years in the army as an officer and was stationed during non-war time in Korea. During his service time, he developed a love for the people and the culture of the Far East. After his time in the service, he continued to travel overseas and built a career as an importer, which gave him the ability to travel back to the Far East often. He returned to PA where is received his MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. He married Dorothy DeMay Schutte from Pittsburgh and they moved to Long Island, eventually settling down in Manhasset, NY.
In Manhasset, he began his years of public service. He was a dedicated member of the Congregational Church of Manhasset singing in the choir and preforming in the handbell choir. He served on the Flower Hill board, he was chairman of the Drug and Alcohol Committee of Manhasset and was instrumental in increasing the drinking age to 21 in the state of NY. He was a member of Manhasset Bay Yacht Club.
In the early 90's he retired from the importing business, and married Carol Romaine Schutte of Manhasset and together they moved to Lake Tahoe, NV. In Lake Tahoe, Dick served as a host for Mount Rose and Diamond Peak ski resorts and founded and organized the Tahoe Singers who traveled to local ski resorts to sing Christmas carols during the holidays. In Nevada, he served on the Montessori School Board and was co-founder of a non-profit school for high learning underprivileged early elementary students.
In 2010 he moved to Bloomington to be closer to his daughter and grandsons. An avid bridge player and life master, upon arriving in Bloomington, Dick joined every bridge group he could find and eventually began teaching duplicate bridge. He was a resident at Meadowood for 5 years and during his time there revitalized and directed the Meadowood choir. In 2015 he moved to Bell Trace and continued to sing in the Meadowood choir.
Dick was a dedicated fan and supporter of the Indiana University wrestling team, the women's basketball team and most important to him was the IU Bloomington women's volleyball team. He is pictured above with Cream and Crimson legacy setter Megan Tallman in 2017. He never missed a game.
Dick is survived by his 2 daughters and son-in law, Jennifer Stone of Freedom IN, and Allison Schutte and Christopher Gould of San Rafael, CA. His brother David Schutte in Burlington, WA is miraculously passing at the same time. He was a mentor for his niece and nephew, Katrina and Karl Schutte, his stepson Robert Romaine, his 5 grandchildren, Gard, Dakota, David, Eliza and Turner and their friends. Dick, with his incredible dedication, innate work ethic, finance and business skills, knowledge of almost anything, caring personality, and strong heart will truly be missed by all those who knew him.
He wanted to die when the market was high and his wish came true.
A celebration of life ceremony will be scheduled at a time when friends can gather again.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Dick's name may be made to the Women's Volleyball Program Fund (I320001277), c/o IU Foundation, P.O. Box 6460, Indianapolis, IN 46206-6460.
Messages of condolence may be expressed at IndianaGreenBurials.com.
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