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A Celebration of Life for Dickie Lee Schlatter, 83, of Washington, formerly of Wayland and Kalona, will be held Monday, March 2, 2020, at 11:00 AM at Wayland Mennonite Church in Wayland with Pastor Andrew Zuehlke officiating. The family will greet friends from 2 – 6PM Sunday, March 1, at the Peterseim Funeral Home in Kalona. His body has been cremated and burial will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established for the Shriner’s Memorial Hospital and Hospice of Washington County. Dick Schlatter died Thursday, February 27, 2020, at the United Presbyterian Home in Washington.
Dickie Lee Schlatter was born September 17, 1936 in Henry County, Iowa, the son of Millard H. and Leola L. (Christner) Schlatter. He graduated from Wayland Consolidated School. As a youngster, Dick mowed yards in town, carried newspapers, and helped his many aunts, uncles, and friends with chores. At the age of 12 he began learning the auto mechanic business with his father. He took over management of the business (Schlatter Garage) in 1970, ownership in 1994, and retired July 1, 2000. On October 7, 1956, he was united in marriage to Mary Bowser at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. Mary assisted Dick with various duties at the garage over the years, including bookkeeping and pumping gas. Sons Tim and Steve, as well as grandsons Chad, Josh, and Matt Manning, worked in the business with Dick and Millard, and daughters Tami and Dixie assisted with cleaning. Dick was an avid fan of Wayland and WACO sports, and ran football down-marker for many years, and drove varsity basketball and football players’ bus for more than 40 years while he followed his children’s and grandchildren’s many sports endeavors. He was a die-hard Iowa Hawkeye and St. Louis Cardinal fan. His love of sports has taken him to many major stadiums around the country with family and friends.
Dick was a member of the Wayland Fire/Rescue for 44 years, where he was Captain for five years and Chief for 19 years. He was a member of the Iowa Fire Chiefs Association and International Association of Chiefs and was named Firefighter of the Year in 2001. Dick was instrumental in establishing EMS in Wayland in 1979, served as a Wayland City Council member for 12 years, served as mayor pro-tem for six years, serving one year as mayor. During his time with the city council, he was instrumental in completing water tower and city sewer projects. Dick also helped establish Henry County Emergency Management Committee where he was a member for 28 years, serving as chairman for 20 years. He helped establish the 911 committee or Henry, Washington, and Jefferson counties and was a member until 2002. Dick received the first LeRoy Meyer Award for outstanding volunteerism contributions toward economic development in the Wayland community and received the Governor’s Volunteerism Award in 1992.
In 2002 Dick and Mary moved to Kalona to be close to church and Mary’s work and he served as an elder in the Living Word Fellowship at Shiloh, where in earlier years he was instrumental in the establishing of, overseeing, and planning of building projects. He was a member of the Kalona 1st Responders from 2002 – 2019 and was a Mid-Prairie school bus driver from 2002 until retirement in 2013. Dick was awarded the 50 years of Fire & EMS service by Washington County Ambulance Service, 60 years in firefighter and EMS service by Kalona 1st Responders, honored as a 50 year Mason at Wayland Masonic Lodge in 2008 and was honored to be the Grand Marshall for the Wayland Independence Day Parade in 2010. Dick and Mary enjoyed traveling, especially visiting family and friends. They toured nine countries in Europe, and visited Mexico, Hawaii, Canada, and a majority of states in the U.S., most recently touring Washington D.C. with son Steve and family.
Survivors include his wife Mary of Washington, IA; three children: Tamara (James) Heckendorn of Huber Heights, OH., Dixie (Richard) Young of Washington, IA., Stephen (Ronette) Schlatter of Story City, IA; daughter-in-law Jeane Schlatter (Nick Gearhart) of Richmond, IA; nine grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and five step-great-grandchildren.
Preceding Dick in death were his parents, son Timothy Schlatter; and sisters Shirley Schlatter and Dianne Bowser.
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Was an amazing man! Blessings to all his family.
Ciana Carr Mar 2 2020 12:00 AM
Dick was one of the men I have most respected in my life. His honesty and good heart will always be remembered. I especially valued the support from both Dick and Mary as I went through breast cancer. Their comment of "I only see life for you" will always be remembered, and that was after Tim's passing. I'm sure he has been welcomed with open arms by Christ and our Heavenly Father. Many blessings to the family at this time. Love from Jeff also.
Deb Mansfield Feb 29 2020 12:00 AM
Sending lots of love and prayers to everyone, we are with you in spirt. Dick was very nice to everyone. May The Lord wrap his loving arms around you all. lots of love.Tom & Peg Redlinger
Tom&Peg Redlinger Feb 28 2020 12:00 AM
Growing up and spending time in the Garage with Uncle Dick Will always be special. Mary and Dick helped raise me as a nephew. Gods speed Dick to your heavenly home with our maker you knew. He will say well done and welcome home.
Terry Renoux Feb 28 2020 12:00 AM
Our prayers and love to Mary, Tammy, Dixie, Steve and their families with Dick's passing. He was a friend and neighbor to our family through many years of living side by side in east Wayland. Nancy Schlatter Brenneman and the rest of my family
Nancy Brenneman Feb 27 2020 12:00 AM
Dick was always a pleasure, and his story holds many accomplishments. His most important accomplishment was being a man of grace and honor.
Sharon Christner Feb 27 2020 12:00 AM
He was a amazing man I went to church with him and hes wife I am going to miss him
Danielle Gingerich Feb 27 2020 12:00 AM
One of the kindest honorable man I've known. He will be missed.
Linda Stout O'Connor Feb 27 2020 12:00 AM
A candle was lit in memory of Dickie Schlatter
ruth (Earnest) Heck Feb 27 2020 12:00 AM
He was always so positive and encouraging. I lost track of him in recent years, but will never forget his honesty and hunger for God. Eva Stevens Bickhart
Eva Bickhart Feb 27 2020 12:00 AM