Richard (Dick) Schmautz, ‘Papa Dick’ passed away in Spokane, Wash., on Oct. 11, 2016, at the age of 83, surrounded by his family after a brief battle with brain cancer.
Dick was born in 1933 to Herbert and Erma Schmautz in Missoula, Mont., the eldest of four children. Dick was preceded in death by his sister, Nancy Baer, and is survived by his sister Marianne Fehr of Missoula, and his brother, Ken Schmautz of Rochester, Wash.
After graduating from Missoula County High School in 1952, Dick married his high school sweetheart, Jane Palmer, that same year. Dick worked at Anaconda Forest Products in Missoula, then moved his family to Grangeville, Idaho, to serve as production manager for Wickes Forest Products. In 1977, he moved to Spokane and successfully launched a career in commercial real estate, where his conversations so often centered around his love for Jesus that his pastor convinced him to become a full-time lay pastor at the Nazarene Church. Dick thought it funny getting paid to do what he loved: serving other people.
Dick was a life builder through his words and actions, homes, people, spirits and souls. A simple demeanor, contagious smile, and entertaining sense of humor that won the trust and hearts of many, who even now are being changed by his witness of glorifying God in his faithful service.
His signature gift to seek need, hear a story and offer acceptance and a path to salvation was his purpose and with zest, compassion, wisdom and generosity he lived, laughed and loved.
Dick is survived by his wife of 64 years, Jane, and five children: Deborah Reilly of Missoula; Patti and husband, Dean Orrico, of Seattle, Wash.; Pam and husband, John Wren, of Boise, Idaho; Steve Schmautz and wife Tresa; Leslie and husband, Scott Walls, from Spokane. He leaves an eternal legacy to all his family, including 20 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren.
The family is deeply appreciative for the outpouring of love, prayers and support in many heartfelt forms from too many people to name individually.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to the Union Gospel Mission, PO Box 4066, Spokane, WA 99220 or Teen Challenge, 2400 N. Craig Rd., Spokane, WA 99224.
A celebration of Dick’s life will be held on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, 9004 N. Country Homes Blvd., Spokane.
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