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Richard Robert Scheffelmaier

September 2, 1930 July 20, 2013
Richard Robert Scheffelmaier
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Obituary for Richard Robert Scheffelmaier

Richard Robert Scheffelmaier passed away peacefully in the Coronation Long Term Care on July 20, 2013 at the age of 82 years. Richard was born September 2, 1930 at Lake Thelma, Alberta. He attended school and finished grade nine at Bonny Doone. In 1947, Richard worked for Lawrence Schacker on the farm and in 1948 for Hiram Richardson, looking after cattle at the Meadow. By 1949 he started working on his own leased land at Silver Heights while sharing equipment with his Dad and older brother Albert. Richard decided to pursue mechanical training in Edmonton at Chicago Vocational School. Soon after his course, he worked at Harold Wiltse’s Garage in Consort. Richard married Marie Kurek of Consort in 1955. They resided and began their life together, farming northeast of Brownfield. It all began in a three room house, on a section and a half of land with eight head of cows and one borrowed bull, along with a small line of machinery. Their same humble little house kept changing and expanding and became “home” for 58 years. The first son, Blaine was born in 1956, and second son, Greg in 1959, and a daughter, Michelle in 1969. For extra enjoyment, Richard enjoyed playing baseball, coaching some ball and curling. He was also involved in the Elks and Kinsmen Clubs of Coronation. One of many highlights in Richard’s life was getting to sing with Merle Haggart in Provost, Alberta (when he was supposed to be at home combining). Merle even told him he was pretty damn good. Maybe that’s why he had such a love for singing and music. Richard decided to take up the hobby of raising buffalo, which ended up developing into quite a time consuming, thriving business which he thoroughly enjoyed. This “hobby” brought people young and old from all over the world. “The more the merrier,” for Richard. Another obvious part in Richard’s interests was his love for cattle and horses, along with the odd and unusual pets such as his famous camel, donkeys and mules. Of course everyone will admit that it wasn’t very often a rodeo was missed. He loved to hit every dance, anywhere, any wedding or even funeral. His love and caring for all people from any and every walk of life, friend, family or stranger were important and special to him. He always took the time for absolutely anyone. Richard accepted anything and judged nothing. Coffee was always on or a whiskey or rum available. Giving Pepsi or Coke as always a must, flipping a burger or two was never an issue. His attitude was always so positive and his stories went on and on, but usually quite comical. Most of all, Richard loved his family beyond words. His brothers, sisters, wife, in-laws, kids, nieces and nephews and then grandkids that came along were everything to him and truly blessed his life. Each one must have always known that. He too knew their love for him was unmeasurable. Richard was predeceased by his brother Sam, his parents Molly and Adolf and daughter-in-law Lorena. Richard is survived by his wife Marie, son Blaine, granddaughter Jill (Matt), son Greg (Karen), grandson Jeremy, daughter Michelle (Kevin) grandsons Bradan and Brandt. Siblings Albert (Gwen), Helen (Al), Verna (Erv), Herb, Ester (Alvin), Jean (Don), Shirley (Bill), Linda (Leo) and numerous nieces and nephews, in-laws and special friends.


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