Rick Schlegel

April 21, 1951 ‒ December 19, 2018

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Rick Schlegel, age 67, of Mount Vernon, Ohio died Wednesday evening December 19, 2018 at his home, surrounded by his wife of 46 years, Mary, his sons Ben and Andrew and his daughter, Guinevere.  Rick left behind six years of pain and paralysis from the monster ALS.

Rick was born on April 21, 1951 to Richard “Pete” Schlegel and Ginny (Diesel) Schlegel.  He graduated from Moeller High School, Bowling Green State University, and Washington University, St. Louis with a M.S. in Social Work.  He is survived by four siblings and loving family from coast to coast.

As a young Lieutenant, he started his lifelong career as a Drug and Alcohol Officer/counselor at Eglin Air Force Base on the Emerald Coast of Florida.  His career lasted 42 years, 30 at the Alcohol and Drug Freedom Center in Mount Vernon, Ohio.  Rick’s love of guitar began at 16 and only improved over time.   He picked sweet sounds and played for 25 years at the Church of the Holy Spirit at Kenyon College, weddings, funerals, parties and rest homes.  He loved to read and was one of the founders of Friends of the Library.  He held every office many times.  He also began “Books for Babes”.  He and his children shared a love for theater, acting and singing.  They had an in house costumer.  His last part was a wobbly, musical pirate.  He loved tools and woodworking, precision picture framing, rocking horse and toy making.  His Cincinnati family owned a wood pattern company.  Wood was in his DNA.

He leaves behind three handsome grandsons, his daughter, Gwen (Michael) Steensen, grandsons, Aden, Elias and Oliver will miss “the Grandfather” forever.  His sons, Andrew and Ben Schlegel were his anchor.  He loved to fish on Long Island Sound each summer always hoping to make it out to “The Race” to land a Blue.  A small lake or pond would do in a pinch.  Rick will be missed by his family and friends, by the clients he helped and cared for.  He was as his graduate school ring said-a Public Servant, always.  He was a storyteller for years at Toastmasters, a teller of jokes to laugh and make others laugh.

We hope the library in heaven has science fiction, mysteries, knights and kings, and brave souls that daily slay life’s dragons. The fisherman has left the shore.  The knight has ridden off to help Arthur reglue his Round Table and children go to bed with books and food because good people pull down walls and battle dragons every day.

There will be a family celebration in 2019 on Long Island Sound.

Contributions may be made in Rick’s name to:  Friends of the Library, Attn: Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County; 201 N. Mulberry Street Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050.

The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Rick Schlegel.

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  • Mary, Gwen, Andy, Ben and family,
    The world has lost a special soul. May he now Rest In Peace well deserved.
    My caring thoughts be with you all
    Love,
    Carol Navin

  • Mary, I never met your dear husband and did not know he had ALS. I lost a much loved from that horrible disease many years ago. You and your family have my deepest sympathy and prayers. May your memories of better times help to ease the sadness.

    Love, Sue

  • Mary, Gwen, Andy, and Ben,

    Rick was a kind and compassionate man. I always liked talking to him as another father during school events. I appreciated his wisdom and advice when I would work with him regarding shared professional concerns.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    Dave and Lois Carter

  • Dear Mary, Ben,Andy, Gwen and family,

    Rick will be missed by many but we are glad his suffering is over. He was a great man, great public servant, great dad and husband. His support of the arts and the library was wonderful.. The help he extended to so many in his work was appreciated by so many. He indeed gave much and left behind a great legacy. God bless you all.

  • Mary, Ben, and Family,
    Rick was a wonderful man and I’m so sorry for your loss. I will forever miss him coming into the library. Sincerely, Cindy Dean Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County

  • We are sorry for your loss,please accept our heartfelt sympathies. We pray Gods’ love will comfort you in this time of need. Rick will be missed.

  • Mary, Ben, and family,

    I was so sorry to hear of your loss. I know that there are no words to ease the pain of losing him, but I hope that you will find comfort in knowing that his pain has ended.
    May God bless and comfort you,
    Dawn Garven

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