Rev. Richard R. Schechter

September 27, 2019

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Rev. Richard Rhea Schechter met his Heavenly Father on Friday, September 27, 2019 at the age of 88, after living a long life of service to our Lord.  He was one who loved life and friends and relatives every day of his life.   Everywhere he went he was among friends or was making new ones.

Richard was the beloved husband of Joann Schechter (nee Miller) for 66 years. Loving father of John (Lisa), Wayne (Susan), Bruce (Hemmie), Melissa (deceased), and Cindy (Doug) Setters.  Dear grandfather of 14 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.  Richard was youngest of seven siblings, a group that he loved and enjoyed dearly: Bill (Zelma), Bruce (Elva), Dorothy (Ralph), Loren (Wilma), Dale (Olga), Vada (Robert), and Richard was the last living of the seven siblings.

Richard served as pastor at Monroe Presbyterian Church from 1967-1976 and retired from Olivet Presbyterian Church in Evansville, Indiana in 1992. During his 38 years of service, he served a total of five churches.   He was as happy in the woods camping or tinkering in his woodshop as he was in the pulpit.  He loved to joke around and there was never a dull moment in his presence, meanwhile he was an obsessive tinkerer with cars and tools and always looking for better ways to put things together.   His happiest memories were at family reunions in campgrounds in the Colorado Rockies.

Richard was active in many charitable ministries and non-profits.  He developed a personal relationship with Millard Fuller, founder of Habitat for Humanity, early in the life of Habitat.  As a result, perhaps the strongest impact of Richard’s life came from his role as one of the founders of Habitat for Humanity of Evansville, IN.   Earlier, for several years he served as Camp Director at Presbyterian summer camps:  Camp Kirkmont in Ohio and Camp Pyoca in Indiana.

Richard was born in Jetmore, Kansas, where he worked on a farm and in his parents’ grocery store in his younger years.   He went to Sterling College in Kansas, where he met his future wife, Joann Miller.  He loved singing in the Sterling Travelling Choir, and served as their President for two years.   Richard then attended the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary to prepare for his life as a minister of the Gospel.

Richard had undergone surgery for a ruptured aortic aneurysm four weeks before his death, therefore he had been surrounded by his children and many grandchildren/great-grandchildren in his final days.  Richard passed away in his sleep the night of Sept 27.

Visitation will be held at Monroe Presbyterian Church, 57 Elm St, Monroe, OH 45050 on Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 3 p.m. until time of Memorial Service at 4 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to: Habitat for Humanity of Evansville, 560 E. Diamond Ave., Evansville, IN 47711,  or online at, and please specify “In Memorial of Richard Schechter.”


Ellen Anderson Smith - Oct 12, 2019
Dear Joann and family, I am so sad to hear the news of Richard's passing. My condolences to you all. Richard was a lovely man and a wonderful church leader. Thinking of you and wishing you peace.
Leslie Baker Blackburn - Oct 8, 2019
Hi JoAnne and family......Oh how sad it is to loose a loved one on this Earth but celebrate their arrival in Heaven all at the same time. Trust family will help one another move through these difficult days. Thinking of you, Leslie Baker-Blackburn
Phyllis Colburn Tucker - Oct 6, 2019
I remember an evening 60+ years ago—Richard and my dad John Colburn telling jokes and GIGGLING! I got a glimpse of how much fun they must have had as teenagers!
Jeanne Hamilton Cottrell - Oct 6, 2019
Oh, so sorry to hear of Richard's passing. Wonderful memories of growing up at Parks Presbyterian in the country with him as my pastor. What a wonderful inspiration you both were...great examples of Christian life well lived. My parents, Roger and Grace Hamilton, so loved you both too!
Rex Cooper - Oct 6, 2019
Richard was one of the most influential men in my life. His faith in my waif and I for surpassed any understanding we had as to what he saw in the two of us that held a capacity for kingdom work. he blessed us, our kids, and his impact has even reached to our grandkids. we have been eternally blessed by his life. To God be the glory!!
Lawrence Lambert Jr - Oct 6, 2019
Thoughts and prayers for the family. He took us youth to Coldwater camp and he officiated at our wedding at Leoti Ks Presbyterian Church in 1966. Wonderful memories. His example contributed to my entering the pastoral ministry years later. Blessings
Karen Brankin - Oct 5, 2019
My thoughts and prayers are with your family as you remember and celebrate your dad. May you all find comfort in your memories. God Bless you all.