November 9, 1942 - March 4, 2017
Richard “Dick” Lee Schiltz,74, earned his wings and flew home to be with our Heavenly Father on Saturday March 4,, 2017 at his home in Plano, Texas. He was born in Ponca City, Oklahoma to Alma Christine and Michael Anthony Schiltz on November 9, 1942. He survives in the hearts and minds of those who loved him.
Dick attended and graduated from St. Mary’s Catholic School in Ponca City growing up. He later attended and graduated from OSU, then obtained his doctoral degree from the University of Texas in Austin in Chemical Engineering.
He raised two children while working for Celanese Corporation in Bay City, Texas where he began ALS Services, a charter plane company. He later started instructing in flight lessons for the first time. After a lengthy career in Texas, Dick moved to Coventry, RI where he restructured several departments for the local Celanese chemical plant. While in RI he raised another daughter. More recently Dick moved to Plano, Texas working at the Celanese headquarters in Irving, Texas. After retirement, he became a full-time flight instructor teaching students to become pilots and helping them discover their love for aviation. He was an active member of the Air Park – Dallas HOA.
Dick was a man of strong Christian beliefs. He loved traveling, country dancing, theatre and appreciated many types of music. Walking into the house, you could always hear his favorite music over the speakers. Dick also enjoyed tinkering in the hanger. He often found unique items at antique shows and estate auctions.
Dick was a loving father, a great neighbor, devoted friend and caring teacher. He was preceded in death by his parents, Michael & Christine and older brother James.
Dick is survived in death by his sister Mary Catharine (Dick) Detten of Ponca City, OK; eldest daughter Gwen (Colby) Barrington of Lindsay, OK; son Eric (Katie) Schiltz of Bozman, MT; youngest daughter Christina Schiltz of Coventry, RI and numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of his life will occur on Sunday March 12, 2017 at 6315 Beech Street in Plano, TX at 2:00 pm. Dress Casually.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the American Heart Association in his name.
Arrangements are under the direction of:
Aria Cremation Service & Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road, Dallas, Texas