Schiltz, Richard "Dick"

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.


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Arrangements are under the direction of:
Aria Cremation Service & Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road, Dallas, Texas

13 replies on “Schiltz, Richard "Dick"”

Chester Jursksi says:

God Speed Old Friend!

Larry Zeagler says:

Dick was a loyal colleague, an outstanding employee, and a friend. His passing is quite a shock. Dick will be missed.

Karen & Keith says:

You will be missed, my friend! Always appreciated your dry wit and frank opinions. Soar high and fly free.

Larry Spinicelli says:

I worked with Dick for many years with units at Bay City and Coventry. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. My deepest sympathies to the family.

Noel Smith says:

Sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. He was a good friend and had a wonderful singing voice at Holy Cross Church in Bay City.

Gail Whittaker says:

Christina, I’m so sorry for your loss. Your dad had to be a great man to have such a precious beautiful daughter. Know that my prayers will be with you and your family.

William Helmer says:

Clear skies and smooth flying.

Ken&Jane(Saalman)Flamion says:

We send our prayers and deepest Sympathy to the the family.

Dolores Tellier says:

Christina. So sorry to hear about your Dad I heard a lot about him from you and Courtney may he Rest In Peace.

Edward Chiu says:

I worked with Dick in the same group for many years at Celanese. He was a smart and funny guy. I will miss him. Condolences to his family.

Ray Stolhand says:

Dick and I grew up together in Ponca City and were great friends all through school. We triple dated with James, his older brother, who could drive. Spent fun times with him at his farm where this small city boy could take the school bus home with him and spend the night. First time I ate lamb was at his home. We were both very competitive with each other always wanted to be number one. We had a lot of firsts and i will always remember him fondly. We both went off to OSU and followed different paths, and would run into each other at some of our reunions. But James and Mary Catherine kept me and my parent updated. He was a smart guy and well educated. His 4H activities were always fun to hear about. May he rest in peace. So many memories.centrum scobedc

Jason snuggs says:

Just learned of Dick passing this evening….he was such a nice guy, he taught me to fly and was the one to cut my shirt tail. There is not a flight that I don’t recall something he taught me in my head….I can still hear his voice telling me to keep the nose down on take off! The last time I saw him he loaned me his pick up to run an errand when i flew into Airpark…that was him, just a nice guy. Rest In Peace my friend


I just came across the article on our loss of Dick Schiltz and the comments by Ray Stolhand which I ditto. I also grew up in Ponca City Ok & went to school at St Mary’s for 12 yrs & OSU for 4-5 years. Both Dick & Ray we’re great friends I always enjoyed, respected, & value.
GODS BLESSINGS to each of you and many classmates & Friends.

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