Robert G. Schilling

December 21, 2016

Robert G. Schilling, 86, of Frankfort, Ind., died on December 21, 2016 in his home.  Born January 19, 1930 in Lafayette to Joseph H. & Amelia (Garrett) Schilling.  He married Carol Dykhuizen on June 17, 1955 in Brookston and she preceded him in death on October 13, 1994.  Bob grew up in Lafayette and is a 1948 graduate of Lafayette Jefferson High School.  He graduated from Purdue University in 1952 and then served as a Lieutenant in the United States Air Force from 1952 to 1954, serving in Washington D.C. during the Korean War.  In 1955 Bob earned his Masters Degree from Indiana University.  Mr. Schilling taught high school math for 40 years.  He began his career at Harry Wood High School in Indianapolis before moving to Frankfort Senior High School, retiring in 1995.  He was a member of First Christian Church in Frankfort.  Other memberships include the Moose Lodge, American Legion, Indiana Archeological Society, and Indiana Retired Teachers Association.

Visitation and Services

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 12 noon Saturday January 14, 2017 at Goodwin Funeral Home. Services will follow the visiting at 12:15 p.m. at the funeral home. Pastor Pamela Ditson-McCall will officiate. Family burial will be in Spring Vale Cemetery, Lafayette, IN. Memorial donations may be made to the First Christian Church of Frankfort or the Guardian Angel Hospice.

Survived by:

Daughter: Lynn (husband: Clay) Harmon of Ashville, North Carolina, Sons: Michael R. (wife: Leigh) Schilling of Sterling, Virginia, David B. Schilling of Bloomington, Ind., Mark D. (wife: Jennifer) Schilling of rural Kirklin, Ind., Brother: William (wife: Nila) Schilling of Lafayette, Ind.,10 Grandchildren and 2 Great Grandchildren.

Preceded by:

his parents and wife.

Condolences

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35 Condolences for “Robert G. Schilling”

  1. Larry Hughes December 27, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    A great teacher, a great friend and co-worker. So sorry Mike, Lynn, Dave and Mark. There will never be one like him again.
    Love Larry and Phyllis Hughes

  2. Phil Crutchfield December 27, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    So sorry to see this great teacher go! He was a fantastic teacher and I will NEVER forget him! Great man!

  3. Ron and Mary Ann Stockberger December 28, 2016 at 1:17 am

    Your dad and mom were great neighbors when we lived on South St., many years ago. I also had the privilege of being with Mr. Schilling and Bill Waddell on a trip to New York City. We all had a great time and nothing slowed Bob and Bill down, not even going up the “Top of the Rock”.
    I will miss seeing Bob sitting on the front porch in his swing as we walk by.
    Our sympathy and prayers to all.

  4. Shirley Ricker December 28, 2016 at 8:43 am

    To Mike, David, Lynn, and Mark, Sorry about your father. We had lots of good times with him and Carol. To me, it was amazing the things he could do around the house, such as remodeling areas on his own, fixing things, etc. The flowers were always beautiful at your home. You have my deepest sympathy. Shirley Ricker

  5. Cindy Weida Reeder December 28, 2016 at 8:43 am

    Lynn,
    I am sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Take comfort in the memories and the support of family and friends at this time. May God wrap his loving arms around you and your family to give you strength. Prayers are being sent to you. God bless.
    Cindy Reeder

  6. Mike Bennett December 28, 2016 at 9:15 am

    As a fellow founding member of the Blatz club, I shall always cherish your insight and wisdom as we discussed and sometimes solved the problems of the day at our regular Thursday after school meetings. RIP Brother Schill

  7. Jerilyn (Ostler) Geiger December 28, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Sympathy to the family of a great math teacher who was the reason I also became a math teacher.

    • Ronald Kellams December 29, 2016 at 7:31 pm

      Jerilyn,
      Amen … Mr Schilling had a great impact on many of his students !!

  8. Tamnt Sawicki Hofacker December 28, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    My deepest condolences to your family. He was a good man and good friend of my dads. God Bless.

  9. Mike Cook December 28, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    My condolences to the family. He was a remarkable teacher & person. I will always remember him. Thoughts and prayers

  10. Jennifer Hughes December 29, 2016 at 6:05 am

    An amazing teacher! I hade him for several classes and it was a joy to have a teacher who cared about his students and loved to teach. I will never forget the many things he did to keep our attention, like jumping on his desk and playing air guitar! The memories I have of his class I will carry with me always. Heaven has gained an incredible soul! My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  11. John Elliott December 29, 2016 at 9:17 am

    One of my favorite teachers at FHS. It seems like I could always understand him, and I thought he was the smartest man in the world. I went on to become a math teacher at CP for 33 years, using some of his techniques. He was a great teacher.

  12. David A. Royalty FSHS 1969 December 29, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    Sorry to hear about Mr. Schilling passing. His ability to make math interesting and fun was instrumental in my life choice to become an Engineer and helped in my graduating from Purdue. He was my favorite teacher through all of my schooling, including Purdue. I was fortunate to have known him.

  13. Larry Strain December 29, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    I am another instructor (30+ years in various community college systems) who can say Mr. Schilling was a major influence in why I became a teacher. He was my teacher for sophomore, junior, & senior math at FSHS, and without a doubt the best teacher I have ever had (college included). Enthusiastic, fair, and genuine, he touched many people. My sincere condolences to the family.

  14. Ronald Kellams December 29, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    I am a retired Boeing Associate Technical Fellow (73 yr old). I was a 1961 Frankfort graduate who had the “high honor” of being a member of Mr Schilling’s Sr Math class. My post high school education included a multitude of great teachers from Purdue, St Louis, and Washington Universities as well as industry. Mr Schilling was the BEST of them all !! He had the ability to make difficult material interesting. His class provided a sound foundation for future engineering work. I literally couldn’t wait to attend his class.
    Mr Schilling, The Teacher: technically competent, a great communicator, leader and role model ( with a unique sense of humor ). The Vince Lombardi of high school math teachers !!
    May the words of Psalm 116:15 encourage the hearts of Mr Schilling’s loved ones: “precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints”.
    Precious memories !!

  15. Gloria and Phil Crum December 29, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    Sincere sympathies to Mr. Schilling’s family. He was certainly one of my favorite teachers and a great influence on my becoming an engineer. I have many fond memories of attending his class. May each of you continue to have fond memories also.

  16. Steve Bache December 30, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    Mr. Schilling made math fun. He was always in a good mood and he obviously cared about his students. Sympathies to the Schilling family.

  17. Becky peterson December 31, 2016 at 8:54 am

    My sympathy to the family who are in my thoughts & prayers. Mr. Schilling was one my favorite teachers of all time- appreciated by all! Thank you for the good memories! Sincerely, Becky Scheid Peterson

  18. Suzy Smith Primavera December 31, 2016 at 11:51 am

    As many have said, Mr. Schilling was a one of a kind teacher. I picture him throwing open the windows and saying to the class ” fresh air stimulates mental activity!” He did make learning fun… a gifted guy. Thoughts and prayers to Mike and all of the Schillings.

  19. John and Connie Milholland January 1, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    Mike, Lynn, Dave and Mark,
    We are so sad about your loss. Your dad fought a long, hard battle with Parkinson’s, but still was very sharp. It was our pleasure to work with him at Frankfort High School for many, many years. We saw him a few weeks ago, and that quick wit was quite evident. Passing by the Schilling home will always bring back good memories of an outstanding math teacher.

    We regret that we will not be at his service as we will be in Florida. You all will be in our prayers.
    John and Connie Milholland

  20. Terry Erickson January 3, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    Thinking of you, Lynn. What a beautiful tribute to your father. The video made me feel like I knew him a little better. What a great life he had. He was obviously very talented in many ways. I can tell by the other condolences posted that he was very respected and that he impacted many lives. I wish I could have been one of his students. It sounds like he was quite an entertaining teacher!
    I send my love.

  21. Kelly Harrison January 4, 2017 at 11:44 am

    Lynn, I remember when we were barely teenagers and your dad used turpentine to remove chewing gum that you smashed into my hair. He told me my hair would curl in that spot. He was right. My hair was never the same after that, you rascal! I’m so sad about your loss. Please know you and your brothers are in my thoughts.
    Peace and grace,
    Kelly Harrison

  22. Sam Knight January 5, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    Mike, Dave, Lynn, Mark so sorry to see of your Dad’s passing, out thoughts and prayers are with you. Your Dad was a super guy, I remember laughing with friends about the Blatz Club, the annual tulips, and seeing your Mom and Dad walking in the neighborhood almost every night. He was a great teacher (but you wouldn’t know it from my grades :), and had an awesome dry sense of humor.

  23. Susie Plunkitt January 7, 2017 at 9:07 am

    What an intelligent & interesting person Mr. Schilling was! His humor & character will stay with all of us for a very long time. He was a great combination of teacher & humorist. He made things more fun & interesting. The teacher that everyone would have wanted to have. I recall him each day when I pass by his home walking my dog. I miss seeing the lights on so that I know all is well. I miss seeing him sitting on his porch. I miss his smile. Rest easy. You deserve it. Susie

  24. Kim Pletch January 10, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    Mark, I’m sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family during this time. I always liked your dad as a teacher. He made me laugh. Thank you for sharing the memorial video. I watched it from start to finish. I enjoyed seeing other sides of your dad, not just as Mr. Schilling, the teacher. He was a good man.

  25. Mr Richard Fox (Beverly) January 11, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Beautiful tribute for Bob. Thinking of all the family and how proud he was of all of you. He is smiling in heaven now.

  26. Mr Richard Fox( Beverly) January 12, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    Beautiful tribute for Bob. Thinking of all the family and how proud he was of all of you. He is smiling in heaven now.

  27. Mary Elizabeth Shwiller January 12, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    Dear Family, Thank you so much for informing me of the passing of my cousin, Bob. What an amazing guy he was! I have read with great pride these comments of his former students. As a retired teacher, I recognize that such tributes are among the most precious accolades an educator can ever receive – the expressed gratitude & admiration of one’s pupils. I’m so grateful that you provided the touching video tribute. How many memories it brought back to me! (&, I must admit, a few tears.)
    May you find solace in recalling the love, kindness & wisdom of this exceptional man. I send my love & my prayers to you all.
    -Your Cousin, Mary E. “Liz” Shwiller

  28. Jack Scheid January 13, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    The Scheid family has so many fond memories of Bob Shilling. All five Scheid Kids had Mr. Schilling for Math and each one said he was their BEST TEACHER. One commented “always remember Mr. Shilling in his white Jacket he wore to keep chalk dust off. He was the very best at FHS and so appreciated. Kevin Scheid majored in Math in Pre-Med and owes much to Bob for his success. On one occasion Bob was painting our dining room and Kevin was home very sick. Bob tutored him while working. He was truly an amazing educator. God Bless Lynn and the family.

  29. Kerry D Kries January 13, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    What a great guy! We had a lot of fun in his Jr & Sr math classes. After graduation, I would stop by his house if I saw him outside or working in his garage. He always called me by my last name, but loved to pronounce it as if it ended with multiple z’s. We had many laughs. RIP, Bob.

  30. Lou Fickle Denison January 14, 2017 at 7:40 am

    Mike, Lynn, Mark and David,
    Sending prayers and thinking of you all in the loss of an extraordinary man. Mr. Schilling was a joy to have as a teacher.

  31. Lisa Cox January 14, 2017 at 7:57 am

    Another Comrade Down

    My mom called me last night. She knew it would be hard news to hear. “Mr. Schilling died today,” she said. Mr. Schilling, the beloved math teacher of my high school days; Mr. Schilling, the father of one of a good friend and classmate, David; Mr. Schilling, who battled Parkinson’s died yesterday. My heart is broken and a bolt of fear runs through me, and I cry. Mr. Schilling, I will always remember your humor. Mr. Schilling, I thank you for your patience with this girl who loves words and not math. Mr Schilling, fellow comrade in the battle against Parkinson’s, I will wipe my eyes, put on my gloves and keep fighting this disease. It may win the battle, but we will win the war! Rest In Peace, Mr. Schilling. You were loved.

  32. Gregory Finch January 14, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    My condolences to the family of Bob Schilling. Like many, I’m a former student (FSHS ’74) who considers Mr. Schilling one of the best teachers I have ever known. He taught a complicated subject to complicated students and always treated everyone equally and fairly be they at the top or the bottom of his class. Our senior year, knowing that several of us needed exposure to calculus before we went to college, Mr. Schilling volunteered to teach calculus from 6:30 am to 7:30 am to a dozen or so of us 2-3 mornings each week. I am forever grateful. Since then, whenever I returned to Frankfort to walk the early-spring farm fields looking for indian artifacts and was fortunate to find any, I would stop by Schill’s home and we would talk about what I found and of the many beautiful artifacts he has collected. What a fascinating man, a good citizen, and a person who dedicated himself to making others better.

  33. Greg Wright January 18, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Just heard of Mr Schilling’s death earlier this week. I graduated in 1965. He was my math teacher for 3 high school years. I very much enjoyed and benefitted from his teaching skills. I completed a BS and MS in engineering at Purdue with math related classes every year. I worked at Cummins and taught algebra in a apprentice program at one time. Sorry for your loss.

  34. Michael J Flowers January 20, 2017 at 7:24 am

    Mike, Lynn, Dave and Mark Your Father was a great teacher who gave his gift of teaching math to so many people. He lived his motto ” Work Makes Life Meaningful” to the fullest . Your Father and Mother raised great Children. It was an honor to have known you all. May God up hold you In this time of sadness and loss and continue to bless each one of you all the days of your lives. Michael and Patsy Flowers

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