Robert Schattgen loved flowers and helping others

Saturday, November 2, 2013 | 5:59 p.m. CDT; updated 2:05 p.m. CST, Tuesday, November 12, 2013

*This story has been changed to include updated information on funeral arrangements.

COLUMBIA — Robert Schattgen loved flowers and helping others in the community.

"Flowers were the vehicle through which Robert brought cheer and good wishes," said Sharon Schattgen, his wife of 42 years.

Mr. Schattgen, of Columbia, died Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013. He was 64.

He was born March 24, 1949, in St. Louis to Alvin and Hazel Schattgen. In his younger years, Schattgen was an Eagle Scout and spent summers in Michigan. After graduating Webster Groves High School in 1966, he attended St. Louis Community College-Meramec and MU. He earned a degree in agriculture from MU in 1971.

He married Sharon Schattgen in 1971.

While in college, Schattgen became interested in flowers. He worked as a retail florist in Webster Groves and Columbia, eventually opening a flower shop inside Nowell's Grocery on West Worley Street. In 2003, Schattgen started managing the flower shop at Patricia's Foods.

Through his work in the flower shop and the Rotary Club of Columbia Northwest, Schattgen always made sure to keep a positive attitude.

"He was kind, gregarious and helpful," his wife said. "He respected his colleagues, both past and present."

Mr. Schattgen was a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow and was named member of the year in recognition of his role in the annual rose sale.

Additionally, Mr. Schattgen contributed to the Calvary Episcopal Church as a member of the altar guild and vestry. He also unlocked the building prior to services, cleared walkways in the winter and oversaw the hanging of the greens during Advent.

"Robert was the ultimate 'utility player' for the Calvary Episcopal Church, doing whatever was needed," she said.

Mr. Schattgen is survived by his wife, Sharon Schattgen; a mother-in-law, Ilene Ford; a son, Robert, and his wife, Denise; a daughter, Courtney, and her husband, Mark; and grandchildren Grace, Ford, Elliot and Helen.

His parents, Alvin and Hazel Schattgen, died earlier.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Nov. 16 at Calvary Episcopal Church, 123 S. Ninth St. *A reception will follow at Historic Senior Hall at Stephens College. Interment will take place in the church's Memorial Garden.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Calvary Episcopal Church Memorial Fund or the Robert K. Schattgen Memorial Fund at the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, 2-4 Agriculture Building, Columbia, MO 65201.

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