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Columbia Missourian

Robert Schattgen of Columbia, March 24, 1949 — Oct. 30, 2013

By Parker Funeral Service
November 2, 2013 | 5:39 p.m. CDT

Robert K. Schattgen, 64, of Columbia, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013.

A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at Calvary Episcopal Church, 123 S. Ninth Street, with a reception to follow at Historic Senior Hall on the Stephens College campus. Interment will take place in the church’s Memorial Garden.

Robert was born on March 24, 1949, at Deaconess Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. He was the only and much-loved child of Alvin and Hazel Cooper Schattgen. He grew up in Webster Groves, Missouri, where he was an Eagle Scout and a member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church. He and his family spent summers on Glen Lake in northern Michigan, enjoying time with friends on the shore and in their boat. After graduating from Webster Groves High School in 1966, he attended Meramec Community College. In 1968, he transferred to the University of Missouri, earning a B.S. in Agriculture in 1971.

Robert began his long career as a retail florist at Wichman’s Flowers in Webster Groves, where he worked while he was a student at Meramec Community College. During his years as a University of Missouri student, he worked at Mueller’s Florist in downtown Columbia. After graduation, he accepted an opportunity to start a flower shop within Nowell’s United Supermarket on West Worley Street. Initially, the shop consisted of a small flower cooler located in the produce department; however, over time Robert and his colleagues built a highly successful, full-service florist business, serving Nowell’s customers until 2003. That same year, he joined the staff of Patricia’s Foods, and he happily served as manager of the store’s Flower Shop until his passing.

Robert was an active member of the Columbia Northwest Rotary Club for over 30 years. He was a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow and was named Member of the Year by his club in recognition of his work with the group’s annual Rose Sale.

Robert was also a dedicated member of Calvary Episcopal Church, serving several terms on the Vestry and as Junior Warden. He belonged to Calvary’s Altar Guild and to the church’s Thursday Morning Bible Study Group. He also supported his parish in countless other ways, such as overseeing the “hanging of the greens” during Advent, opening the building each Sunday morning, and removing snow and debris from the walkways surrounding the building.

In recent days, Robert’s friends, relatives, neighbors, and colleagues have lovingly described him using words that are found in the Boy Scout Law — “loyal,” “helpful,” “friendly,” “kind,” and “cheerful.” Robert found his greatest pleasure in helping others, no matter how challenging the task. Even though his years as a Scout were far behind him, he never forgot the lessons he learned during that time.

Robert is survived by his wife of 42 years, Sharon Ford. He was the proud father of Robert (Denise Wilson) and Courtney (Mark Ontkush), and he was “Magical Gramps” to Grace, Ford, Elliot, and Helen. His mother-in-law, Ilene Ford, also mourns his passing.

His parents preceded Robert in death. Also going before him were his maternal grandparents, Nancy and Robert Cooper, and his paternal grandparents, Alvina and William Schattgen.

Memorials may be given to the Calvary Episcopal Church Memorial Fund (123 S. Ninth Street, Columbia, MO 65201) or to the Robert K. Schattgen Memorial Fund (University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; 2-4 Agriculture Building; Columbia, MO 65211).

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