A tribute by John Schott
(given during the memorial service)
My dad was a great man of God – a missionary who spent his life in faithful service to his Savior. His list of accomplishments is long and impressive. We honor him today for being that man of God and for faithfully carrying out his calling.
But as impressive as his accomplishments are, I honor him for the man he was.
My dad always did what he thought was right. We disagreed on many things, but I always knew that dad’s opinion was based on what he thought was the right thing to do. I saw my dad take unpopular, difficult stands many times when others took the easy way out. My dad was a rock of principles. He never took the easy way out.
My dad loved his God. He left the farm and family he loved and moved to the Philippines to fulfill his calling. And he never quit. When the going got tough; when it seemed like everything was hopeless; when his best friends turned their back on him; he stayed. He used to tell us that, “Winners never quit and quitters never win”.
My dad was honest. In the fifty years I knew him, I never once knew dad to cheat on anything. He was scrupously honest on his taxes and never fudged report numbers to make himself appear more successful. He went out of his way to ensure complete transparency in the handling of his and the church’s finances. Dad taught us to keep from even the appearance of dishonesty.
My dad was faithful to his wife. I never once saw him look at another woman. He was super-careful to ensure that he never put himself in the position of there being any question of his faithfulness to mom. That faithfulness made our home a very secure place for us kids.
My dad loved his family. Even when we were physically separated by 10,000 miles, we knew our dad loved us. He would take time out of his busy schedule every week to write each of us a letter. Every week. Without fail.
Uncle Gus and Uncle Marv, your baby brother loved and respected you so very much. Uncle Pete, dad always loved you and sought your approval. You taught him many things that he carried with him all his life.
Mom, you were Richard’s sweetheart. He loved nothing more than to be with you, to hold your hand, to whisper those sweet nothings in your ear. The two of you showed us how to love.
Deb, Margie and Barbie, you three made him so happy. Each of you are so different yet each of you carry so many characteristics of him with in you. He loved your visits and your calls so much.
Grandkids, your grandpa Schott loved you all a lot. He may not have been around that much, but he checked up on you regularly. He loved having you around and to listen to your stories. He was a great man. Your young lives will be so much fuller and rewarding if you take to heart some of the lessons he taught us about life. You’ll make him proud if you live your life to the fullest and in so doing are truly happy.
What Makes a Dad
God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle’s flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so, He called it … Dad
Richard Schott has been a great man; a great teacher; a great husband; a great father. Dad, Thanks for the example you lived for us. Thanks for the love you shared with us. Thanks for being the man you were. Thanks for being my pop.
We’re taking care of things here. Mom will be fine – we’ll be taking care of her. Rest well in the arms of He whom you served so faithfully. Get things ready for us. We’ll see you soon. I love you.