DIXON – Melvin Leroy Schappert, 83, of Dixon, passed away Tuesday, August 20, 2019, at Franklin Grove Nursing Home in Franklin Grove.
He worked for Northwestern Steel and Wire for 32 years and was a truck driver for five years prior to his retirement.
Melvin was born, October 6, 1935, in Muscatine, IA, the son of Wilbur and Tacy (Schmidt) Schappert. He married Shirley Sonka on October 1, 1965, in Cedar Rapids, IA. She preceded him in death on July 5, 2008.
He attended Bethel Evangelical Congregational Church in Dixon. Melvin served in the United States Air Force from 1954-1958. He enjoyed helping his children with their 4-H projects and coaching whichever sport they were participating in at the time. Melvin was a fan of the Green Bay Packers and Nascar. He loved all animals, especially his bird, Rudie. Animals have always held a special place in Melvin’s heart, he even established a pet cemetery so people would have a place to lay their “fur babies” to rest.
He is survived by his eight children, Melvin (Lori) Schappert Jr. of Cedar Rapids, IA, Debbie (Martin) Stockdale of Portland, OR, Michael (Marie) Schappert of Portland, OR, Jerry (Renee) Schappert of Summerfield, FL, Sharon (Rick) Cushman of Shady Hills, FL, Patrick (DeAnna) Schappert of Danbury, CT, Patricia (Thomas) Williams of Phoenix, AZ, Brenda (Robert) Olson of Chillicothe; 16 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Arnold (Laura) Schappert of Cedar Rapids, IA, Bernard (Joan) Schappert of La Crosse, WI; one sister, Laretta Schappert of La Crosse, WI.
Melvin was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Kevin Schappert; two brothers, George Albert Weimann and Orville Schappert; two sisters, Ruth Schappert, Elsie McKee; and ex-wife, Judith Ann (Schmelzer) Schappert, the mother of Melvin Jr., Debbie, Michael, Jerry and Sharon.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., until time of funeral service at 11 a.m., on Monday, August 26, 2019 at Bethel Evangelical Congregational Church in Dixon, with Rev. Randy Sizemore and Rev. Wayne Epps co-officiating. Burial with military honors will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Dixon, directly after.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested either a bouquet of balloons or a memorial donation be made to Bethel Evangelical Congregational Church for the building fund.
Arrangements were completed by Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon.
Condolences may be sent to www.prestonschilling.com.