Richard Schaller, Sr.

Richard James Schaller, Sr.

1964 - 2024

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Richard “Rick” James Schaller Sr., passed away on Tuesday, April 2, 2024, in the comfort of his home surrounded by the love of his family.

Rick was born on May 20, 1964, to John and Sharon (Duffy) Schaller. He grew up in Westmoreland, NY, with his brother and sisters.  After high school, Rick started his career as a truck driver and worked for several different trucking companies traveling all over the country.  Eventually, he started his own business RJS Mobile Home Transport.

When Rick became a father, it was the proudest moment of his life. He raised his son Ricky and was very proud of the man that he is today. Rick’s Niece Nicole came to live with him about five years ago and became the “Daughter” he never had. They shared a very special bond that will never be replaced. Ricky and Nicki were very involved in Rick’s care over the past few years during his battle with cancer. They always went above and beyond to help him, especially in his final days. Rick was a great listener, a great friend and was loved by all that met him. His door was always open, and he was willing to help anyone in need.

Richard is survived by his parents, John and Sharon Schaller, Vernon; his son, Richard James Schaller Jr., Vernon; brother, Jeff (Denise) Schaller, Florida; sisters, Michelle Cotter, Vernon, Barb (Dan) Kitchen, Vernon; special nieces and nephews, Nicole Cotter, Dan (Lindsey) Kitchen, Haley Kitchen, Kara (Dan) Brown and their children Jacob & Katelyn. Rick was anticipating the arrival of another great niece due very soon. He also leaves behind many other extended family members and friends including his best friend of many years, Johnboy Abbott who was always there for him. His chats got him through some of the toughest times. Another very special friendship that Rick cherished was that of Debbie Meininger. She meant the world to Rick. Last but not least, he leaves behind his loving K-9 Pandaman, who made him smile, laugh and enjoy life even in the toughest times.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Hospice and Palliative Care, especially Barbara Shepherd, Debbie A. and Katie Rahn for their loving support and care for Rick and his family in Rick’s final days. Also, a very special thank you to Dr. Farshad Chowdhury and his staff at Strong Memorial Hospital for the amazing care and always going above and beyond to make Rick comfortable. The family will always be grateful for their kindness, empathy, and care. Lastly, the family would like to express a heartfelt thank you to his sister Barb for the exceptional care she provided to Rick the past several years, especially during his final days on comfort care. He loved her dearly and was very grateful to have her by his side through the most difficult times.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in Rick’s name to Hospice and Palliative Care of New Hartford or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

In keeping with Rick’s wishes there will be no public services. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

A Memorial Tree was planted for Richard
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Richard Schaller, Sr.

1964 - 2024

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