Richard Vernon SchulenbergNovember 3, 1947 ~ November 7, 2017 (age 70)
Richard “Rich” Vernon Schulenberg passed away on November 7, 2017 at his home in Ripon, CA. Rich was born in Vallejo, CA, on November 3, 1947 and grew up in Vallejo and San Jose. He graduated from Overfelt High School in 1965, and served in the United States Air Force from 1965 to 1969 and was honorably discharged as a Senior Airman. Upon discharge from the service Rich began his professional career while at the same time attending and then graduating from San Jose State University. Rich relocated from San Jose to Morgan Hill in 1978, and from the late 1980s onward resided in the San Joaquin Valley. Rich spent his professional years in logistics and operations during the nascent era of Silicon Valley with early technology leaders that include Memorex, Itel, Intel, and Amdahl. Rich later retired from the J.R. Simplot Company in Manteca in 2009.
Rich is survived by his wife of 28 years, Kathleen “Katie” (Zasso) Schulenberg, his two children, Kristi (Kathy) Schulenberg and Richard (Jennifer) Schulenberg and their son, Wyatt Dascher Schulenberg, from his first wife, Barbara Jean Neill. Other surviving family members include his two sisters, Mary Lou Moe and Kay Moresco, his mother - and father in-law, Ralph and Rita Niles, his sister – and brother – in law, Tracy and Jerry Fortier, and nieces and nephews.
Rich was an avid reader, loved his cats, Peeps the Cat, Speedbump his first love, and Sophie, the new princess, and enjoyed golf, fishing, and crossword puzzles. Rich made scrumptious marinades and loved to grill. He truly was an amazing cook, and also had a great sense of humor. During his and Kate’s 28 loving years together, they spent many happy days traveling to beloved locations including Europe, Yosemite, Monterey, and to their home at Eagle Lake, near Susanville, CA.
Rich’s life will be celebrated by family and friends at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 2 at Deegan Ripon Funeral Chapel, 111 Palm Ave., Ripon, CA. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Rich’s name be made to the Delta Humane Society and the SPCA in Stockton. For condolences to his family, please visit his online guestbook at www.deeganfuneralchapels.com