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Richard “Rick” Louis Schaufuss

Richard “Rick” Louis Schaufuss

Richard Louis Schaufuss


- May 2, 2019

Richard “Rick” Louis Schaufuss was born on March 16, 1947, in Covington, KY, to Richard Emil and Jeanne Lucille (Huber) Schaufuss.  Rick went into the Air Force after high school, served in Turkey, and was stationed in South Dakota upon his return to the U.S.  He married his high school sweetheart, Nancy Kneal, and they moved to Rapid City, SD, where he was offered employment.  His daughter, Suzanne, was born there.

When Suzie was several months old, Rick woke to the sound of the wind and water on the floor of their home.  The dam had broken in the Black Hills and flooded the city, destroying several small towns in the mountains.  The water was deep in Rick’s neighborhood, so he put the baby in a plastic bathtub and swam to high ground.  He went back for his wife and rescued her, as well as other neighbors.  He was a hero.

Rick, 72, died Sunday, April 28, 2019, at his home in Sturgis, SD.

Richard is survived by his daughter, Suzanne Mullins; his grandchildren, Avery Mullins and Anakin Mullins; his step-mother, Margie Schaufuss; his brothers, David Schaufuss and Samuel Slayden; and his sisters, Melissa Jasper and Carla Seemann. 

He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Emil Schaufuss; and his mother, Jeanne Lucille Huber.    

A memorial service honoring Rick’s life will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at 11:30 a.m. at Lakeside Christian Church at 1980 North Bend Road, Hebron, Kentucky 41048.  Doors will be open at 11:00 a.m.

Memorial donations can be made to The American Legion or VFW.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals.com.



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