Richard (“Dick”) Schmeing passed away July 8th, surrounded by his family. He was one of seven children of Walter and Louise Schmeing, and he held fast to the values they instilled in him. He adhered to a very high standard of conduct in all aspects of his life, being strong in his commitment to family, faith, and country.
As a young man, Dick volunteered to serve in the United States Air Force. He served for four years at various stations within the U.S. and in Morocco. His youngest sister still carries the rosary Dick sent her from Morocco for her first communion. After the Air Force, Dick worked his way through college, earning a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Thomas More University (then Villa Madonna College).
He had a successful business career working for Litton Industries and Dubois Chemicals, Inc., where he held the position of Vice President of International Finance. He travelled extensively, across six continents, for work and for pleasure. Following his retirement from corporate life, he tried his hand at owning his own business. He formed Astute Furnishings in Oakley with the assistance of his brother Paul. Astute has become a Cincinnati tradition for those seeking high-end furniture on consignment.
Despite his successes, he remained humble and close to his roots. He was friendly and outgoing, always ready with a smile and a laugh. He was committed to his family and selflessly took care of his mother throughout a long illness, and supported his mother-in-law after the loss of her husband. He mentored siblings, nieces, nephews, and godchildren and was generous in helping them gain financial footing.
Consistent with his strong faith, his love and concern extended far beyond family. He volunteered at Fairhaven Rescue Mission in Covington and at Housing Opportunities of Northern Kentucky (HONK), endowed several scholarships, and supported numerous local charities.
His greatest commitment was to Mary Kay, his wife of fifty-seven years, who passed away just seven months ago. She was his best friend and the love of his life. He cared for her through a protracted illness, even as he struggled with his own serious health condition.
Dick is survived by his brothers Tony and Paul (Debby) Schmeing, sisters Norma Enderle (Jim) and Lois Houp, sister-in-law Jeanne Dodd Streadwick, and beloved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sisters Martha Schmeing and Marian Artmeier. Visitation will take place from 10:30-11:30 AM Friday, July 15th at St. Agnes Church in Ft. Wright, KY. A mass of Christian burial will follow at 11:30. A reception will be held immediately following mass at the Adelaide Center at Madonna Manor, 2344 Amsterdam Rd., Villa Hills, KY. If you are interested in making a memorial donation, please consider Brighton Center, PO Box 325, Newport, KY 41072, Magnified Giving, 9940 Reading Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio 45241, and/or the Walter and Louise Schmeing Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o St. Henry High School 3813 Dixie Highway, Elsmere, KY 41018.