William Dean Schilling, 85, died with his family and friends by his side on May 28, 2017 at his home in Murray, Utah. He is survived by his wife Thelma, sons Scott and Mark, daughters Julie, Geraldine, and Marie.
Bill was born on August 23, 1931 and grew up in Lafayette, Indiana. He was a blessed man that lived the equivalent of two full lives. He was a tough yet kind father who taught his children how to be independent. He instilled strong values in his children that helped them all succeed in life.
He served in United States Marine Corps and came across as being a stern individual. However, for those that knew him well, they saw that Bill had a kind and generous heart. He took care of everyone he knew. He ensured that all of Scott's friends had a summer job at the parks department where Bill worked for many years. He guided his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews with the same stern but kind heart. Bill was respected and loved by many.
Bill was a teacher for many years. This was a perfect profession for him as he enjoyed using his skills to challenge his students to become better individuals by providing them with endless homework and strict grading scales. He prided himself on being a hard worker throughout his life, so he would work at least two jobs to help provide a better future for his family. Hard work was a core value that he instilled in his children and grandchildren. He always said that "you can achieve anything you want in life as long as you are willing to work hard for it." Bill would tell many stories of how some people told him he would not be able to accomplish things in life and laughed at him for his dreams of attending college. Little did these people know, is that Bill took those comments as a challenge to prove them all wrong. He worked hard and supported himself to achieve his dreams. His hard work paid off when he became a proud alumnus of Purdue University where he obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degree in Physical Education.
Retirement was difficult for him to face at first, but having to keep up with his wife and grandchildren kept him very busy. Bill held a soft spot for all his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed every moment he could spend with them. Bill made every effort to have a relationship with his all his children and grandchildren.
For anyone that had the privilege of knowing Bill, they have been truly touched by his generosity, kind heart, and feisty personality. We will miss his witty and smart-alecky comments. Although our time with Bill has been cut short, we were sincerely blessed to have had Bill in our lives.
A memorial service will be on August 12, 2017 at the Memorial Holladay Cemetery, 4900 South Memory Lane, Holladay, UT 84117.