No services for Alvin H. Schild, 96, of Lawrence are planned. Inurnment will take place at Pioneer Cemetery, Lawrence at a later date. He died of pneumonia and the flu on Monday, January 14, 2013, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, in the company of his family.
Al was born on July 10, 1916, in Quincy, WA, the son of Peter and Bertha E. (Grossrich) Schild.
He served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII as a 1st Lieutenant.
He attended the University of Iowa where he received his BA, MA, and a Ph.D in economics.
He was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa, Order of Artus, Pi Sigma Alpha.
Al was an Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Kansas, where he had taught since 1949. He started his teaching career in the original Fraser Hall, where his family used to visit on their tricycles. He retired in June 1982. After retirement, he and his wife, Joyce, and youngest daughter, Crystal, finished a home on Clinton Lake where they lived for many years. Al was known for his sense of humor, as a supportive and loving husband, father and grandfather, a poker and bridge player, and for his woodworking expertise. His final residence was Presbyterian Manor.
Al was married to Joyce J. McKercher on April 14, 1949, in Norwood, MN. She survives, of the home.
Other survivors include three daughters, Linda K. Twitchell, Bellingham, WA, Darcy Schild, Lawrence, Crystal Schild-Carstens, and husband, Ken, San Antonio, TX; four grandchildren; a brother, Marcus Schild, Fort Dodge, IA, and many nieces and nephews.
The family suggests memorials in his name to the charity of the donor’s choice. These may be sent in care of the mortuary.
My uncle Al was there for my family and me whenever we asked. He was always rock solid, low key, and caring. He will be sorely missed.
I did not get to know Al as well as I might have wished, but I remember working with him and others on the old school house building that was to become the home of the Lawrence Unitarian Fellowship in the nineteen-sixties. He and Joyce have been my good neighbors during the two and a half years I have been living at Presbyterian Manor, and I take this opportunity to send the entire family my condolences.
Dr. Schild was my undergraduate advisor from 1966-1968. I appreciated the effort he made with this fledgling teacher who had not the foggiest idea how to get through KU. Four degrees later, I’m now ready to retire from JCCC after 45 years in education. Thank you, Dr. Schild.