Shawnee Heights Fire District – Memorial Honor Page

Ricky “Rick” Joseph Schuetz

February 16, 1955  –  April 30, 2024

Ricky Joseph Schuetz, affectionately known as Rick to his family and friends, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on April 30, 2024, at Midland Care in Topeka, Kansas, after a

courageous battle with cancer. Born on February 16, 1955, in Hiawatha, Kansas, Rick’s journey through life was marked by an unwavering commitment to his loved ones.

Rick’s life was a testament to the power of love and family. He shared an enduring bond with his wife of 49 years, Peggy, a partnership that was the cornerstone of their family. Together, they raised three children: Brant (Becky) Schuetz of Hoyt, Kansas, Jared (Vanessa) Schuetz of San Diego, California, and Nicole (Jeremy) Becker of Valley Falls, Kansas. Rick’s role as a grandfather was one of his greatest joys, and he cherished every moment with his grandchildren: Garrett, Emma, Hadley, Connor, Kale, Bailey, Kason, and Camden, delighting in their achievements and milestones.

Rick was the brother of Pete (Nora) Schuetz, Donna Bottom, Cheryl (Pat) McAfee, Dale (Carol) Schuetz, Randy (Carrie) Schuetz, and Mary (Bill) Becker. He was a brother-in-law to Sharon Schuetz, and an uncle to numerous Nieces and Nephews. Rick was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Margaret Schuetz, his brother Bernie Schuetz, and his brother-in-law Jim Bottom.

Rick was a graduate of Horton High School, where he first met his beloved wife, Peggy. He began his professional journey as a Police Dispatcher in Horton, where he honed his skills in communication and crisis management. His dedication to public safety was further demonstrated through his tenure as Assistant Captain with the Topeka-Tecumseh Fire Department, and also through his work as an Emergency Medical Technician. Rick’s entrepreneurial spirit shone brightly as he ventured into business, becoming the owner-operator of Rick’s Oil Fueling Station and later, BNJ Trenching & Backhoe. His work ethic and expertise finally led him to become a respected member of Local 101 as a Heavy Equipment Operator, specializing in operating the track hoe.

Family gatherings were a source of great joy for Rick, as were the many sporting events and extracurricular activities he attended in support of his grandchildren. He was an avid outdoorsman, finding solace in camping, fishing, and hunting. Rick also possessed a creative spark, often found tinkering in his shop, building and fabricating items with a skill that spoke of his ingenuity. His hobbies extended to surfing auction websites and enjoying a quiet morning with coffee on the front porch. In retirement, Rick and Peggy took to traveling, exploring new places together and

creating lasting memories.

Those who knew Rick would describe him as loving, creative, and selfless. He had a heart that was always open to those around him, and he possessed a remarkable ability to make everyone feel valued and loved. His creative mind never ceased to amaze those who were lucky enough to witness his projects come to life. Above all, Rick’s selflessness was evident in every aspect of his life, from his professional roles to the way he cared for his family and friends.

Rick’s legacy is one of unwavering love, boundless creativity, and selfless dedication to his family and community. He will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him, and his memory will continue to inspire those he leaves behind.

As we say goodbye to Rick; Husband, Father and Grandfather, we celebrate a life well-lived and cherish the memories he leaves behind. His spirit will continue to inspire those who were fortunate enough to know him, and his impact will be felt for generations to come. Though he may be gone from our sight, Rick’s presence will forever be felt in the laughter of his grandchildren, the beauty of the great outdoors he so loved, and the countless lives he touched throughout his remarkable journey. His laughter, wisdom, and unwavering support will be missed, but the memories he created will forever be a source of comfort and strength for his family and friends.

Celebration of life will be held Saturday, May 4th, at the First Baptist Church, Hoyt Kansas from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Robert Allen Engler

November 22, 1935  –  April 27, 2024

Robert Allen “Bob” Engler, 88, of Topeka, KS, passed away Saturday, April 27, 2024, in the comfort of his own home with his family by his bedside.

He was born November 22, 1935, in Topeka, the son of Karl and Reeda (Bybee) Engler.

Bob farmed most of his life but did work at various other jobs.

He married Karen Kay Hahn on September 11, 1959, in Miami, OK. She survives. Other survivors include their three sons, Bill Engler, Bruce (Georgina) Engler, and Brad Engler. Four siblings, Linda Ives, Mary (Gail) Lee, David (Nancy) Engler, Bill (Tam) Engler and two grandchildren, Allen Engler and Keith Engler also survive.

Cremation has taken place. A private family service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Bob’s memory to Midland Care Hospice, 200 SW Frazier Circle, Topeka, KS 66606.