Richard Carl Schaan

Nov. 23, 1945-Sept. 19, 2017

Richard Carl Schaan,

the son of Carl Schaan

and Lois (Monger)

Schaan, was born in Rug-

by, North Dakota on No-

vember 23, 1945 and

passed peacefully sur-

rounded by his family on

Tuesday, September 19,

2017 at the Trinity Medi-

cal Center in Minot, North


At ten years of age,

Richard’s father injured

his neck and needed help,

so Richard jumped on a

tractor and stayed on one

until he harvested his last

acre less than three weeks

before he passed. Family

and farming defined

Richard’s life, and after he

married Sally Stone in

1966, he had his first

three children–Jill, Carl,

and Richard Jr. In the fall

of 1964 he worked at

Jacobson’s Clothing Store

and enjoyed working

there until he purchased a

Gulf oil business and later

purchased Johnny’s Auto

Sales which became

known as Schaan Oil all

while he continued to

farm with his father.

When the high grain

prices of the 1970’s gave

way to drought and lower

prices in the 1980’s,

Richard, like many farm-

ers, found himself fighting

to get back to where he

once was. But he had a

plan. Instead of planting

his crop in the Spring and

waiting to harvest in the

Fall, he seeded in the

Spring and then hauled

his combines to Kansas,

where winter wheat is cut

in early June. For twenty

years he custom harvested

from just after Memorial

Day until just before

Thanksgiving. From the

scorching hot Kansas

summers to the beginning

of our frigid North Dakota

winters, Richard, along

with his sons and the rest

of his crew, cut wheat,

barley, beans, corn, sun-

flowers- and loved every

minute of it.

It was also in the 80’s

that Richard met and mar-

ried Cindy Schmaltz on

September 21st, 1985,

who loved and took care

of him from the first day

they married until he took

his final breath three days

before their thirty-second

anniversary. Together

Richard and Cindy added

C&R Video to Schaan Oil,

and more importantly, to-

gether they had and raised

Richard’s last two chil-

dren–Crystal and Levi.

As the years went by,

Richard’s eldest son Carl

(later joined by Levi) took

on more farming responsi-bility, allowing Richard a

little more time to spend

with his five children and

his eight grandchildren,

as well as all the loving

members of the close-knit

Schmaltz family that he

married into. Richard

planted seeds every

Spring, harvested crops

every Fall, did snow re-

moval every Winter, and

loved his family all year

round. He worked for

them but also for a reason

that few are fortunate

enough to have–because,

hard as it was, for him,

work was fun.

Richard attended school

in Balta, ND graduating in

1964. He is survived by:

his wife Cindy; daughter

Jill Schaan, grandchildren

Rebecca, Aaron, Viktor

and Sophia; son Carl

(Bobbi) Schaan,

grandchildren Alek, Kage

and Kenna; son Richard

Schaan Jr.; daughter Cry-

stal (Amos) Grove, grand-

daughter Emalyn; son

Levi (Laura Harper)

Schaan; Glen Paul,

Richard’s right hand man;

mother Lois Schaan;

brother and sisters Wayne

(Ellie) Schaan, Carol

Anderson, Ruth (Wayne)

Thiel and Cindy (Mike)

Rubin; mother-in-law

Beatrice Schmaltz and

many other cherished

members of his extended

family and friends. He

was preceded in death

by: his father, Carl

Schaan; brother Jim

Schaan; and father-in-law

Augustin Schmaltz.

Mass of Christian Buri-

al will be held: at 11:00

a.m. Saturday, September

23 at Little Flower Cathol-

ic Church in Rugby with

burial in the church

cemetery. Father Tom

Graner, Celebrant and Fa-

ther Michael Schommer,


Visitation: will be from

5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Fri-

day with a Rosary and vi-

gil prayer service: begin-

ning at 7:00 p.m. at the

Anderson Funeral Home

in Rugby. Visitation: will

continue Saturday from

9:00 to 10:30 a.m. at the

funeral home. There will

be no reviewal at the


Arrangements with the

Anderson Funeral Home

of Rugby. Online registry: www.funerals