Robert M. "Sam" Schute

Robert M. "Sam" Schute

Robert M. “Sam” Schute, age 77, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully at 12:15 a.m., Saturday, December 28, 2013, at Dubuque Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of natural causes. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 31, 2013, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 1701 Rhomberg Ave. with Rev. Alan J. Dietzenbach officiating. To celebrate Sam’s life friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 31, 2013, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 1701 Rhomberg Ave. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Sam was born on March 31, 1936, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Adelbert E. and Florence M. (Koehler) Schute.

Sam graduated from Loras Academy in 1954. He served in the Co. A Iowa National Guard from 1954-1965. Sam followed in his father’s footsteps graduating from Barber school in 1957. He worked with his father at Schute’s Barber Shop on University Ave. in Dubuque. Sam married the love of his life, Shirley A. Rank on November 26, 1959, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. They shared 54 years of wonderful memories together. Sam worked for John Deere, retiring in 1989 after 30 years of service. He was a member of United Auto Workers Local 94 and the John Deere retirees. Sam and Shirley owned and operated the Rhomberg Dairy Queen from 1982 – 2000. After officially retiring you would find Sam puttering around the house, landscaping, making or repairing something. He loved helping the children with home improvement projects and always kept busy. Sam was Assistant Scout Master at Holy Trinity Troop 16 and a member of the Order of the Arrow. Sam taught his children self-reliance and pride in a job well done, they owe their success to him. He was a dedicated Chicago Cubs and Bear fan. Sam enjoyed golfing, fishing, gambling on the riverboat, playing cards, games and puzzles with his family. Sam taught all of his children and grandchildren how to fish, and many great memories were made at the lake house in Clear Lake and on the Mississippi.

Sam is survived by,
his loving wife of 54 years,
Shirley Schute, Dubuque, IA,

his children,
Sandy (Rex) Piper, Mauldin, SC,
Steve (Tina) Schute,
Connie Schute,
Chris (Dan) Boxleiter, all of Dubuque,

6 grandchildren,
Amber Piper, Alex and Casey Schute, Ben, Anthony and Kim Boxleiter,

his brother,
Jim (Pat) Schute, Dubuque, IA.

Sam was preceded in death by his parents and his in-laws, Raymond and Pearl (Hedrick) Rank.

The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to Dr. Salas and his staff, the nurses and staff at The Finley Hospital, Manor Care Health Services and Dubuque Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for all the care, patience and love they showed Sam.

In lieu of flowers a Robert M. “Sam” Schute memorial fund has been established.

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Funeral Service

12/31/2013 11:00 AM

Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Catholic Church
1700 Rhomberg Ave, Dubuque IA 52001
December 31st, 2013 at 11:00 AM

7 condolences for Robert M. "Sam" Schute
  1. Joe Zwack says:

    Our family lived only about 200 feet from the Schute home, which was on the corner of Harvard and Oxford. Sam was 3 years older, but we were friends. Went fishing with Sam and his boat many times. Sam and his dad cut my hair many times. The Schutes had one of the very first television sets in the neighborhood, and we often watched TV there. I could tell many stories of the good times. Sam was an all-around good guy.

    You have my sympathy on Sam’s passing.

  2. Carole and Ron Eilers says:

    “The best and most beautiful things in life cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt in the heart” Helen Keller

    Dear Steve..Ron and I are wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.

    Your Dad had a wonderful spirit and he passed that onto you.

    You, your mother and sisters are in our prayers

  3. Leora Bemboom says:

    I’m a customer at the Jewelry Box and want to send my deepest sympathy
    to Connie and her siblings.
    Leora Bemboom

  4. Maureen Kleiner says:

    Shirley & family, so sorry to hear that Sam has passed away. I helped care for Sam at Manor Care. He was a joy to be around and he always made all of us smile. He will be missed by anyone that knew him. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


  5. Dan and Jackie Zauche says:

    I would always greet him @ DUB nursing since my Dad moved in a year ago. He was always an excellent individual, and I enjoyed our discussions. Recently, we connected that Ben works for Jackie @ Colony brands. We offer our sympathies to all of you for your loss.
    is His service,

  6. Ed and Theresa Deppe says:

    Dear Shirley and family:; Ed and I offer our sympathy on Sam’s death. It has been a long time since we were neighbors, but we always remember you. Never forget how Sam had to stop at the house late one night to tell us about your twins!! That was an exciting time. Again our sympathy…we thought we might get to the funeral today, but cannot make it. Sorry about that. Sincerely Ed and Theresa Deppe

  7. Don & Lois Lent says:

    Shirley, Sandy, Steve, Connie & Chris,
    We just found out yesterday that Sam had died. We are so sorry and wish to
    offer our sincere sympathy. He was a great guy–a good friend to us and to
    our kids! I’m sure you will miss him very much. He will long be remembered.
    Love, Don & Lois

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