Richard “Rick” Dale Schlotman, age 64, formerly of Lawrence Kansas, entered into eternal rest
on Friday the 29 th of May. Rick was born to James and Norma Lee Schlotman in Independence KS on
December 30 th 1955. In passing Rick has been reunited with his mother and father as well as his sisters
Jill and Jan and his brothers Dennis, Jim, and Bobby. Rick is survived by his Wife of 42 years Shelly,
Daughter Lissa and her husband Victor Heffner, Son Jason and his sister Jody Gregor. Ricks legacy of
hard work and kindness will also be carried on through his grandchildren whom he dearly loved – Kira,
Isabell, Abby, and Autumn as well as the blessing of a great grandchild who is on the way.
Rick graduated from Independence High School and received an Associates of Science degree
from Johnson County Community College. He was an ASE certified automotive technician and had an
aptitude for understanding mechanical functions and making repairs. He put his skills to great use as an
Automotive Tech at Jim Clark Motors in Lawrence KS where he worked for many years. Rick spent the
last 8 years of his life working for HorizonPSI in Lawrence, KS, where he employed his skills as a Welder
Rick was a kind man who will always be remembered for his hard work, honesty, and genuine
love for those in his life. His love for his family was his motivation in all he did. He was always quick to
strike up a friendly conversation and give you a warm smile. He was a person who could fix anything
and make anything. He truly was gifted in his abilities as evidenced by the large telescope he was able
to build making the pieces himself as well as a computer he built. He loved nature and shared that love
whenever he could, whether it was trips to Colorado, making memories with his kids camping or taking
the grandkids on a hike he would always share the wonders of nature with those he loved when he had
a chance. Outer Space and Space Exploration were always a passion of his and he had the honor of
being the President of the Astronomy Club at Kansas University for some time. As part of being the
Astronomy Club President he would share his love and knowledge of outer space with local school
students. He was a great steward of his knowledge and talents and loved to share them with all.
Rick will be dearly missed but his love and wisdom lives on through his family that he cherished.
If you wish to honor his memory then give someone a kind smile or spend a little extra time with your
family. The world would be a better place if we were all a little more like Rick was.
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