John Michael Schleppenbach, 71, passed away peacefully in his home on February 24, 2014.
He was born on January 22, 1943 in Muskegon, Michigan, a son of Cecilia (Gauthier) and George Schleppenbach. They preceded him in death. He married Barbara (Aschemann) Schleppenbach in 1977, and they were happily married in Quincy, Illinois until his death. She survives, as do his loving children Jay (Ian Millington) Schleppenbach, Meg (David) Bates, and David (Wendi) Schleppenbach.
John worked at Quincy University from 1972 until his death. He was a well-loved Professor of Communication. He worked tirelessly to improve the lives of students and others at the University. He started the student internship program, which allowed university students to participate in internships at local businesses. He developed the Ameritech Center for Communication and the Learning Skills Center. He was also a member of the Missouri Folklore Society and worked for many years with famed folklorist Harry Hyatt.
He received his bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature from University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, his master’s degree in Medieval Literature from University of Washington, and his Ph.D. in Linguistics and Folklore from Florida State University (Tallahassee). In his free time, he was a member of the Catfish Club and Socrates Café and was interested in technology, languages, and religion. He was an avid Cubs and Packers fan and a devoted owner of two pet beagles, DJ and Boo.
He is survived by brothers Dave Schleppenbach of Bloomer, Wisconsin, and Jim Schleppenbach of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, by sisters Jeanne (Ralph) Preall of Springville, California, and Arline (Scott) Taylor of River Falls, Wisconsin, and by numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brothers Bob and Tony Schleppenbach.
Services: Saturday, March 1, 2014 11:00 a.m. at Quincy University Chapel, with Fr. John Doctor officiating
Burial: Calvary Cemetery
Visitation: Thursday, February 27, 2014 4:00 – 6:00 pm at Quincy University Chapel
Memorials: Quincy University Department of Communication or a charity of the donor’s choice
Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.