Hansen-Spear Funeral Home – Quincy, Illinois

John Schleppenbach

John Michael Schleppenbach, 71, passed away peacefully in his home on February 24, 2014.

John Schleppenbach | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, ILHe 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

Website: www.hansenspear.com

Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.

  1. Barb, and family so sorry for your loss our prayers are with you and your family at this time of loss. My boys always enjoyed stopping and visiting with you and the beagles on your daily walks. Gods peace be with you.

  2. Barb:

    We were dumbstruck to hear of John’s passing. You and your family have our heart-felt condolences. As Missouri Folklore Society members, we usually only saw him once or twice a year, but we also corresponded occasionally about Society business and his work with the Hyatt materials. Jim had hoped to finally talk him into doing a book on the Missouri French. We will miss him terribly.

  3. Barb, I wish you and your family comfort and peace. John gave so much to so many for so long, and the tributes to his enormous capacity for sharing are here for all to see. It was a privilege to know him.

  4. As an alumni of QU (2001) it is always a shock to hear of one’s passing, especially someone who we have been in contact with even for a short time. We often take life for granted, and it passes by too quickly. We are taught how to live, but rarely taught how to die. Each life is so precious. Dr. Schleppenback will be missed by Quincy University as well as the community in which he lived. My deepest condolences to the family, and may they find peace during this most difficult time. God bless you!

  5. It was a shock to lose such a mentor in my life. He was a man who could saw the greatness in others and made them see it too. He, as well as Barb, changed my life for the better and I cannot fully express my appreciation. I will never forget him.

  6. I was shocked and saddened to learn of John’s death. What a long and fruitful record of service to QU. Barb, you two were so compatible and happy. His death is a great loss to all who knew and loved him.

  7. What a terrible shock for John to be gone. When we last spoke I just assumed that we would have many more wonderful conversations and fun filled family times together. Although we live out West we have always felt a special closeness for our Quincy relatives. We have wonderful memories of times spent with you all. I was always awed at John’s breadth of knowledge and yet he was so gentle and kind that being with him was always a joy. We know that John has gone to be with Jesus and in our times we will meet him again in heaven. Siggy, Torrey and I are praying that the Lord’s peace which passes understanding will enfold you at this time and bring you comfort. God’s blessings to you all. With love.

  8. Please accept my sympathy for the loss in your family. John was a well-respected man and will be greatly missed by many.

  9. We were so sorry to hear of your loss. We know John was a very special man. Our prayers are with you all.

  10. We would like to send our condolences to family and friends of John. Many of us saw him at our 50th class reunion and had a wonderful time reliving our high school years. We will keep all of you in our prayers during this very difficult time. Doris Yohnk Behnke. Class of 1961.

  11. Dear Barbara and Family,
    I last saw John at our 50th class reunion in Chippewa Falls and marveled at how wonderful he looked and how gracious and kind he was. I found him to be a gentle, caring person, much like he was in high school. He was an intelligent man and he surpassed our expectations. His legacy is left to those he taught and touched. Please accept my love and prayers for all of you as you adjust to your loss. May God bless him for all that he accomplished.

  12. Jay and family,

    So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. I never met him, but knowing you I am convinced he left a caring and accomplished legacy. Will check out the MO Folklore Society to learn about the work he did and the culture he loved.
    Peace & song,

  13. Barb —

    So sorry to hear about John’s sudden passing. John was respected and liked by everyone, and was a great representative for Quincy U. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  14. Barb and Family:

    My sincerest condolences on your passing. Dr. John was one of my favorite professors when I attended Quincy College (91 grad).

  15. Jay and Family–
    I was so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Please know that you’re in my thoughts, and the thoughts of all of the cast members of the Bar Show.
    Sending you love.

  16. When my late wife, Randa, immigrated to this country, John was instrumental in easing her transition into Quincy College, and to her new country and new culture. His endless support and friendliness will forever be appreciated.

  17. I remember having “Dr. John” as a communications professor at Quincy University and he introduced me to Judge Hunter at QuincyNet.

    He always made time for me inside and outside of the classroom during my undergraduate and graduate studies.

    He will be missed.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

    – Chris Ionta
    2004 QU Undergraduate
    2007 QU MBA Graduate

  18. Barb…it has been a long time since we communicated, but I want to express my dearest sympathy during this time of loss…as the years pass without your beloved husband, you will take joy in the remembrance of those precious times when he was with you and your family. John will forever live in your hearts and memories. Thinking of you at this time of mourning.

  19. Barb, Although I never met your husband, throughout the years I have only heard wonderful things about him. Just tonight one of my cousins called and was telling me how he admired John. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of the family.

  20. Dear Barbara and Family,

    Please accept my most sincere sympathy on the death of John. I remember him well when I was stationed at Quincy University Friary during the 1990’s. I had John for a class in Business Communications when I was studying for a degree in Business Administration which I finished in 1998. May God’s peace and serenity be with your family during this time of sorrow. May God bless all of you. — Bro. James, O.F.M.

  21. Barb and Family,

    If my dad and I are feeling such a great emptiness with the passing of John, we can only imagine the pain and heartache you are suffering. We are so terribly sorry for your loss. John was a kind, caring and generous man. He made a huge impact on my mom’s life and, therefore, on ours. My family is better for knowing him and grateful that he entered our lives. The QU community will never be the same. Please accept our condolences and know we are holding you in our thoughts and prayers. -Alisa and Joe

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