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Rolf J. Schnack
Mr. Rolf J. Schnack, 88, of DeWitt, died peacefully Friday afternoon, May 12, 2017, at Westwing Place in DeWitt.

Rolf John Helmut Schnack was born Jan. 24, 1929, in Kiel, Germany, to Albert and Agnes Schnack Oppermann. He was educated in German schools, receiving his master's degree in music performance from Lubeck Conservatory of Music. Rolf performed as a concert clarinetist and as a consummate musician. He also played accordion and piano. On March 24, 1951, Rolf married Edith Luise Schnack in Kiel, where daughters Heidi and Monica were born. The family immigrated to the United States in March 1957, and were blessed with three sons, Michael, Thomas, and Rick. The family resided in DeWitt, where the couple owned and operated Schnack Piano Service and E-Z Wash Laundromat. They retired to Lake of the Ozarks and returned to DeWitt in 2003. Edith preceded Rolf in death Nov. 10, 2009.

He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in DeWitt. Some of his fondest memories were playing his accordion at various gatherings of family and friends. Rolf loved the years spent living at Lake of the Ozarks, where he could drive his boat every day. He loved time spent with his dear family and friends.  Music was his life.

Surviving are two daughters, Heidi (Garner) Mattingly of Ada, Oklahoma, and Dr. Monica Schnack of Bloomington, Illinois; two sons, Thomas (Christy) Schnack of Hitchcock, Texas, and Rick (Connie) Schnack of DeWitt; eight grandchildren, Karin (Cody) Allen, Jon Mattingly, Jami, Kara, Katelynn, Nikki, Kaden and Silence Schnack; and several great-grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, Rolf was preceded in death by a son, Michael, and his parents.

The family will receive relatives and friends at Schultz Funeral Home in DeWitt from 4 until 7 p.m. Thursday, May 18. A service of Christian burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 19, at Grace Lutheran Church in DeWitt. Burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery in DeWitt.

Memorials may be made to Westwing Place or Grace Lutheran Church.

Pallbearers will be grandchildren Jon Mattingly, Cody Allen, and Katelynn and Nikki Schnack, as well as Alex Pappas and Taylan Dunlavey.

Condolences may be expressed and a photo tribute viewed at schultzfuneralhomes.com

"Thanks for the music, Dad."


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