Obituary for Wisconsin Guernsey Breeder Richard Schomburg

Everyone at Cowsmopolitan wishes to pass along our most sincere condolences and sympathies to the family and friends of Richard Schomburg, Wisconsin Guernsey Breeder.

WEST SALEM — Richard Schomburg, 73, of West Salem went to his heavenly home Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, in his sleep at home.

He was born to Fritz and Myrtle (Hauser) Schomburg Feb. 15, 1942, in La Crosse. Richard was baptized and confirmed at Christ Ev. Lutheran Church, West Salem. He graduated from West Salem High School, class of 1961. On Sept. 12, 1964, Richard was united in marriage to Barbara Witte, his high school sweetheart and best friend. Together enjoying 52 years together. Rich and Barb were blessed with three children, Kathy, Todd and Debbie. He was very proud of each of his eight grandchildren, and found so much joy in being their grandpa. Rich was passionate about farming, Guernsey cattle shows and conventions, John Deere tractors, Green Bay Packers, reading, road trips, and spending time with family and friends. He was present and past officer, director, and member of several organizations including: Hamilton Town Board, La Crosse Co. Agricultural Society, West Salem Fire District Committee, Tri-State Milk Co-op, Our Savior’s Church Council, Wisconsin Guernsey Breeders, and West Central Wisconsin Guernsey Breeders.

Rich is survived by his loving wife, Barb; daughter, Kathy (Don) Langrehr and their children, Jaymes, Kirstie, and Jenna; son, Todd (Julie) Schomburg and their children, Sam, Logan and Jillian; daughter, Debbie (Steve) Nuttleman and their children, Alyssa and Kate; two sisters, Lois (Robert) Elliott and Linda (David) Werner; brother, Gary (Pamela) Schomburg; sister-in-law, Colleen Dunnum; several nieces and nephews; two dear aunts, Irene Hauser and Fern Hauser; and many cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Karl, in infancy, and Arlen; niece, Beverly in infancy; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bernard and Adeline Witte; and several aunts and uncles.

He will be dearly missed by family and friends.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 359 N. Leonard St., West Salem. Pastors Jonathan and Jean Schmidt will officiate. Burial will be in Neshonoc Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, and from 10 a.m. until the time of service Saturday both at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in West Salem. Memorials may be directed to Our Saviors Lutheran Church in West Salem, La Crosse County Agricultural Society, West Salem First Responders, or a charity of the donor’s choice. Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory, Jostad Chapel, West Salem, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent at

“Rest peacefully with God’s Angels, My Love.”