October 25, 2013


Dennis Henry Schechinger, 71, of Laguna Woods, Calif., Friday, died Oct. 18, 2013, after a long battle with mesothelioma.

The Celebration of Life will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at O'Connor Mortuary.

Dennis was born April 30, 1942, in Carroll, Iowa, to Phyllis Mae Hocking and Leonard Otto Schechinger. He grew up in Carroll and graduated in 1962 from Kuemper Catholic High School, where he excelled in football. He married his high school sweetheart, Lois Loretta Kasperbauer, on Feb. 23, 1963. He moved to Lomita, Calif., when he joined the Navy. After 4½ years in the Navy, he worked at Douglass Aerospace and went to college, graduating two years later. He had an enjoyable career with Xerox where he worked as a technical representative from 1968 until 1973. After "retiring" early, he began the business that made him a success, real estate. He continued to work on his investments properties until his death. He enjoyed his career of helping people, and had a great talent for fixing things.

He was a happy, friendly and generous man whose greatest pleasure was making others happy. When he bought a new computer he gave the old one to the gardener, because he had chatted with him and found out that the gardener could use it. He counted many of his tenants and workers as friends as he cared about each of them. He enjoyed trips with his family. He regularly took his family camping in Yosemite, fishing at Bass Lake and even tried to hike Mount Whitney. Every other year he drove halfway across the country to visit his family in Iowa.

More recently he enjoyed music, dancing and golf. He regularly went to local jazz festivals and stayed all weekend. Once he was known to have danced with every girl in the bar when he went out. When he danced the polka your feet didn't touch the ground as you flew around. Dennis had a passion for golf. After he started playing there was rarely a week that passed in which he didn't play. He found a way to play golf even while on vacation. Dennis was a longtime member of the South Course Men's club where he served as club president for four years, and 20 years as tournament chairman. Recently he expanded his vacations to include Alaska, New Orleans, Washington, D.C., and China with Maria Chih Fong Chu.

Dennis is survived by his mother Phyllis Schechinger; daughters Lorie Jean Garland and Linda Sue Waldman; son Darrin James Schechinger; brothers Dean Schechinger, Duane Schechinger and Dale Schechinger; sisters Joyce McAllister-Ditz, Jane Christiansen, Jo Schechinger, Jill Smith, Julie Accola, Janell Schechinger and Jean Scott; granddaughters Michelle Waldman and Mutiara Schechinger; grandson Kevin Waldman; and many other loved friends and family.

Dennis was predeceased by his father, Leonard Schechinger, on June 11, 1984; and his sister Janice Schechinger, on Oct. 21, 2000.

A memorial Scholarship has been set up in his honor. Donations can be sent to Cerritos College www.cerritos.edu/foundation click on the "Give Now" button, then click on "Other" and write "Schechinger Scholarship" to direct the donation to his scholarship, finally put in your donation information. If you prefer to write a check, make it out to "Cerritos College Foundation". Identify the scholarship on the memo line. Or give to your favorite charity.