On July 19th, 2017 Keith E. Schilder, age 81, of Hot Springs Village, AR, left this earthly life to spend eternity with his Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. He is survived by Inge, his loving wife and best friend of 58 years. Next to the Lord, she was the best gift this life gave him, along with his family. He is further survived by son Scott (wife Adele), granddaughter Rachel of Woodstock, IL; and son Kevin (wife Pamela), grandson Bradley and granddaughter Lauren of Monticello, WI. In addition, he is survived by sister-in-law Judy Schilder and brother-in-law Harry Franke (wife Lois), along with nephews and nieces.
Keith was born in Milwaukee, WI on May 7, 1936, son of Victor and Myrtle Schilder, both deceased. He was also preceded in death by three brothers Robert, Glenn and Warren. He attended Keefe Ave Grade School, Rufus King High School and graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee with a BS degree in Economics. Keith and his family lived most of their lives in Menomonee Falls, WI prior to moving to Arkansas.
Keith was a retired Assistant Vice President of Firstar Corp. (now US Bank) in Milwaukee WI, where he worked for 31 years, retiring in July, 1991. He was a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking. In addition, Keith served in both the active Army and the reserves for 21 years, retiring with the rank of Lt. Colonel. During that time, he graduated from the Command and General Staff College, plus taught and attended various other military courses. He also enjoyed attending classes at both Moody Bible and Berean Bible Extension Schools.
Keith and his wife, Inge, were members of Village Bible Church, where he was privileged to serve as Chairman of the Elder Board, teach adult Sunday School, serve on pastoral search and building committees, and sing in the choir.
A memorial service is planned for 10:00 AM on Thursday, July 27th at Village Bible Church in Hot Springs Village. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Village Bible Church. The earthly body will be cremated and interned in Milwaukee, WI.
The Lord said He was going to prepare a place for those who love and believe in Him. He would then return for those believers. He came back for Keith, and that is where Keith is now.
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Keith was a neighbor-turned-dear-friend. After my husband went to be with the Lord 24 years ago, Keith, Inge, and I did virtually everything together - church events, concerts and other Woodlands Auditorium programs. They had the unique ability to make me feel like I was never 'the third wheel' - it was just 'us.' I so loved them both - and am happy for Keith as he is now in the presence of his Savior. And I will see him again. Praise God!
Keith was all I could have prayed for in a brother-in-law. He was kind and gentle, but most of all, he lived to please the Lord. He had a great sense of humor which he used liberally. He was the brother I never had, always concerned for my welfare, a close and dear friend, a blessing to all who knew him. So long for now, Keith, until the Lord calls me home. Love, Judy