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(July 2, 1924 - June 21, 2007)
The Lusk Herald
June 27, 2007
Robert Paul Edward Schliske
Robert Paul Edward Schliske, 82, a founder of Laramie County Community College and a former Wyoming legislator, died June 21 at the Davis Hospice Center. Services were held on June 27, at Ascension Lutheran Church with the Rev. Paul Everett officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Gardens.
Born July 2, 1924, in a farmhouse east of Fort Dodge, Iowa, to Paul and Hattie Hansch Schliske, Mr. Schliske moved that same year to Carpenter, Wyo., where he graduated from high school. During World War II he served in the Navy Air Corps as a radio operator.
Mr. Schliske earned a bachelor's degree in agriculture education and a master's degree in educational administration from the University of Wyoming.
Returning to Carpenter High School in 1950, Mr. Schliske taught vocational agriculture for 13 years and was adviser to its FFA chapter, which was selected best in Wyoming for eight years in a row and received a national gold emblem award twice. He holds the Wyoming State Farmer FFA degree.
In 1963, Mr. Schliske moved to Cheyenne, where he worked for the state of Wyoming first as director of civil defense adult education and then as director of manpower development and training.
In March 1969, Mr. Schliske became one of the first employees of Laramie County Community College, serving as dean of vocational-technical education and then as dean of instruction until his retirement in 1984.
Mr. Schliske represented Laramie County in the Wyoming Legislature from 1971-75. From 1977-78, he served on the board of directors of the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce.
He was a member of Ascension Lutheran Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and Cheyenne Airport Golf Club. Formerly, he was president of the Wyoming Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association and a member of Phi Delta Kappa, Alpha Tau Alpha, Civitan Club, Lions Club and the Wyoming Senior Golfers Association.
Mr. Schliske enjoyed golfing, gardening, traveling, playing pool and cards, telling stories (some of them true) and making peanut brittle at Christmas for his many friends.
In 1947, he married Helen Jean Konig of Grover, Colo., who died in 1976. In 1980, he married Rosalind Routt in Cheyenne.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Elmer, Hilbert and Ronald Schliske; and two sisters, Edna Gallina and Elsie Penwell.
In addition to his wife, Rosalind, Mr. Schliske is survived by a son, Robert P. Schliske II, of Cheyenne; three daughters, Laura Wright, of Cheyenne, Debra Rose, of Lusk, and Chris Black, of Greeley; two sisters, Esther Hagemann, of Denver, and Eleanor Romsa, of Los Angeles; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, Brian Wright, Chad Rose, Brent Rose, Raymond Schliske and Aaron Adams, and sons-in-law, Richard Wright, Randy Rose and Sean Black.
Those who prefer may contribute to the Robert and Rosalind Schliske Scholarship in care of the LCCC Foundation, 1400 E. College Drive, Cheyenne, WY 82007.
Services are under the direction of Wiederspahn/Radomsky Chapel of the Chimes.
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