Richard Daniel Schofield |

Richard Daniel Schofield


Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2004 for Richard Daniel Schofield, 86, of Carson City who passed away on Dec. 8, 2004 at his home.

He was surrounded by his loved ones after a courageous battle with cancer.

Services will be held at McFarlane Mortuary in South Lake Tahoe at 12:30 p.m. Burial will be at Happy Homestead Cemetery.

Richard was born the second of four children on Feb. 27, 1918 in Salt Lake City to Clyde and Clara Schofield.

He was preceded in death by sons Richard Daniel and Michael Morgan Schofield, his mother and father and two brothers, Robert and Reid Schofield.

He is survived by his loving wife, Lola J. Schofield of Carson City, son Richard Lawrence Schofield of Sacramento, sister Claudia Fairbanks of Minden, Nev., granddaughter Heidi Schofield-Reopelle and two great-grandchildren, James and Jordan Schofield of Butte, Mont. Also, long time childhood friend of 81 years, William Dobson of Reno.

Richard and Lola were married Aug. 24, 1940 at Fallen Leaf Lake. Richard began his career in the hotel industry at the Hotel Utah in Salt Lake City in 1934.

Except for a brief stint proudly serving his country in World War II, he joined the U.S. Forestry Engineers from 1943 to 1946, serving with the 1612th Engineering Forestry Battalion in the New Guinea campaign. He also served in the Dutch East Indies and Philippines.

After his return from military duty, he returned to the hotel business and managed many leading hotels throughout the United States, including Hawaii. In 1959 he and his family returned to Lake Tahoe to build Schofield’s Tahoe Chalet while working at Harveys.

During this time he became a member of the board of trustees at Barton Memorial Hospital.

He was also a member of Golden Empire Council board, as well as Boy Scouts of America. In 1969 he was selected Boss of the Year by the Lake of the Sky Chapter of the National Secretaries Association International. He was also involved in many other organizations.

In 1970 he left the Sahara Hotel in Stateline to become vice president and director of operations for all Dell Webb Hotels in Las Vegas.

In 1974 he left Dell Webb to take a position with ITT Sheraton Corporation as the executive vice president and assistant director of Europe, Africa, the Middle East and India.

During this time he traveled extensively, visiting almost every country in the world, having homes in Beruit, Belgium and England until 1989 when he returned to the United States to work for Sheraton in Palm Springs.

He retired and returned to Nevada in 1990.

Richard will be greatly missed and remembered for his generosity, kindness, sense of humor and willingness to help others further their careers.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Mary’s Hospice of Reno, 3605 Grant Drive, Reno, NV, 89509.

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