The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

November 15, 2013

Roger Schackmann

The Commercial-News

DANVILLE —  Roger Schackmann, 63, of Danville, passed away at 3:08 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

He was born Jan. 17, 1950, in Danville to Walter and Mary Jane Waclaw Schackmann.

He married Mary Snyder on Aug. 25, 1980, in Las Vegas Nevada. She survives.

Also surviving are a son, Christopher (Jenna Harbaugh) Schackmann of San Diego, Calif.; a brother, Steve Schackmann of Vernon Hills, Ill.; and a sister, Ann Kuntz of Danville. He was preceded in death by a son, Aaron Schackmann, and his parents.

Roger was an interesting man who enjoyed life to the fullest. His experiences lead him around the world, including the U.S., South America, and Europe and included time spent petting alligators and a particularly precarious small-engine plane landing in the French Alps. His widened world view also was a result of the time he spent in the Army in Germany. Roger certainly didn’t need to travel across the globe to gather story materials, he could find adventure anywhere. Whether a simple trip to the grocery store or visiting his son at school, he could always find an adventure in his experiences and tell an epic story.

Roger also will be remembered as a person whose amiable personality allowed him to make a friend anywhere he went. His time was often well spent hunting and antiquing with his good friend, Bob Nelson. Roger and Bob could many times be found combing flea markets or rummage sales for a deal on a one of a kind item. He also enjoyed gardening and making hot sauce and anything to do with nature.

The family also would like to thank Brenda Miller and Roger’s work family at AT&T, as well as his golf buddies and the other many important friends in his life for their compassion and support during these difficult times.

A service to celebrate the life of Roger Schackmann will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, A Life Celebration Home, in Danville. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, also at Sunset in Danville. Memorials in Roger’s name may be made to the Vermilion County Conservation District.

Please join Roger’s family in sharing memories, photos, and video of his life through his Tribute Wall at


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