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Richard William Schouw

October 17, 1944 — July 16, 2023


Richard William Schouw

Richard W. Schouw, born October 17, 1944, passed on to be with the Lord from his home in Gulfport, MS, on Sunday, July 16, 2023. He was best known as Dick Schouw. His wife of 56 years, Joanne, and son, Damon, we’re at his bedside. He is also survived by daughter, Anne Schouw of Washington, DC, grandson, Andrew Schouw of California and brother, Charles Schouw of Arizona. 

Following his retirement from 38 years of IBM service, Dick with his wife, Joanne, came to Mississippi as volunteers to help rebuild the gulf coast following Hurricane Katrina. Dick had a determination for task completion, heart of love and spirit of service, which combined to draw him into volunteerism. While living in Gulfport, Dick led a Saturday morning men’s Bible study under an oak tree in North Gulfport, worked with Harrison County RSVP, worked with 8 Days of Hope to serve others with disaster relief, served on the LVPOA Board of Directors and was dedicated to serving his church, First Baptist Church of Long Beach, MS. 

As a youth, Dick earned the rank of Eagle Scout with BSA. Dick’s education included graduating from Northport High School in NY, graduating from Cal Poly Pomona, with a BS in Mathematics & earning an MBA from UCLA School of Business. 

The family has decided against having a memorial service for Dick at this time. His body will be cremated with the ashes to be scattered on the gulf waters at a later date. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to Deaconess Hospice Care who graciously helped in Dick’s final days of in home care. 

Online condolences may be offered at 

Riemann Family Funeral Home, Gulfport, is serving the family.

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