Richard F. Schuerger

December 10, 1933August 12, 2013

Schuerger, Richard 1933- 2013 Bonita

Dick passed away peacefully at home on August 12,2013 with his family by his side. He lived a full and rewarding life as a naval officer, beginning his career in 1952 and retiring in 1982. Dick served aboard a number of ships, and experienced many different cultures. Through the Navy, he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering at the University of Idaho. He furthered his education by earning both his Master’s and Doctoral Degrees in Education through UCLA. Once Dick retired, he enjoyed his passions of spending time traveling with his wife, gardening, and playing the organ. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Margaret, his four daughters, Karen, Peggy, Patty, and Allison, their spouses, and five grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church, 1200 East H Street, Chula Vista, California 91910 at 1:30 p.m. followed by burial at Glen Abbey Mortuary , 3838 Bonita Road, Bonita, California 91902. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Wounded Warrior Project.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, August 17, 2013

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Mark D

June 23, 2016

CO USS Fresno 1978 to 1981, Great Man. \\m//

John McGuire

July 5, 2015

Greatest Skipper I ever served under...would have followed him into hell..

September 10, 2013

CDR. Schuerger,

You were the most challenging and tough patient I have ever in over 20 years as a doctor! I thought initially that you were an "ice popsicle" and should have been a marine but soon found out that you had the warmest heart - only hidden in an ice cover. I knew after meeting Mrs. Schuerger that she knew something that others did not. Such a wonderful person could not have married an "ice popsicle!"

I admired your strength in the face of hard health challenges. I admired
your desire to fight and win multiple life threatening medical problems. I
admired your ability to stay calm when life was hitting you hard. I admired your ability to adjust and keep going.

I respected you for your knowledge, for your decision making power. I
respected you for being a navy officer that started as an enlisted . I
respected you for finding the balance between family and work.

You were my survivor model that helped me survive! I will always remember
your courage when I have to find mine and this inspires me to keep fighting and winning.Thank you!

It has been and honor and a pleasure knowing you ! May you rest in God's

Cristiana Golu

August 23, 2013

Dear Margaret and Family.

My deepest sympathy.
I don't know if you remember me but Dick used to due my bookkeeping for the Deli Restaurant in Mira Mesa for ten years.He was such a great man and always gave me no nonsense advise. I was grateful and I got to talk to you every week.I wish you well and I'm thinking of you in your sorrow.
warm regards,

Hedy Wahl - Buchmann

LCDR Patrick Glasscock (Ret)

August 23, 2013

I served aboard the USS Tarawa just before Commander Schuerger retired. He was my Executive Officer. Commander Schuerger was a fine naval officer with an incredible amount of experience as both an enlisted man and officer. He handled the enlisted men on the ship better than any officer I ever knew, because in the beginning he was one of them. The Tarawa was a large ship with many men and many activities and he managed it all extremely well. He was direct, tough and fearless yet very fair to everyone. After he retired, I developed a lasting friendship with both he and Margaret. It was sad to see him develop so many debilitating health problems toward the end. He fought all of them courageously, but in the end lost the battle as they eventually overwhelmed him. He was a great naval officer and an equally great friend and I will miss him until I too am overwhelmed by health problems and follow him.

Nancy Hamilton

August 17, 2013

Dear Karen and Family,
Mark and I are so sad to hear your news. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Love Mark & Nancy Hamilton and children

Julie Schuerger

August 17, 2013

Uncle Rich, Thank you for looking after us after Daddy died. Your legacy of hard work and family will live on as we raise our families with those same values. You will be missed.

Frank Hinds

August 16, 2013

I was also a UCLA midshipman who took a couple of classes from then LCDR Schuerger. He made me a better Naval Officer.

Ronald Defibaugh

August 16, 2013

He set the standard for all of us freshmen midshipmen in 1972, telling us great sea stories about the best of the old navy while teaching us about the high standards expected of us in the new navy.

Cheryl Reese

August 16, 2013

Marge, so sorry to hear of Dick's passing. I so enjoyed his humor when planning your many cruises. Had heard through the grapevine that he had been ill. May this final cruise be as wonderful as all the prvious.