Joseph Leo Schadler

November 15, 1939February 24, 2014
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Joseph Leo Schadler, 74, of Andalusia, IL, passed away Monday, February 24, 2014 at UnityPoint - Trinity in Rock Island, IL. Funeral services will be Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 3:00 pm at The Runge Mortuary. Visitation will be Thursday from 1-3 pm prior to the service at the mortuary. Cremation will follow the service. Memorials may be made to Boys and Girls Club of Mississippi Valley or the Quad City Animal Welfare Center. Online condolences may be expressed at Joseph was born November 15, 1939 in Dubuque, IA; the son of Milton and Margaret (Benhke) Schadler. He married his first wife, Kathleen Wagner in 1961. He later married Robin Lindley on December 21, 2001. He served in the Army National Guard, receiving his honorable discharge in April 1965. He was a member of the Masons, being a member of the #44 Snow Lodge, in LeClaire, IA. He also was a volunteer firefighter in Asbury, IA; serving as their Fire Chief. Joe was an entrepreneur. Over the years, he had several restaurants including Taco Johns in Dubuque, IA and Davenport and the Jubilee Floating Restaurant in Moline. He started Fashion Touch Cleaners in Dubuque, Mad Dog Amusements and an advertising company. But, over the last 30 plus years, his heart was with the river! He owned both the Queen of Hearts Riverboat and the Princess Riverboat both operating in Davenport. He later moved the operation to Moline, IL where he and his son, Scott operated the Celebration River Cruises and the Celebration Belle. Joe also provided tram tours at the Rock Island Arsenal. Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Robin, Andalusia, IL; children: Kim (Chris) Scott, Danville, IL; Kelly (Dan) Weber, Springville, IA and Scott (Laurie) Schadler, Bettendorf; step-children: Brian (Ragina) Lindley, Sidney, IL and Neil (Jill) Lindley, Marshall, IL; grandchildren: TJ Scott, Danville, IL; Madeline and Carter Schadler, Bettendorf and Isaac Weber, Springville, IA; siblings: Janet Wesenberg, Aurora, CO; Judy (Tom) Syke, East Dubuque, IL and James (Sandy) Schadler, Menomee, IL and his very special dogs, Sammy and Sally. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Steven and a brother-in-law, John Wesenberg.


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, February 26, 2014
  • Visitation Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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Dana Goudreau

December 12, 2014

Hello my name is Dana Goudreau, i lived in the Quad Cities for a short time when i was married to my wife Wilma L.Rios. I worked for Joe and his family for a short summer and enjoyed every moment of it. I like hearing the awesome river tail stories he used to tell and the adventures that the Celebration Belle used to take up and down the river and even go to tall stacks. I will miss you my friend and hope your in a better place and you will never be forgotten. So R.I.P angel of god fly high..

Ken Snodgrass

March 31, 2014

Joe's life was a great example of entrepreneurialship. He will be missed. God bless his family.

Sharon Sweeney

March 2, 2014

KIm, Scott and Kelly I am so sorry about your Dad. I had a dream about him on Monday night and could not believe when I read the paper the next morning I know he is Heaven. He was a great friend and a great person to work for.. Remember when he started his advertising business in my basement. I will truly miss him Love to all of you.

andy johnson

March 1, 2014

A lot of memories came flooding back when I read about Joe's death in the newspaper. These are good memories, growing up memories. I worked for Joe on the Queen of Hearts for the first two seasons. Lots of fun and hard word mixed in. Thank you Joe and the Schadler family. Sincerely Andy Johnson

February 28, 2014

Joe Schadler will be missed by everyone who enjoys the Mississippi River. We enjoyed so many wonderful trips on the Celebration Belle locally and to Dubuque. His excellent food and great personality was a delight. We hope upon arrival in Heaven to find Joe waiting with his cinnamon rolls.
Lawrence & Carol Bay Port Byron

February 27, 2014

joe was a good friend he never asked you to do something that he would not do if you did not know how he would show you my heart is with the whole family at this time Scott was like a son to me l worked for joe and scott robin 15 yrs my husband Harley did also l do know how the family feels at this sad time l have been there and l love you all regards Kathleen cox

David Grass Fire Chief

February 27, 2014

The Asbury Community Fire Department would like to extend our sincerest condolences to the Schadler family. Joe left his mark on the world and even closer to our hearts. Joe faithfully gave to the community in many ways. Joe protected the community of Asbury and it's surroundings from peril with only the gratification of helping those in need during their emergency. Joe proudly served as Fire Chief for six years. He led the fire department with pride, skill and compassion. For his service, we render the final call of service for Joe. Joe will meet his fellow brotheren awaiting him. We salute Joe, his friends and especially his family.

Joe must have known we were thinking of him as we readied to travel to his services. He rewarded Asbury Fire with a quick knockdown of an occupied residential fire while keeping everyone from injury. We're mopping up now and thinking of Joe.

Jim DeDecker

February 27, 2014

Even though we are unable to come to the visitation for Joe, we want you to know you are in our thoughts. We always looked forward to seeing Joe and the entire crew of the Celebration Belle and will thoroughly miss Joe's laugh, his ability to recognize return visitors, and the great hats he wore while carving the roast beef. Rest in Peace, Joe. The Mississippi River and the people that rode the Belle with you will always remember you.
Jim DeDecker and Sally McDowell

Mike Eckhart

February 27, 2014

Thoughts and prayers go out to the Schadler family....

February 27, 2014

Robin and family-I am so sad to hear about Joe's passing. I have so many fun and fond memories over the years working with Joe.
I always looked forward to the Spring Season knowing that the River Education Cruises were soon to start.
Numerous students/teachers through the years were fortunate to have the opportunity to learn about the "Father of Waters" from these programs. Thank You so much Joe, Robin and Scott to have the vision to provide these learning opportunities.
Before each of my programs, I always looked forward to Joe telling a joke, sharing his wide smile and laughter with me. I will hold these memories dear to my heart.
I am sure that Joe is telling jokes and sharing his wide smile and laughter to all to hear in heaven. He was truly "one of a kind" that loved his family, friends and, of course the Mighty Mississippi.
I am going to miss you!!

Steve Vacek
Retired Park Ranger
U.S, Army Corps of Engineers-Mississippi River Project Office