McBain Community Remembers Longtime Teacher

The McBain community is remembering the life of this longtime teacher, but his family is making sure his impact lives on much longer.

Richard Scheanwald taught in McBain for more than 37 years.

He was also a WWII Veteran and active community leader.

Richard Scheanwald spent nearly four decades teaching at McBain Rural Agricultural School. Harvey Lucas was one of his students and later a fellow teacher.

“Dick Scheanwald was a very calming factor around school, to the environment of both staff and students, he came with a lot of experience, especially with his experience during the Second World War, and I don’t think many of us as students at the time really appreciated and respected him for that, we probably overlooked it as students,” said Lucas.

Richard was known as a fair, consistent and dependable teacher.

A master manager of the basketball scoreboard and a man who worked to improve the McBain community beyond the walls of the school.

“He was mayor in McBain during the time when the industrial park was developed. McBain did not have the money or the property to develop the industrial park, we had some industry interested in coming here and so with Dick’s direction we made that happen,” said Lucas.

And the impact Richard had on this community will continue to be felt, with his family asking for memorial donations to be sent to the lunch program at McBain Schools.

“The families choice of contributing to the hot lunch program for those that are in need is indicative of Dick, of giving, quite giving, in a way to those who quietly need it. Dick was very much respected and had integrity in his own quiet way. That’s who he was,” explained Lucas.

You can read Richard’s obituary here.