Friday, May 17, 2002

Funeral arrangements made for business owner Schilling

By Chris Mayhew and Rebecca Billman
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FORT WRIGHT — Funeral arrangements have been made for Richard J. “Dick” Schilling, 79, the Northern Kentucky businessman who made and lost a fortune running restaurants and nightclubs in Greater Cincinnati.

        Visitation is 3-7 p.m. Sunday at St. Agnes Church, 1680 Dixie Hwy., Fort Wright. Mass of Christian burial is 11:30 a.m. Monday at the church.

        The former Villa Hills resident is known mostly as the owner of the Beverly Hills Supper Club in Southgate.

        One hundred sixty-five people perished there when the popular nightclub was destroyed by fire in May 1977. Mr. Schilling settled lawsuits for $3.4 million the following year.

        He also owned several other successful establishments, including the Lookout House in Fort Wright, the Islands on the Newport riverfront, and January's/Oodles in downtown Cincinnati.

        Mr. Schilling learned the business by managing an officer's club while serving in the military during World War II.

        He also ran the commissary at Newport Steel for 10 years, after which he purchased milk-bottling plants in Chicago, St. Louis and Indianapolis.

        Mr. Schilling retired in 1987 to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where he died Tuesday.

        Survivors include his wife, Marie Theresa Fleck Schilling; three sons, Richard J. of Boca Raton, Fla., Ronald J. of Fort Lauderdale, and Raymond “Scott” of Covington; and two grandsons.

        Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Fort Mitchell.

        Memorials: Shriners Hospitals for Children, 3229 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati 45229-3095; or American Cancer Society, Northern Kentucky Unit, Nicholas Center, Suite A-2, 6612 Dixie Hwy, Florence, KY 41042.


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