TORRINGTON – Funeral services for David L. Schilreff, 63, will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 16, 2019, at Lifeway Church with Pastor Cody Dyer officiating. Burial will follow in the Mitchell City Cemetery. David died at 6:38 a.m., March 11, 2019, at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff, Neb., with his children and gradndaughter by his side, from complications related to Alzheimer Disease. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer Unit at Goshen Healthcare Community. Visitation will be Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the funeral home and the casket will be open briefly prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are by the Colyer Funeral Home and condolences may be sent to www.colyerfuneralhome.com.
David was born Aug. 14, 1955, in Scottsbluff, the son of George and Leona (Sterkel) Schilreff. He grew up in Commerce City, Colo., until the age of 14 and moved to Torrington. At the age of 15, he moved in with Bill and Helen Stoeger, the parents of his high school sweetheart, Diana L. Stoeger, whom he married and had three children, Jeanette, Chris and Blain. They remained best friends after their divorce, honoring their family and children.
On June 18, 1997, David married Cynthia L. Von-Forell. David obtained his GED from Torrington and began working at the age of 15. His first job was at Scotty’s Bi-products, as a butcher in Torrington. Then at the age of 17 he began his 40-year career as a welder, mechanic and electrician at Holly Sugar Corporation, retiring as a supervisor. David also had a passion and amazing skills as a carpenter and built several homes, among many other projects.
He was a family man who adored holidays with his three children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and water skiing at all Wyoming lakes. He had a passion for restoring his classic cars and took pride in his delicate work. Since childhood he loved all his cats, dogs, horses and even a pet sheep he had when he was a boy, which lived in the house like another dog.
David is survived by his daughter Jeanette and son-in-law Shawn Clarke of Torrington; sons Chris Schilreff and daughter-in-law April of Torrington and George (Blain) Schilreff and partner Jason Lockwood of Kimball, Neb.; wife Cynthia Schilreff Von-Forell; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brother Sonny (George) Schilreff and sister-in-law Patty and sister Shirley Oliver, all of Torrington; and half-sister Patty Schilreff of Casper.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother Michael Schilreff, grandson Brandon Schilreff; half-brothers Donnie and George Schilreff; and his grandparents.