Dennis Schickedanz

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Dennis K. Schickedanz, 77, of Belleville, IL, born April 25, 1946, in Belleville, IL, died Saturday, February 10, 2024, at Mercy Hospital, St. Louis, MO.

Dennis graduated from Belleville West High School and was a high school math teacher. In his retirement years, he truly enjoyed subbing in the Mascoutah School District.

Dennis was a lifelong basketball fan. He shared his love for basketball with his best friends, Bud Wolke and Larry Graham. A famous quote Dennis used often was “You will always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” He was a staunch supporter of the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association. He attended as many IBCA events as possible and was a member of the IBCA Southwestern Illinois Larry Graham Hall of Fame Committee and the Southwestern Illinois Dave Shannahan Golf Committee. “Schick,” as he was fondly known, started the Superfan Shootout and continued organizing showcase basketball events for the rest of his life. He was the greatest basketball Superfan.

Dennis was also a board member and instructor of the West County Swing Dance Club for two years, the Music Swing Club for several years, and the “Let’s Swing” dance class for the past four years. He thoroughly enjoyed teaching dance.

Above all else, Dennis adored his dear children and grandchildren and loved spending time with them. He always made the effort to make it to all the grandchildren’s different events over the years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Violet, nee Hacker, Schickedanz.

He is survived by a son, Dene Schickedanz (Christi Longnecker) of Edwardsville, IL; their four children, Landen, Spencer and Ryder Schickedanz, and Jackson Garman; a daughter, Elizabeth (Matt) Hancock of Mascoutah, IL; their four children, Abby, Madison, Sophia, and Luke Jefferson Hancock; a sister, Karen (Don) McNeill; two nieces, Shannon (Brian) Thompson and Jennifer (Tim) Froemling; great-nieces and great-nephews; cousins; and many other dear family members.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 12 to 4 p.m. Sunday, February 18, 2024, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, February 19, 2024, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Ron Woods officiating.

Burial will be at Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, IL.


11 Comments on Dennis Schickedanz

Angela L Richardson said : Guest Report Feb 21, 2024 at 11:01 PM

To the family and friends of my neighbor Dennis, I send my most sincere thoughts and prayers to you all for your loss. I am saddened by the news. He certainly was a lovely person. I unfortunately stumbled on the obituary while researching for funeral services of another person. This is devastating. I pray you all find solace in your beautiful memories of such a great man. I will certainly miss his smile and funny conversations.

  • IL
Marcia Markus said : Guest Report Feb 17, 2024 at 5:06 PM

I met Dennis at West County Swing DC. Dennis was a great man taken far too soon. I never saw him without a smile on his face. Always attentive and kind. A great dance teacher and a great person. He will be and already is missed. So sorry for family members, loss.

  • St. Louis
  • MO
Bobby nash said : Guest Report Feb 17, 2024 at 12:55 PM

Dennis was a great dance instructor he taught me many dance moves. People used to say that we looked like brothers. I will miss his great smile

  • St peters
  • Mo
Ort said : Guest Report Feb 17, 2024 at 12:37 PM

Dennis was one of the sweetest men I have come to meet in our dance community. When I first was elected to the Board, he welcomed me with open arms and a GREAT smile! We had many warm conversations. He was so very proud of his Family and was always excited about what was happening with his grandkids. Danny, Dennis and I worked the early shift putting out the equipment for our dances. We always played, laughed, joked and teased each other, which made the work enjoyable! It was such fun, because of his funny disposition and silly quips. I will miss him, as will all of us in the dance community. He was one in a million, for sure. God bless your family as you navigate this sudden loss, but rest assured he is happily watching from beyond and loves you all!

  • St. Louis
  • Mo.
Matt Gilley & Cindy Chambers said : Guest Report Feb 17, 2024 at 10:44 AM

Our deepest condolences go out to the Schickedanz Family. Not only was Dennis our friend, we got to serve on the MUSIC board with him. There's a bible verse that displays what kind of gentleman he was, it goes like this. You are a light in the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket. Instead they put it on a lampstand where it gives light to everyone in the house. Dennis will be greatly missed.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Theresa Robinson said : Guest Report Feb 17, 2024 at 10:36 AM

I enjoyed the years teaching with him at Central Jr. High School in Alton many years ago. He could always bring a smile to everyone around him.

  • San Antonio
  • Texas
Arthur Delhougne said : Guest Report Feb 15, 2024 at 9:10 PM

I met Dennis at Jitter Swing Dance Club. We became friends because we both drove Corvettes. Miss you Buddy.

  • St. Louis
  • Missouri
Julie Puckett said : Guest Report Feb 14, 2024 at 9:59 AM

Dennis was a wonderful dance partner, he was always friendly and greeted you with a smile and sunny disposition. My thoughts and prayers to his family.

  • St Louis
  • MO
Darla Herbst said : Guest Report Feb 14, 2024 at 8:48 AM

As PDU president, he was legendary! The Valentine’s party was his favorite and he always made sure every female member got a red rose. When I came into town every year, he made it a point to come by in his red corvette and take me to lunch. I thank him for introducing me to the West County Swing Dance club. He will be missed sorely.

  • Mpio. Mixquiahula
  • Hidalgo
Sue Wooden said : Guest Report Feb 13, 2024 at 9:58 PM

He was a wonderful dance instructor and kind person. He will be missed. God’s richest blessings to the family.

  • Edwardsville
  • IL
jeff hacker said : Guest Report Feb 13, 2024 at 8:36 PM


  • creve coeur
  • MO.

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