Richard Carl Hanewinckel, 64

With great sadness, the family of Richard Carl Hanewinckel, 64, of Dewey Beach, Del., and Delray Beach, Fla., this week announced his passing on July 28, 2018, with family and close friends at his side, after a brief illness.

Hanewinckel was known as truly a first-class gentleman. He was a man of principle, hard work and commitment, who had an inspirational devotion to his wife, family, friends and community, as well as his beloved dog, Lana, with whom he shared a special bond. Kind and immensely generous, there are simply not enough words to describe the beautiful imprint he left on those around him, they said.

Hanewinckel was a proud University of Delaware alumnus, former Dewey Beach town commissioner and successful real estate business entrepreneur with his wife and partner, Marcia Schieck.

Nothing defined Hanewinckel more than his endless devotion to his beautiful wife of 15 years, Marcia, who was equally devoted to him. The couple spent seven days a week, 24 hours a day together as partners in both business and life — something neither would have had any other way. Theirs was truly a fairytale story of two lives beautifully and magically intertwined. They shared a love that most don’t experience in a lifetime.

Hanewinckel was passionate and committed to the Dewey Beach vacation rental business the couple built together from scratch. When not hard at work, he pursued other passions for music, travel and the outdoors. When asked his favorite place in the world, he would have said, “with Marcia,” and had a hard time deciding if that was in Dewey or the couple’s winter home in Delray Beach. He would, however, easily choose a favorite television show: “The Walking Dead,” hands down.

He often expressed how eternally blessed he felt for all the adventures shared with close family and amazing friends. Known in those circles as the “infamous grill-meister,” he was the sort of guy who gleefully joined Marcia in schemes to surprise friends with something extravagantly special, from a live bluegrass ensemble or a 12-piece mariachi band to the Cape Henlopen High School Chorus, who serenaded him this past year on his 64th birthday at the couples’ favorite oceanfront retreat during one of their infamous celebrations.

He cherished most the gatherings and time he shared with his amazing family. The Christmas celebrations were magical and outrageously fun get-togethers that were full of love. Though often found quietly enjoying the merry melee from the sidelines, Hanewinckel will be remembered for interjecting wit with a sense of humor that left everyone belly laughing when they least expected it. He will be immensely missed by all, but his spirit will live on in the hearts of those who loved and adored him most.

Hanewinckel was preceded in death by his parents, Norman and Lillian Hanewinckel of Wilmington, Del. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 15 years, Marcia Schieck, and the couple’s beloved dog, Lana; his two sisters, Barbara Hassard and her partner, Charlie, of Annapolis, Md., and Jean Manis and her partner, Tom, of Wilmington, Del.; his nephews, David Hassard and his wife, Kendra, of Chicago, Ill., and Jonathan Manis and his wife, Marcella, of Middletown, Del.; his nieces, Kelly Sakellariou and her husband, Nilos, of Annapolis, and Lauren Manis of Wilmington, Del.; and his five great-nieces and his great-nephew.

“Richard, my love, you defined my world. You were my rock, my soul, my calm and my adventure. Our beautiful journey here together was cut far too short, but the bond, love and respect we shared for each other transformed our lives into something most never experience. Because of you, I am forever blessed, my heart aches but my love for you is eternal,” Marcia Schieck said.

A celebration of Hanewinckel’s life, officiated by Dewey Beach Mayor T.J. Redefer, will be held on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, 16961 Kings Highway, Lewes, Del. Visitation begins at 10 a.m. Friends may also call at the funeral home on Saturday, Aug. 4, from 7 to 9 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to: Ahimsa Rescue Foundation; P.O. Box 409; Muldrow, OK 74948, or to the American Diabetes Association at, or to the American Heart Association at Condolences may be sent online at