Robert Raymond Schanze, 68, of New Milford, died Dec. 19, 2011, at New Milford Hospital. He was surrounded by his family. He was the husband of Carolyn (Waldron) (Eastman) Schanze.

Mr. Schanze was born Aug. 3, 1943, in Danbury, son of the late Raymond C. and Rose (Sostak) Schanze.

He worked as a police dispatcher for the Ridgefield Police Department for 18 years, retiring in 2006. Prior to that, he worked for the City of Danbury.

Mr. Schanze was a member of the Ridgefield PBA and the SNYRA.

He was elected Ridgefield's Police Officer of the Year in the mid 1990s.

In addition to his wife of 24 years, he is survived by a son, Dean A. Eastman, of New Milford; four daughters, Dawn (Schanze) Cioffi, and her husband, Steve, of Brookfield, Patricia (Schanze) Archiere, and her husband, Joseph, of Middletown, N.Y., Jennifer Rinaldo Arnau, of New Milford, and Barbara Schanze, of Danbury; a sister, Mary Chark, and her husband, Andrew, of New Milford; and six grandchildren.

The Lillis Funeral Home of New Milford was in charge of arrangements.