August Charles Schaper,92, died June 12, 2007 at Methodist Hospital in Sugar Land, TX. Born February 15, 1915 on Galveston Island to Elizabeth & A.H. “Boop” Schaper; the oldest son of 13 children. A.C. was a dairyman, milking his first cow at age 7 and continued for 57 years. He was a faithful member of First Lutheran Church in Galveston and served on the Vestry, Choir member, many committees and was a “pillar” of the church. He was a Sergeant in the US Army in WW II and served in the Aleutian Islands in Alaska and Patton’s 3rd Army crossing the Rhine in Germany.
A.C. loved his Houston Astros, Dallas Cowboys, Gunsmoke and Festus, ice cold milk and Bud Light, Manhattan Rummy, Cribbage, and in spite of his children’s protest, he continued to watch Lawrence Welk at the loudest setting of the television. He loved to cook everything from apple cake to brisket. He hand built his home on the island and helped build the dairy after the war. We should not forget the watermelon and cantaloupe fields and fireworks stands that many siblings contributed to, the block long vegetable garden, and his 30 years service as precinct 224 judge.
Preceding him in death are his Brothers Harold, Victor, Louis, Robbie and Buck and Sisters Helen Walker and Ethel Mae Schaper. His Brother-in-laws, Henry Schulze, Paul Siefkes, Wallace Albright, Kenneth Giusti, Milton Walker and Ed Woods, and Sister-in-laws Dorothy Faulkner, Olga Schaper, Connie Tobleman, Jane Schaper, Ellie Schaper and Lillian Schaper.
He is survived by his loving wife Norma of 63 years, his Daughter Diann Schaper and Son A. C. Schaper, Jr. (Denise) both of Galveston and Daughter Jill Schaper Yancey (Rick) of Sugar Land, his Grandchildren Lori Diaz and Chris Yancey, and his Great Grandchildren Hannah and Kimi Diaz. He is also survived by Brothers Ray and Leroy (Janie) and Sisters Mabel Schulze, Annabelle Swygart (Tom) and Katherine Siefkes. His Brother-in-laws are William Tobleman, N. C. Tobleman (Charlotte), David Faulkner and Sister-in-laws Betty Albright, Florence Giusti, and Virginia Woods, and many cousins, nieces and nephews. His God Children are Wayne Schaper, Janice Schaper, Karen Myers and Kathy Svoboda.
Pallbearers are Chris Yancey, Ronnie Schaper, Ronnie Tobleman, Frank Macaluso, Pat Dye and Dolph Tillitson. Honorary Pallbearers are George Black, Mr. and Mrs. Mario Ceccacci, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Fundling, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Keller, Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Westmorland, the Rev. Vernon Rabel, The Rev. David Hoh, Mr. and Mrs. Keith Folzman, Mr. and Mrs. John Sullivan, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Sullivan, Mr. and Mrs. Bubba Wedemeyer, Stephen Pena, Mr. and Mrs. Bubba Cleary, and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Garcia.
The family would also like to thank Dr. Angelia Shepherd @ UTMB Hospitals for her many years of service and Doctors Patel and Shah of Methodist Hospital in Sugar Land and the outstanding and passionate Nursing Staff of the Methodist Intensive Care Unit and his caregivers, Sonya, Lillian and Marylyn.
Visitation will begin at 5:00 pm Thursday, June 14th, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home in Galveston. Funeral service will be 10:00 am Friday, June 15th, at First Lutheran Church with the Rev. Douglas Guthier presiding. Burial will follow the service at Grace Memorial Park in Hitchcock.
Memorials may be made to First Lutheran Church, 2415 Winnie, Galveston, Texas 77550.