James Schunke
1938 - 2021
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James Schunke

Goldthwaite - James "Jim" Schunke, 82, of Goldthwaite, Texas, passed away in his home on Tuesday, April 20, 2021.

Jim Schunke was born in Del Rio, Texas on Oct 16, 1938 to Herman Carl and Mary Eva Schunke. He graduated from Goldthwaite High School in 1956. He earned a bachelor's degree from Texas Christian University and later received his master's degree from Texas A&I in Kingsville, Texas.

While in college, Jim met and fell in love with Margaret Park and they married on June 2, 1961. They were blessed with two children, Margaret Elizabeth "Mimi" and Richard Carl.

Mr. Schunke worked as a teacher for 42 years. He began his career in Corpus Christi, Texas at Cullen Jr. High and then moved to Corpus Christi King High School when it opened in 1965. He returned to Goldthwaite in 1983 to teach mathematics and chemistry at Goldthwaite High School. He retired from teaching in 2003.

Mr. Schunke was a tough teacher - he wanted his students' full attention on the material. He knew that is where the value was and if it took kicking a box or trashcan or breaking some chalk, then that is what it took. He had numerous famous sayings as well as 'looks' which were known to cause concern in those receiving the stares. Ultimately, his students knew he was trying to get their very best.

Jim was a rancher as a youth and picked it up again after returning to Goldthwaite in 1983. His pride and joy were his Rambouillet sheep, which he bred and developed over 30 years. His love was his Angora goat herd.

As a rancher he became active in many organizations. He served in numerous leadership roles in the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Assn and the American Rambouillet Sheep Breeders Assn. He was an honorary lifetime director of the Texas Angora Goat Raisers Assn and the vice president of the Mohair Council of America.

Jim enjoyed spending 'ranch' time with family and friends. Visitors were frequently worked in the sheep pens, the pastures, and even the kitchen. He enjoyed hunting and guided many a new hunter to their first trophy. Meals with family and friends were always a treat as one could not pass up his fried venison or sweet tea.

He was a devoted member of Fellowship Baptist Church the last 20 years, most recently serving as the morning greeter and door-opener on Sundays. He grew to be a big hugger!

Jim Schunke is survived by his son, Richard C. Schunke and his wife, Nancy; son-in-law, Charles Bonniwell IV; 3 grandchildren, Macy Bonniwell, Max Bonniwell, and Abby Bonniwell; brother-in-law, Lynden Lynch; 2 nieces, Shauna Lynch and Sharon Lynch; nephew, Wayne Lynch, and great-nephew Jason Lynch.




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Published in Corpus-Christi Caller-Times from Apr. 27 to Apr. 29, 2021.
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April 30, 2021
Mr. Schumer was my favorite chemistry teacher. I see his smiling face! King High School. 1971. Helen Shelander
Helen Shelander
Student
April 30, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Mark D. Lewis
Classmate
April 30, 2021
Mr. Schunke was my favorite teacher in all my years - thru King (class of ‘79) and even over my professors at Baylor. I was his teachers aide my senior year and I remember something he always said (quoting him as recent as yesterday) “The only good thing about the good ole days is that they’re gone” I gave him a frozen turkey for Christmas my senior year and he told me he was going to keep it forever. I’ll bet he didn’t!!! With admiration and respect, RIP Mr. Schunke.
Mark D. Lewis
Classmate
April 30, 2021
Jim Schindler made a terrific impact on me as a sophomore at King High School 1969-1970. He was everything a great teacher ought to be. My sincere condolences to all his family.
John Rudd
Student
April 30, 2021
Many teachers you forget as the years go by, but not Mr Schunke . He was one of my favorites( KHS '81). I really did not like chemistry at first and he made learning harder things easier with his sense of humor as well as his funny sayings. He was a one -of -a -kind type of teacher that inspired, cared for his students and really enjoyed his job. Praying for his family. He blessed many by his teaching.
BELINDA CARTER
April 29, 2021
I too had Mr. Schunke as a chemistry teacher (King HS class of '76). Unfortunately for me, he also had my much smarter sister that he pointed out to me frequently in the most jovial manner. Chemistry was not my cup of tea...my only "C" in high school, but when I did finally "get it," he would stop by, tap me on the shoulder, and with the biggest smile, say "Eureka!". Made me laugh every time! He was one to remember! My condolences to his family.
Connie David
April 29, 2021
Mr. Schunke was one of the greatest educators I’ve known and was a primary reason I pursued public education as my chosen profession. He impacted young people far beyond the classroom. Mr. Schunke’s assignment was a classroom teacher but he was so much more than that. He mentored me (and many others) through student council at both Cullen Jr high and King High School. As Student Council sponsor Mr. Schunke’s days were much longer that the school day- he spent weekends and nights “growing us” to become responsible human beings who cared for others. He continued to show his sincere interest in thousands of his former students as he attended our high school reunions long after he moved to Goldwaite and even into retirement. And he remembered our names!
Mr. Schunke provided me a wonderful role model in how to make students feel valued and important. I did not, however, have his keen sense of humor. He could “re-direct you” without ever calling your name using humor and kindness while preserving your dignity!
Jim Schunke was a very special man. May he Rest In Peace.
Cheryl Salyards
Student
April 29, 2021
He was my teacher at Cullen and often picked me up on the way to school (something that couldn't really happen today). I was never late. I am so glad I got to send him a note telling him how much he meant to me while I was growing up. He wrote back and invited me to drop by the ranch. RIP.
Sherry willome
Student
April 29, 2021
Mr. Schunke is my favorite teacher of all time.
I took chemistry in college and worked for a while in the chemical industry due to his influence.
Perry A Summers
Student
April 29, 2021
Mr. Schunke was my chemistry teacher at King HS (class of 77). He was a wonderful teacher, and he inspired my love of science. I had a big crush on him! I saw him at our 20th HS reunion, and he still looked exactly the same.
Molly
Student
April 29, 2021
Mr. Schunke was my favorite teacher. Encouraged my love of science. I was his student assistant for a year. I graduated from King HS in 1978 and from Texas A&M with a degree in biomedical science. Two things I remember: He said pointy cowboy boots were good for stomping roaches in the corner and when the school introduced a salad bar he taught us how to “ expand” the volume of our bowl. First step - line it all the way around with cucumbers!
Cathy Guthrie Addison
Student
April 29, 2021
Mr Shunke was my teacher at King High School in Corpus Christi. Class '68.
He was so funny that I still remember his way of teaching. His big smile, a special man left us. Condolences to his family and friends.
Greetings from Portugal.
Alice Tromm
Student
April 29, 2021
I had the extreme honor to be a student, then teacher aide, and to play "Ebenezer Schunke" in the 1979 King High School adaptation of "A Christmas Carol." He sat in the front row and laughed at my impression of not only his unique voice but his many favorite sayings. My favorite saying was "I teach students, not Chemistry." And he did. I cannot imagine the grief his family is enduring at his passing. Mine is great enough after 40 years. - Steve Stendebach
Steve Stendebach
April 29, 2021
Mr. Schunke was my science teacher at R King HS in Corpus Christi, TX.
I was in the class of 1971. He was a memorable and inspiring teacher.
In the early 1980's, and by sheer coincidence, my wife and I came to know his sister "Schunke" Lynch, her husband Lynden, their two daughters and then baby grandson, Jason, when we were newlyweds in Galveston, Texas. James and his sister were both smart, witty, energetic people who changed things for the better.
Kim Bryce
Friend
April 29, 2021
I was privileged to have Mr. Schunke as my chemistry teacher at King H.S. in 1969. I remember him as dedicated, enthusiastic, and a really great teacher. He was one of my all-time favorites as a teacher and certainly a model for a caring and honorable man. There are too few like him remaining in our schools. He will be missed. I offer my sincere condolences to his family.
Fr. Don Downey
Student
April 29, 2021
He was a great man!
Peggy Didear
Friend
April 28, 2021
Jim, was an interesting guy. He will be missed by many who were his friends & Co worker- Robert Stone, Zephyr,Texas.
John D. Stone
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