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.
Published in Corpus-Christi Caller-Times from Apr. 27 to Apr. 29, 2021.