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Jerry Schave Sr.


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Jerry Schave, Sr.

Rosenberg, TX

A devoted husband, father and grandfather, Jerry Glen Schave, Sr. joined his beloved wife Lillie and son Jerry Jr. in Heaven on Saturday evening, October 27, 2018, when he passed away in Houston following a brief illness.

He was born in Granite, Oklahoma on May 20, 1934 to Roy and Wastella (nee Chapman) Schave, and spent his youth in Granite and Paris, Texas working on the family farm. Jerry joined the United States Navy at the age of 17, served on the USS Henderson during the Korean War, and received numerous medals of commendation for his service. His service in the Navy brought him to Kingsville, Texas, where he chose to remain after being honorably discharged. There he met and, in January of 1958, married the love of his life, Lillie Rocha. Together, they enjoyed a happy, loving and fun 54-year marriage.

As a newlywed, Jerry held various jobs while attending Texas A&I in Kingsville. He joined Humble Oil and Refining in 1964 and was promoted to various positions with the company throughout South Texas, including stops in Freer and Refugio. Most important to him, Jerry was the ultimate family man. Never too busy for his son and daughter, he spent endless hours attending their sporting events, UIL events, and many other school activities. Jerry also loved South Texas, the outdoors, and spending time in his garden. Always eager to share the fruits of his bounty, he would often arrive at family and friends' homes with a bag full of tomatoes, oranges and lemons for his loved ones to enjoy.

Jerry and Lillie eventually relocated to Rosenberg, Texas before he retired from Exxon in 1996. Jerry often said that the key to his happy retirement was the great joy of spending time with his only grandchild, Kara. They had a special bond and enjoyed many fun adventures over the years.

Jerry was a gentle giant with a playful sense of humor. Never one to complain, he preferred to care for others than vice versa. It was the simple things in life that made him happy - a good meal, a pretty sunset, shared laughter, and the love of dear friends and close family. For the past few years, he was blessed to enjoy life as a resident of The Forum at Memorial Woods in Houston, where he enjoyed the many planned activities as well as the love and support of the outstanding staff.

Jerry Glen Schave, Sr. was preceded in death by his wife, Lillie R. Schave; his son, Jerry G. Schave, Jr.; and his sister, Bettye Brown. He is survived by his daughter, Roxann Schave Neumann and her husband, Tim, of Houston; granddaughter, Kara M. Neumann of Washington D.C.; sister, Carolyn Allen of Reno, NV; brother in-law Bobby Brown of Del City, OK; nephew Michael Rocha and wife, Amaly of Dayton, NJ and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family and close friends.

Visitation will be held on November 2, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. at Davis- Greenlawn Funeral Home followed by a private graveside service at 12:30 p.m. at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Rosenberg, Texas. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated by Fr. John Rooney on Friday, November 2, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. at the Chapel of Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart, 10202 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary, 134 Front Street, Rockport, TX 78382.

Tributes and words of condolence may be left for the family at www.davisgreenlawnfh.com.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Greenlawn Funeral Home, 3900 B.F. Terry Blvd., Rosenberg, Texas 77471.
Published in Corpus-Christi Caller-Times on Nov. 1, 2018
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