March 17, 1933 - April 27, 2013
Charles William Schmalzried, Sr., age 80, went to be with the Lord on April 27, 2013 in the arms of his loving family at his home in Dallas, TX. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mrs. Rose Marie (Thomas) Schmalzried, son Mr. Charles Wm. Schmalzried, Jr. of Dallas, daughter-in-law Mrs. Kim (Craig) Schmalzried, daughter Dr. Sherri Renee (Schmalzried) Godbey of New Orleans, son-in-law Dr. W Terrance Godbey, granddaughter Elizabeth Claire Schmalzried, grandson Dustin Marshall Godbey, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Known as simply “Bill” to his family and friends, he was born March 17, 1933 to Charles Walter Schmalzried and Hazel D (Hiett) Schmalzried in Fort Worth, TX. In 1942, his family relocated to University Park in Dallas, TX where he attended Bradfield Elementary, Highland Park Junior, and then Highland Park Senior High School. He then attended Southern Methodist University for four years, earning a Bachelor of Business Administration in August 1956. After graduation, he started a professional career in textiles and fine fabrics, while working for his father and uncle at A. F. Schmalzried & Co. While attending a Lutheran youth group event in Denton, TX he met and fell in love with Rose Marie Thomas of Galveston, TX. The couple married January 17, 1959 and spent the rest of their life together in Dallas. They were blessed with two children: first a son, Charles William Jr., born September 1962 and then a daughter, Sherri Renee, in September 1965.
Following his work in the fabric industry, he and his mother purchased and managed a dry cleaning business, Howell Cleaners, in Plano TX, for 12 years. Bill then sold the company due to his mother’s advanced age and became a civil servant with the Department of Immigration and Naturalization, Office of Financial Management in Dallas, TX. There, he served his country as a voucher/examiner until retiring in August 2006. During his professional career with the INS, he received several awards for superior achievement and service.
His life also is distinguished through longtime membership at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Dallas, spanning from his confirmation at age 14 until the time of his death. He volunteered his accounting skills for several years as Sunday School Treasurer, sang in the ORLC Choir, and provided support for his wife, Rose, during completion of her nurse training while sharing the responsibilities of raising their children. He was a committed, loyal, and loving husband, provided a secure, engaged, and caring home life for his children, and remained a willing and faithful son to his mother until her death. He especially loved and enjoyed telling others about his grandchildren’s accomplishments and activities. Those who knew him say he was an excellent advisor and confidant when called upon in times of need. Always a loyal supporter and fan of the Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints pro football team, he loved watching football games and other sporting events, relished movie nights with friends and family; John Wayne was his all-time favorite actor, and he kept an extensive collection of old time westerns. Bill also loved listening to sacred, modern, and classical music, caring for his yard and garden, remaining physically active by walking the neighborhood, exchanging jokes and funny stories, and eating lots of chocolate. In the last 16 months on this earth, he bravely faced cancer treatment while remaining optimistic, spunky, and very thankful for his many life blessings.
A memorial service will be held Friday May 3, 2013 at 2:00pm at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 7611 Park Lane, Dallas TX 75225. In lieu of flowers, his family requests memorial contributions be made to the following organizations: 1) John of Beverly Deaf Ministry at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2) Pastoral Reflections, PO Box 181313, Dallas, TX 75218, 3) Texas Oncology at Presbyterian Hospital, 8220 Walnut Hill Lane Bldg. 2 Suite 700, Dallas, TX 75231, 4) Adat Shalom Congregation, 12727 Hillcrest Rd, Dallas TX 75230, or 5) Stronghold Ministry, PO Box 38478, Dallas TX 75238.
Arrangements are under the direction of ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home 10116 E. NW Highway, Dallas, Texas 75238 214.340.8008.
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