Walt Schaeper
10/5/1932 - 10/21/2021

Walt Schaeper passed away unexpectedly but peacefully on Thursday, October 21, 2021.

Walt is survived by his son, Tom Schaeper and his wife, Paula, of Lubbock; son Chris Schaeper and his wife, Kristi, of New Braunfels; and sister, Janet Sanders, of Waco; along with three grandchildren, William, Ryan and Josh, and four great-grandchildren, Jordynn, Jacob, Arianna and Emma. Walt is preceded in death by his wife and lifelong companion, Bobra Schaeper, and by his parents, Walter Charles and Elsie Abel Schaeper.

Walt was born in Waco, Texas on October 5, 1932. He grew up on a cotton farm in Robinson, Texas during the Depression. He enlisted in the U.S. Marines during the Korean War, achieving the rank of staff sergeant by the time of his discharge in 1954. Shortly thereafter, he embarked on a 30-year career as test flight engineer with the Vought Corporation.

It was while attending Arlington State College (now UTA) that he met Bobra, fell in love, married and began their lifelong adventure together. Walt and Bobra raised their family in the Dallas suburb of Oak Cliff and later on Lake Lewisville. They loved the water, racing catamarans and spending summers in South Padre. But they found they loved the mountains more, moving to Pagosa Springs, Colorado and later building their dream home on Schaeper Mountain. Walt was usually found wondering outside somewhere, a German Shepherd by his side, whether felling 80-foot trees, 4-wheeling, snowmobiling, or just walking. Walt was an avid collector of firearms, old and new, but when the time came to take the shot on an elk, he made the personal decision to choose life over sport. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandkids: fishing on tree-lined lakes, hiking over nonexistent trails, working on old furniture in the garage, inspecting forts, gazing at stars in the clear Colorado evenings. Walt was also blessed late in life to have time to spend with his four great-grandchildren.

Walt enjoyed solitude, the kind of guy who knew it was time to move when he was able to see smoke from his neighbor’s chimney. Walt and Bobra were loners but loved being alone together. When Bobra passed in September 2018, Walt felt lost without her. He was not a big talker, but once you got him going, he shared openly about his life. Walt was out on a pretty Lubbock afternoon getting another double scoop of strawberry ice cream when he fell. He had fallen before, but as was almost always the case, nothing was broken, except perhaps his heart. A dislodged clot took him away from us a few hours later, and now our hearts break as well.

A service celebrating Walt’s life will be held on Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at the church where he was confirmed, St. John United Church of Christ, 100 S. Robinson Drive, Robinson, TX 76706. Flowers and remembrances are welcome, but in lieu thereof friends and family are invited to send donations in Walt’s name to St. John United Church of Christ at the above address c/o Rev. Jacob Brenton.

Buddy and Bobbie, together again.



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