Paul Schoppa, Jr.
Paul Schoppa, Jr.
June 25, 1928 - December 3, 2017
Paul Schoppa, Jr. 89, passed Sunday, December 3, 2017 in Wichita Falls, TX. Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM, Friday, December 8, 2017 at St. Paul Lutheran Church with Rev. Dr. Douglas Kabell officiating. A private family burial will be held at Crestview Memorial Park under the direction of Lunn’s Colonial Funeral Home. The family will be at the funeral home Thursday evening from 6-7 PM, for visitation.
Paul was born June 25, 1928 to Paul Schoppa, Sr. and Mathilda Noack, in Wilbarger County of Texas. He was the eldest of two children.
In 1951 Paul received a bachelor’s degree from Midwestern State University. He served as president of the study body and was noted often for his dedication and leadership.
August 31, 1950, Paul married Lillian M. Streit. They moved to Wichita Falls, TX in 1954 and had three children.
Paul served his country in the US Army from 1952 – 1954 during the Korean War. He was a special agent with the Third Counter Intelligence Unit. His notable responsibilities included overseeing the exchange of prisoners with North Korea and transporting President Dwight D. Eisenhower when he visited Korea. Paul was awarded a Bronze Star Medal for his meritorious service in a combat zone as well as the National Defense Service Medal.
Paul was an active devoted member of the Lutheran Church. He was first a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod and then St. Paul Lutheran Church where he served as Chairman of the Board of Elders, Board of Education, and both President and Vice President of the congregations. He also served on the Board of the Lutheran Foundation of Texas and was elected to the Board of Directors of the Texas District Lutheran Church.
From 1955 – 1981, Paul was a landman for Bridwell Oil Company. He also served as a board member for the J.S. Bridwell Foundation for over 25 years. In 1981, Paul and George Wadsack formed Schoppa/Wadsack an oil and gas consulting company.
Socially, Paul was active and enjoyed travelling with his wife, Lillian, and their many friends. The group often met on a weekly basis for dinner and a game of bridge. He cherished and enjoyed his extended family of Schoppas and Streits. The blended families regularly came together for dinner at the farm and/or to play dominos, croquet and bridge.
Paul Schoppa Jr. was preceded in death by his lovely wife of 59 years Lillian Marie Schoppa, his parents, his brother, and a great granddaughter.
He is survived by his three sons, Steven Schoppa of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Randal Schoppa of Wichita Falls, Texas, and Douglas Schoppa and his wife Kim of Oklahoma City. He leaves four grandchildren, Lane and Caroline Schoppa of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Alex and Jacquelyn Schoppa of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Parris Schoppa of Fort Worth, Texas; and Harrison Taylor Schoppa of Katy, Texas. He also leaves two great grandchildren Alaina and Davyn Schoppa of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and numerous nieces and nephews.
Special recognition and thanks to his caretakers Linda Everett Hoffman, Brenda Everett, and Christen Gamboa as well as Coleen Mills.
Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church or favorite charity.