SCHOELMAN, Kurt Edward passed away peacefully in his home on Wednesday, April 4th, 2018 at the age of 62. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Phyllis Schoelman. He is also survived by children Chrissy Martin and husband Mitchell, Ricky Schoelman and wife Kenzie, Billy Schoelman and fiancée Paige Harris, and Liddy Schoelman; grandchildren Logan, Macy, Ross and Tyce; mother Dot Schoelman, sisters Diane Hyde, Janie Schoelman, and Helen Schoelman. He is preceded in death by father Walter William Schoelman and sister Connie Poole. A vigil will be held at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Community on Friday, April 6th, 6-8 p.m., with a funeral mass at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 7th.
Born and raised in Houston, Kurt was the youngest of 5 children. As the only boy, Kurt was creative in coming up with ways to entertain himself, often spending the day out with neighborhood friends. Kurt was very active, coached in baseball by his father for many years. He continued his sports while playing football at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory, and went on to receive a degree in Business Administration from the University of Houston.
Kurt worked in various jobs during his early adult years, ultimately establishing himself in the oil and gas industry. He worked at Camco for 30 years, staying with the company through an acquisition by Schlumberger. He then transitioned to other opportunities, finishing his career at VAM USA. Kurt saw great value in passing on knowledge and training up the next generation. Over the years, many benefitted from the experience Kurt shared with them.
Never one to sit by while others worked, Kurt was always present in the lives of those around him. Often engineering creative solutions, there were always projects to build for the neighborhood, teams to coach, Boy Scouts to lead, jobs to fill with swim team, and a long list of other ways that Kurt spent his efforts to be part of his community. He also served as a board member of the local water board for many years, mentored young men at the local high school, and volunteered with elementary students through Junior Achievement. Always quick with a joke, Kurt enjoyed being around others and taking part in life’s many blessings. He enjoyed woodworking and building things around the house, playing golf, watching sports (especially his Coogs), and most of all, spending time with his family.
Kurt was an active member of his local church, St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Community. Kurt did his best to be an example to the next generation of the importance of faith in God in the daily life. He taught CCE classes to the youth, served in the men's ministry, helped lead the ACTS retreat, and was very involved in many other ministries.
Though Kurt lost his fight with cancer after 5 difficult years, his incredible strength and faith in the face of such pain has deeply touched the lives of many. Few have led by example so well through such adversity.
Kurt will be remembered as a devoted father, a loving husband, a servant in his local community, a faithful friend, and a joy to know. We will miss you, GK.