Max Burton Scheider

January 9, 1929January 31, 2014
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Max Burton Scheider (Colonel, Ret., U.S. Army) of Austin, Texas, passed away on January 31, 2014. Max was born on January 9, 1929, in Toledo, Ohio to Leah (Clark) and Julius Martin Scheider.

Max loved reading. At the age of ten while browsing at the library, he came across a book called West Point Today. He read it and set his sights on West Point and a military career. In 1947 he received an appointment to the United States Military Academy. He graduated in June 1951 and married his high school sweetheart, Joyce Lee Anspach, the next day.

During his 30 years of active duty service, Max was assigned to four overseas and six stateside posts. He earned two Masters degrees and graduated from both the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College.

Max received numerous military medals and awards including the Legion of Merit (one oak leaf cluster) and the Bronze Star Medal with the “V” Device (two oak leaf clusters, Viet Nam).

After retirement from active duty Max managed major construction projects for Parsons before retiring a second time in 1991. Then he and Joyce moved to Austin where they enjoyed retired life until Joyce’s death in 1995. In 1997, he married Carolyn Joy De Jong-Richter who brought him much love and happiness.

Max, a man with curiosity and a strong faith, lived life fully with humor and grace. His wide-ranging interests included mediating at the Austin Dispute Resolution Center, genealogy, traveling, and dancing. Max had no equal and will be greatly missed, but his spirit will live on in all who knew him.

Max is survived by his wife, Carolyn; daughter, Marcia (Jeffry) Brinkley; sons, Gerald (Janet); David (Beverley); and Robert; stepchildren, Timothy and Lora Richter. Eleven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren also survive him.

Contributions may be sent to Swan Songs at 4403 Lareina Dr., Austin, TX 78745, Hospice Austin at 4107 Spicewood Springs Road, Suite 100, Austin, TX 78759, tllc at 9508 Great Hills Trail, Austin, TX 78759 or to a charity of your choice.

Family visitation will be held on February 3, 2014 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm followed by an informal eulogy service from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m at Cook-Walden Chapel of the Hills on Anderson Mill Road in Austin. A funeral service will be held at Triumphant Love Lutheran Church on February 4, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Immediately following will be a reception at the church until 1:00 p.m. Burial will follow the reception at Cook-Walden Capital Parks Cemetery off of N. IH 35 in Pflugerville, Texas.


  • Visitation Monday, February 3, 2014
  • Eulogy Monday, February 3, 2014
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, February 4, 2014

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Elizabeth Smith

June 5, 2014

Love and miss you, my Papa.

Clarissa S.

March 4, 2014

Thank you for your service, sir. Rest in peace.

Beth Smith

February 5, 2014

Beth Smith

February 5, 2014

Gaye Kopas

February 4, 2014

I had the honor of serving with Max on the Austin Association of Mediators board for about 9 or 10 years. He was a such pleasure to work with displaying professionalism and wisdom in his comments and suggestions. I am saddened to hear of his death and wish his family all the best during this difficult time.

Linda Curcio

February 4, 2014

I had the privilege of working with Max on mediations involving divorce/custody matters. Max was always assertive, professional and had the ability to balance this with a personable and respectful demeanor. He created a calm environment, quite a feat in this field. I am grateful to have known him. Sending lots of peace and support to his loving family and friends.

Mark Scheider

February 3, 2014

Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you celebrate the life of Uncle Max.

We have many loving memories of Uncle Max and your family visits to Toledo over the years.

May the love of friends and family ease your sadness and may your cherished memories of Max bring you moments of comfort and lasting peace.

The Toledo Scheiders – Carol, Mark, Karen, Mandy and Scott

Kim Greenwood

February 3, 2014

I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to know Max. Rarely do you meet people that are so kind, sincere and genuine. My visits to the Scheider household were my favorites. Thanks for letting me into your lives. Kim Greenwood

Diane Harvey

February 3, 2014

As someone who had the honor of serving with Max both on the board of the Austin Association of Mediators and as a fellow mediator at the Austin DRC, I can tell you what you already know - Max was a wonderful person, intelligent, kind, compassionate, and one that we are all better for knowing.

Kris Donley

February 3, 2014

Max was a devoted and skilled mediator with whom I had the pleasure of working with for many years at the Dispute Resolution Center. He received the Above and Beyond award given to those mediators who have demonstrated unrelenting availability and will to meet the needs of our community when facing civil adversity. Our hearts are with Max's family whom he spoke lovingly of, and we wish them peace as they carry on Max's legacy in their own endeavors.