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Charles Ross Schraeder

June 22, 1935November 16, 2020
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Charles Ross Schraeder was born June 22, 1935, and died November 15, 2020 in Carrollton, Texas. He was born in Wichita, Kansas, to Charles and Frances Schraeder.

Following his graduation from Dodge City High School in 1953, Ross spent two years studying at Dodge City College, where he was a member of the cheerleading squad. He earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry from Wichita State University in 1957, followed by a master’s degree in chemistry in 1959. While working as a teaching assistant at Wichita State, Ross met student Diana Holmes, and the two married on August 16, 1958. They had three children—Jeffery, Darren and Danna—and were happily married for 45 years, until Diana’s death in February 2004. Later in life, Ross reconnected with his high-school sweetheart, Jane Kerbs, and the two married in June 2005. Ross and Jane built a wonderful life together in Cross Roads, Texas, where Ross served as a City Council Member and was elected Mayor in 2011. The two shared many travels, including annual trips to their beloved Big Island of Hawaii. Jane passed away in December 2017.

Ross worked at Texas Instruments for 35 years before retiring as the head of the TI Chemical Operations Department. He then went on to do consulting work for Air Liquide for several years. He was an avid coin collector, especially of English-hammered coins, and was a founding member of Numismatics International in 1964.

Ross is survived by children Jeffery Schraeder, Darren Schraeder and wife Tina, and Danna Banick; brother Lynn Schraeder and wife Claire; grandchildren Jordan, Jeremy, Meredith and Chloe Schraeder; sisters-in-law Judy Holmes, Rozanne Holmes, Kathy Dexter and husband Steve; and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by Jane’s sisters, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, whom he loved like his own.

Ross was predeceased by his parents, Charles and Frances Schraeder; wife Diana Holmes Schraeder; wife Jane Kerbs Schraeder; son-in-law Blain Banick; and brothers-in-law Mike Holmes and Charlie Holmes.

We would like to sincerely thank everyone at Briarview Assisted Living for being so good to him these last couple of years.

A celebration of Ross’ life will be held Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 3:00 PM at Ted Dickey West Funeral Home, located at 7990 President George Bush Turnpike, Dallas, Texas 75252.

A livestream of the service will be available at https://vimeo.com/480977694.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (https://www.michaeljfox.org/donate) in honor of Charles Ross Schraeder.

Ted Dickey West Funeral Home in Dallas, Texas has charge of arrangements.

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Kay Kitchens Hopkins

November 23, 2020

I’ve known Ross for about 20 years during time lived in Cross Roads, TX. And after. I remember many events and activities from that time. I remember Ross as fun, witty and, of course, very intelligent.
For years I asked him for his recipe for Vanilla. He always told me he couldn’t share it because he had committed not to at the death bed of a friend. Years later he called and asked me if I wanted to make vanilla and he would give me the recipe! I went to his home and we made a big batch of vanilla. (It was then he told me that the death bed story was a little joke). Since that time I have continued his vanilla legacy by giving out free bottles of homemade vanilla and refilling bottles upon request. Ross was a friend and a treasure. He is missed.

Tim & Lori Kerbs

November 22, 2020

Tim & Lori Kerbs

November 22, 2020

Dear Ross ,

We're so thankful and blessed to have become a part of your family. We will forever cherish our memories of our trips to TX and spending Christmas Eve's together .Easter service with you & Mom at Oak Grove . Our relaxing Sunday drives around Crossroads after church and sitting on the porch watching the birds and listening to the bugs getting louder at dusk. Our trips to Walmart and hearing all your great stories. You will forever remain in our hearts and never be forgotten. And as you always sang " Life Is Like A Bowl of Cherries " ....Love you !!!

Larry Fisher

November 22, 2020

Ross was a dear friend and encourager. He was a charter member of my Cross Roads ROMEO Group (Retired Old Men Eating Out). Every month our ROMEOs got together for lunch and idle chatter. If he was in town, I could count on Ross to be there. That’s the kind of friend he was. Always available when you needed someone you could count on. I served on Town Council with Ross and appreciated his willingness to serve our community and to share both his wisdom and leadership. I’ve missed Ross’s presence, service, and friendship. Rarely a week went by that I didn’t think of Ross but I take comfort in knowing he’s now in a better place. Thank you, Ross, for your friendship and support.

Wesley Moore

November 22, 2020

There aren't enough words in the dictionary to describe Ross. He was so many things, "Heart" is the closest. Everything Ross did was with his heart. He gave his all, he was gentle, kind, giving and always
happy. Even if you argued with Ross you always came away happy to have had the opportunity to have spent that time with him, whether you felt you won or lost the conversation!
I have missed him the past few years since his departure from Cross Roads and my departure from Oak Shores, but as we move forward we cherish the fantastic, fun times of the past. RIP old friend.

Diana Garnand

November 22, 2020

Ross, you are an amazing soul and my life and years at Briarview were enriched because of knowing, and caring, for you! Thank you for all the laughs! Ramble on my sweet friend. You will be missed but not forgotten.

Laurel Wallace

November 20, 2020

I first met Ross 21 years ago. Ross and Diana were building their home in Oakshores as were Randy and I. We became good friend and as the years passed we shared many happy times with Ross and Diana, with Jane after Diana’s passing, and his wonderful children.

My favorite Ross story is the night he and Wes decided to go skinny dipping in the lake by our home. The next morning Ross realized that somewhere that night he lost possession of his wallet. Danna to the rescue discovered the wallet on the shore of Lake Lewisville.

So many words come to mind when I think of Ross, a few..... intelligent, humorous, loving, compassionate, impish, loyal, generous. I count myself fortunate to have known Ross. I will miss him but I will cherish my many happy memories of a wonderful man.

My sincere condolences to his wonderful family.

Virden & Elva Seybold

November 20, 2020

Ross and Diana moved to Oak Shores at the same time as we did 20 years ago and we immediately became good friends. One day we got a call from our contractor (Buddy) to come get him and Ross out of their elevator that they were stuck in, something had malfunctioned that could only be fixed from the outside! Ross and I were on the Town Council together for many years, and a small group of us worked many weeks on the Planned Development of the Villages and the Walmart Shopping Area. I served under Ross for the 2 years he was Mayor. Ross was always generous with letting me use his pickup truck whenever I needed it. We watched Ross and Jane’s house go up just as we had watched his and Diana’s house being built and spent many good times (playing chicken foot dominoes) etc with our good friends!

Suzanne Weaver

November 19, 2020

Ross was a gentle sweet man who made everyone feel welcome. He made his own vanilla and gave out little bottles on holidays. It was better than store bought by far. He will be greatly missed.

Judy Holmes

November 19, 2020

Ross has been a constant source of love and laughter in my life since 1966 when I joined the Holmes family. We had many wonderful Christmases and summer vacations at the Schraeder abode. Ross made me feel that it was a treat for him to have us there. Poker games with Ross and the rest of the family were always lively and full of laughter. Ross loved his family deeply and was very proud of them. I will cherish the memories he has given me and will remember his love always.

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