Michael David Schall

November 20, 1947April 29, 2013

MICHAEL DAVID SCHALL, of Spring Texas, entered into rest on Monday April 29, 2013 at the age of 65. Mike was born on November 20, 1947 to Fritz and Ramona (Shults) Schall in Woodward, Oklahoma. Mike moved frequently as a child due to his father’s work with Mobil Oil, living in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. Mike graduated as salutatorian from Robert E. Lee High School in Midland Texas in 1966. He received a BS in Petroleum Engineering with honors from Texas Tech University in 1970. Mike served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve before joining Atlantic Richfield Company in 1970. Mike’s career with ARCO involved engineering and managerial assignments in Louisiana, Texas and Alaska. Mike retired from ARCO and joined Occidental Petroleum Company in 1994. Mike’s work with Oxy took him to assignments in Qatar and Russia. While in Russia, Mike married Galina Terskova on April 30, 1998. Mike joined Halliburton Energy in 1998 and worked in Indonesia. Mike suffered a tragic accident in 2000 that left him as a quadriplegic. Mike returned to Texas, met the challenges of his disability, and led an active life. Mike especially enjoyed spending time with his family, cheering for the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Tech Red Raiders, and being involved with the Russian community in Houston. Mike is survived by his mother, Ramona Schall; his wife, Galina; their son, Valery Dreer and his wife Tatiana; his grandchildren, Milana and Mark Dreer; his sister Karla Colle and her husband Tom and daughter Beth; and his aunt Elsie Schall Morris. A Visitation will be held 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at Earthman Resthaven Funeral Home. The Celebration of Life Funeral Service will be held at 12:00 p.m., Thursday May 2, 2013 in the Chapel of Earthman Resthaven. Interment will follow at Earthman Resthaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mike’s memory to the St Vladimir Russian Orthodox Church, 24 Tidwell Rd., Houston, Texas 77022-1906, or the charity of your choice.


  • Visitation Wednesday, May 1, 2013
  • Celebration of Life Funeral Service Thursday, May 2, 2013

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Rosalie Diangar

May 4, 2013

It was a pleasure knowing Michael I am very sorry for your loss.

God Bless You

Kerim Huseynov

May 2, 2013

From the first time I've met Michael 10 or 12 years ago I felt that we will be good friends and we was friends I proud and thankful to life that I met him, he always glowed with positive energy and warmth coming from his extremely strong soul and his hart full of love. He was a first person I ask for advice when I had questions or problem and he always helped with good advice, I will miss him as a best friend and wise person. We spend a lot of time together but as it feel very painful now, apparently not enough.

Farhad Huseynov

May 2, 2013

It was my pleasure knowing Michael I will miss him dearly he was always over for good BBQ and Beer

Mary Sue Andrews Hodges

May 1, 2013

I remember Mike from our mutual ARCO days. He was a fine, bright young professional and I know his family will miss him greatly.

Larry Macicek

May 1, 2013

I and Charla are very sorry to hear of Mike's passing. Our days around him, particularly during our time in Midland, are filled with fun memories (Mike did enjoy playing dominoes). He was a pleasure to work with and always showed great integrity. He will be missed. Our prayers go out to his family.

Joe Beckwith

May 1, 2013

It was my pleasure to know and work with Mike during start-up and early production of ARCO's Kuparuk field on Alaska's North Slope. He was intense, hard-driving but fun. He will surely be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Patrick Magers

May 1, 2013

I worked for Mike at ARCO in the 90's. I have to say, Mike was the best boss I've ever had. What a gentleman.

Dan Mustarde

May 1, 2013

I'm proud to say that I met Mike in 1966 and graduated from Texas Tech with him in 1970. Our Petroleum Engineering class was very small, and tight knit. I believe there were only 12 in our class. Mike is one of the nicest people I ever met, and extremely intelligent. My prayers and condolences go out to Mike's family and friends.

Jim Johnstone

May 1, 2013

Mike was one of the best people that I ever had the pleasure working for at ARCO. He was always on top of things, but had a very easy going manner. We are going to miss you! Rest in Peace.