Russ was born April 13th, 1935, in Colorado County, Texas, to Russell Schraeder and Grace Furguson. He passed on from this life on Sunday morning June 10th, 2012.
Russ made a grand entrance wherever he went in his cowboy boots and cowboy hat with the friendliest greetings ever. If you ever met him you would remember him and be the better for it.
Russ had a fantastic ability to put a smile on your face and would always see through the bad times with a positive outlook and belief that everything would turn out all right if you had a positive attitude.
Russ enjoyed his family, friends, his truck driving career, drinking coffee, reading Louis L’Amour books and belting out his famous “Russisms” whenever he got the chance. Some of the more frequently used were “we’re heading out like a herd of turtles” and “look out boys we’re coming through sideways!”
He will be missed by his family, friends and many acquaintances at truck stops, coffee shops, barber shops, cafes and other such places across the country.
Russ is survived by his wife, Wilma Schraeder, of Mineral Wells, Texas. Sons Jason Schraeder (and wife Virginia) of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, Donnie Schraeder of Fort Worth and Randy Schraeder of Mason, Texas. Daughters Sue Sears of Mason, Texas, Jayme Foreman (and husband David) of Mineral Wells. Granddaughters Russellana “Rusty” Braim of Gassville, Arkansas, Felicia Fountain of Franklin, Arkansas, Lacey Lytle of Wichita Falls, Texas. Grandsons Bubba Cargal of Conway Arkansas, Tommy Schraeder of Menomonee, Wisconsin and Daniel Harney of Kingsland, Texas. Seven great grandchildren. Stepdaughter Judy Barnett (and husband Eddie) of Mineral Wells. Stepsons Jerry and Jimmy Funderburg of Mineral Wells. Sisters Ronelda Wendler and Myrle McDuffie of Marble Falls, Texas, Flo Winn of Page, Arizona. He was also a dear uncle to numerous nephews and nieces who knew him as “Uncle Sonny”.
Russ was preceded in Death by daughter Rose Cargal and brother Roland Schraeder.
Russ believed that memorials were what each of us had in our hearts and asked that no services be given. He asked for each of us to remember him as he was.