William "Wally" Schramm
Schramm, William “Wally” Wallace, July 21, 2018, Beloved husband of late Marjorie “Marge” Schramm; devoted father of Carolyn (Jan) Trachtova and Eric (Lucy) Schramm; loving grandfather of Alena and Katerina Trachtova and Eleanor Jane and Oliver Schramm. Dear cousin, uncle, and friend to many.
Wally grew up in Farmington, MO. He attended Farmington High School, where he lettered in basketball and track. He earned a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MS in Engineering Management from University of Missouri-Rolla. He was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Wally also participated in ROTC and rose to the rank of Captain in the Army Corps of Engineers before he was honorably discharged from military service.
Wally worked for McDonnell Douglas and then Boeing as an engineer for his whole career. He worked on aerospace projects and concepts--Mercury, Gemini, Skylab and the Space Shuttle--that launched American space exploration and helped develop cutting-edge military equipment like the F-4 Phantom fighter jet plane and the Harpoon and Tomahawk cruise missiles.
Wally loved sports and exercise, including shooting hoops, riding his bike, and playing tennis throughout his adult life. He was also devoted to the St. Louis Cardinals; he kept score for every game he attended!
Wally’s beloved wife of 48 years, Marge Schramm was an important figure in the history of the City of Kirkwood. As Marge spent her years in the public eye as councilperson and mayor, Wally was also devoted to service for Kirkwood. In 2002, Wally received the Kirkwood Area Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award. This award recognized his commitment to the Kirkwood Historical Society and, in particular, to Mudd’s Grove, a renovated mansion now serving as the Society’s headquarters. In 2006, the Kirkwood Historical Society bestowed Wally with the Henry T. Mudd Distinguished Service Award. He also sat on the Kirkwood Landmarks Commission. He served an integral role in researching and writing a pictorial history of the city of Kirkwood, of which he was very proud.
A man of deep faith, Wally had a lifelong association with Glendale Lutheran Church and served in many volunteer roles there. Other important involvements included his membership in the Kirkwood Optimist Club and volunteer work with the Boy Scouts of America; he was an Eagle Scout.
Wally and Marge were proud owners of a Missouri Century Farm. They worked tirelessly to renovate the farm house and spent many hours on projects “down on the farm.” He was an avid woodworker and renovated many pieces of family furniture.
Wally’s love for his family, friends, church, and community will always be remembered.
Funeral Saturday, July 28, 2018, 10:00 am, at Glendale Lutheran Church, 1365 N. Sappington Road. Private interment. Visitation Friday, July 27, 4-8:00 pm at Bopp Chapel, 10610 Manchester, Rd. Kirkwood. Should friends desire, memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice or to the Lewy Body Dementia Association www.lbda.org/donate