William (Bill) Reinhold Schirmer, age 90, of Rowlett, TX, passed away March 4, 2019. He was born November 11, 1928, in Denison, TX, to Reinhold Schirmer and Viola Mae Allen. Bill retired honorably, a Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force. During his distinguished career, he traveled the world to Germany, Korea, Philippines, and Taiwan among many other countries. While stateside, he was stationed at bases in SC, TX, NM, FL, and OK.
Retiring from the Air Force in 1972, he accepted a position with Texas Instruments in Dallas, TX as an Electronics Technician, specializing in Video Radio equipment, where he worked until his second retirement in 1993. Realizing he still enjoyed staying busy, he worked seven more years in Rowlett, TX.
Education was very important to Bill, and he attended Texas A&M in the early 1950’s for three years. Although he didn’t achieve his degree, he always considered himself an Aggie at heart. He enjoyed watching football, which he played in high school, and also the Aggie band. Later he earned his associates at Richland College in Electronics.
Bill always enjoyed being physically fit and his favorite exercise was walking. From his days as a youth in Denison, TX where he walked East Texas Street to high school and back, his passion for walking never ended. At 90 years old he continued to have the desire to walk, insisting on using his walker to check the mail daily.
When the Rowlett Community Center opened in the early 1990’s, Bill was one of the first members. He would walk 6-8 miles a day, many times twice a day, continuing this until he could no longer drive in 2018. Over the years he logged thousands of miles, even one summer winning a most miles logged challenge. On vacations, he enjoyed hiking and majestic views. When his wife of sixty nine years Louise, was by his side, they enjoyed their trips together to the casinos, where she would play games and he would spend time in the gym on the treadmill. Bill was a type 2 diabetic and attributed exercise and diet to his good health.
When he wasn’t working or walking, he enjoyed yard work, reading technical and political commentary books, and sitting outside on the porch with his wife and dogs, enjoying the weather, birds, squirrels, and landscape. Having been raised on a farm, he appreciated life’s simple gifts and always maintained a humble attitude towards life; hard work, healthy living, and honesty. He enjoyed people and they enjoyed him. In his final months, he met many people, and everyone who met him loved his smile and his approach to life. He will be deeply missed.
William is survived by his daughters: Edith Lee Schirmer; Marcella Marie Lowe and husband Michael Perry; son: Dwight Douglas Schirmer and wife Regina; brother: Robert David Schirmer and wife Sherry; grandchildren: Farrah Lee Clayton, Cassey Marie Knetsch, Cody Matthew Haak and wife Whitney, Michelle Marie Lowe, Michael Joseph Lowe and wife Chie Gau, Thomas William Lowe, Andrew Reinhold Schirmer and wife Leanne and Jake August Schirmer; great grandchildren: Cadence Chalee Haak, Cyrlea Cheyenne Haak, Alithia Lorraine Haak, Gabrielle Rain Clayton, Skyler Marie Kaercher, Canaan River Wright, Elena Gau Lowe and Evelyn Rose Schirmer. Nephew: Michael Schirmer; Niece: Alice Stratton; and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife: Louise Fransiska Schirmer; his parents: Reinhold and Viola Schirmer; (half-brother): Theodore (Ted) Schirmer.
A graveside service at DFW National Cemetery will be held at a later date.