Clarence George Schomburg passed away on Sunday afternoon, February 19, 2023, at the age of 82. He was a lifelong resident of the Ganado community and a member of St. James Lutheran Church. He served proudly in the United States Navy, followed by 38 years of teaching, with a focus on high school agricultural education, retiring from teaching in 2001. Clarence married Marie "Bunny" Schomburg in 1966 and they have two sons. Douglas Schomburg, wife Lisa, and their daughter Zoe, live in Rosenberg. Jeff Schomburg, wife Mitzi, and their two children, Jakob and Mackenzie, live in New Braunfels. Throughout his lifetime he was heavily involved in ranching and agricultural pursuits, including the operation of the family ranch located south of Edna in Jackson County.
Clarence was born on July 17, 1940, in Ganado, Texas to the late Bennie and Adell Schomburg. Clarence was the oldest of three children, which includes Arthur Schomburg and Paulette McElveen. Due to their father's early passing at 38 years of age, the children played a stronger role in assisting their mother with the family farm and ranch duties.
Clarence graduated in 1958 from Ganado High School and then attended Wharton County Junior College, earning an Associate's degree in 1960. He continued to Sam Houston State University and obtained a Bachelor's degree in Education in 1962 followed by a Master's degree in Education in 1963.
Clarence enlisted in the US Navy in 1963 and served proudly through 1965. As part of his military training, he attended Medical Science and Pharmacy School in San Diego and became a Naval Medical Corpsman. Most of his time was spent assigned to the USS Everglades, a naval supply ship serving the Atlantic and Mediterranean.
After Clarence was honorably discharged, he began his teaching career and married Marie "Bunny" Hutchens of Edna and settled in Port Lavaca. He taught vocational agriculture at Calhoun High School for three years from 1966 to 1969. In the Summer of 1969, Clarence accepted a position at Edna High School as an agricultural education teacher and they also began their family when their son Douglas was born the same year. Their son Jeff was born in 1972. Clarence continued teaching at Edna High School until his retirement in 2001.
During his many years in education, Clarence provided countless hours of assistance for his students with ag projects for the Jackson County Fair. In addition, he served in the role of Student Advisor for the Edna High School FFA. He also served in multiple leadership positions throughout the community.
A long-standing member of the American Legion, Clarence served as Adjutant for Post 346 in Ganado. He was an elected member of the Ganado ISD School Board for 16 years. In addition, he served as Council President for the St. James Lutheran Church, and served as a board member of the Jackson County Navigation District, the Ganado Cemetery Association, and the Texana Groundwater Board.
Throughout his life, Clarence was deeply involved with family-related farm and ranch work, starting at a young age. He oversaw the daily operations of Texana Ranch, founded by the family in 1873. Following his retirement from teaching, Clarence enjoyed spending more time at the ranch and with his sons and grandchildren (Jakob, Zoe, and Mackenzie), where he passed along his life lessons and appreciation for the land.
Over the years, Clarence positively impacted the lives of countless individuals, influencing multiple generations throughout the community. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.
"Well done...thy good and faithful servant!"
Pallbearers will be: Jeff Schomburg, Douglas Schomburg, Scott Schomburg, Arthur Schomburg, Jakob Schomburg and David Roman.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. James Lutheran Church or Grow in Grace Senior Living.
There will be a visitation beginning at 9:00 am on Saturday, February 25, 2023 at St. James Lutheran Church, followed by the Funeral Service at 10:00 am with Pastor Rosemarie Doucette officiating, interment will follow at Ganado Cemetery.
Services have been entrusted to Russell Todish of Ganado Funeral Home, 800 S. Third St. Ganado, Texas 77962, 361-771-2120.
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