Paul Wagner Schedler, MD, died on May 2, 2013 at age 87. He was a resident of Austin, TX, from 1974 to 2011. He was a resident of Rockford, IL from 2011 to the present.
Dr. Schedler was born on September 24, 1925 in Harvard, IL. He was the son of Lutheran Pastor John M. Schedler and Caroline Wagner Schedler. After his mother's death, the family relocated to Victoria, Texas. From age 12, Paul grew up in Victoria with his father and step-mother, Grayce Esmond Schedler and one half-brother, Robert Schedler.
Paul served in the Navy during WWII as a Musician 2nd Class. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1950. He took his M.D. from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in 1954. He completed his Family Practice Internship and Residency at San Bernardino County Hospital in San Bernardino, CA.
Dr. Schedler opened his private practice in Denton, Texas in August, 1957. In 1971, he changed career directions and served as a medical missionary in Nicaragua and Puerto Rico. In 1974, he served as Director of Family Practice Residency at Breckenridge Hospital, Austin, TX. In 1976, he became a staff physician at the Austin State School and later Medical Director of that facility. In the early 1990's, he continued his career as an administrator at the State level in the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation until his retirement in 2000.
Paul is survived by his son, Michael Schedler and daughter-in-law, Jenny Schedler, of New York City; former wife Jeanne Schedler Gent and her spouse, Stephen Gent of Rockford, IL; and one cousin, Billy Wagner of Uvalde, TX. He was predeceased by his daughter Kathleen Schedler and his brother Robert Schedler.
Paul enjoyed his medical career immensely and equally enjoyed his retirement passions of travel, reading, and cooking. He was a lifelong lover of classical music and jazz.
This kind, gentle, humorous, and well-loved man will be missed dearly by those who love him.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8th at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home on North Lamar. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 3525 Bee Cave Rd, Austin. Interment will follow at Austin Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to Austin Smiles, P.O. Box 26694, Austin, TX 78755, or at www.austinsmiles.org
Obituary and guestbook available online at www.wcfish.com
Arrangements by Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78705 - (512) 452-8811