Jim “Papa Jim” Edward Wehmeyer


July 28, 1938 – December 5, 2019

Jim Edward Wehmeyer passed away peacefully on Dec. 5, 2019. He was 81.

Wehmeyer was born on July 28, 1938, in Port Arthur, Texas, to Henry and Emma Schaefer Wehmeyer. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1957 until his honorable discharge in 1961.

On May 5, 1978, he married Janice Schill. She asked him to be her date for a wedding, and the rest is history. He immediately went from bachelor to family man with four children, and was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

His career spanned different fields, including credit collections, construction and car sales. He served as an oil field dispatch for Dowell, a prison guard and chef. After diabetes forced him to retire, he took up woodworking and making outdoor furniture.

Jim took pride in supporting his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Known as Papa Jim, he was a constant presence at their many activities and sporting events. He was the first one in the stands, often sporting a baseball cap of the school his grandchild played for, from A&M Consolidated to Normangee.

As his friends and family members often say, Jim never met a stranger. The proof of that is in all the loved ones he leaves behind. Though we will miss him terribly, we are grateful for the time we had with him.

He is preceded in death by wife Janice Schill; father Henry William Wehmeyer and mother Emma Schaefer Wehmeyer; brother Eugene Wehmeyer and wife Marion; sister Dora Landry and husband Clarence “Mickey” Landry; sister Alma Rottmann and husband Ronald “Ronnie” Rottmann; sister Emma “Gerry” Zimmermann; brother-in-law Gerhardt “Gary” Rottmann; brother-in-law Claude Potts; and sister-in-law Mildred Wehmeyer.

Jim is survived by children Dan Schill and wife Peggy of College Station; Linda Corgey and husband Bart of Edge; Kathy Brewer and husband Glen of Bryan; Cindy Schoeneman and fiancé Brian Peevey of Bryan;  sister Gladys Rottmann of Tomball; brother Henry Wehmeyer Jr. and wife Rosanne of Alamogordo, New Mexico; sister Ethel Sullivan and husband John Sullivan Jr. of Springfield, Virginia; sister Ruth Potts of Crystal Beach, Texas; brother-in-law Jim Zimmermann Sr. of Austin; grandchildren Wes Schill and wife Brianna of College Station; Megan Compton and husband Aaron of College Station; Jimmy Schulz of Bryan; Sheila Schill of Bryan; Michael Corgey and wife Loren of Edge; John Corgey and wife Cassandra of Edge; Arthur Corgey and wife Amanda of Bryan; Samantha Helton and husband Tyler of Edge; Kristie Clark and husband Rob of College Station; Randi McAleese and husband Jeremy of College Station; Keith Eastep of Bryan; and Chad Peevey.

His great-grandchildren: Willow Schill; Kelsi, Reagan, Tanner, Brayton, Paxton and Keaton Corgey; Kage and Kent Helton; Grace, Merritt and Caroline Clark; Madelynn Hodges; Jaxson and Blakely McAleese; Cayden Eastep; Alaeha Waters; Brionna Robinson; Jimmy Schulz Jr.; Hayle Schulz; Shelby and Kyle Einkauf; Justin Garcia;  and one great-great grandchild on the way.

A visitation will be held Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Callaway-Jones Funeral Home and Crematory in Bryan. A graveside funeral service will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at New Church Cemetery Edge, Texas.

Express condolences at CallawayJones.com.



  1. God Bless Jim and his family during this very difficult time. The kids have really stepped up to be there for our precious Jim. The family is very very appreciative

  2. Jim, will truly be missed. He was the president of our residents council, he was very sociable .We will all miss him dearly. May you find peace and comfort during this time.

  3. Jim, AKA, “Trouble”, I will truly miss you. You were a constant light, and someone I always looked forward to seeing when I clocked in. I hope you know how much joy you brought into my life. Thank you for all of the laughs, helping me grow as a person and therapist, and of course, dog treats for Koda.

  4. Sending prayers out to the whole family during this time. Papa jim was such a sweet man, and was there for so many of us growing up and I’ll always cherish him for that! He will be missed by many.
    Love yall.

  5. We are sending our condolences to Jim’s family. He will be missed by all. He was always entertaining and we loved to hear his stories. My sister, Janice, will be happy to have her man with her again. Love all of you.

  6. I’m so terribly sorry for your loss. Myself & my children thought the world of him. He insisted my 6yr olds call him Papa Jim , he was always asking about them or sending them home suckers or something sweet. Gonna miss his stories & his smile.. he sure did keep us on our toes.

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