Laurence Allen “Hank” Schilder

Laurence Allen “Hank” Schilder
December 06, 1926 – March 12, 2015

Laurence (Hank) Schilder, age 88, passed away March 12 at home in Brenham. From the time he was a little boy he was drawing pictures of planes and boats. That eventually led to a career as a commercial artist where he met his future wife, Maurine, of nearly 66 years. He was well known and liked by friends and clients alike for his outgoing personality and sense of humor. He never met a stranger. He was welcomed into the afterlife by his parents and son, W. Ben, and many friends that passed before him. He is survived by his wife, Maurine; daughter, Nancy Webster and husband Tracy; son, Steve Schilder; son, (David) Rusty Schilder; sister, Dorothy Moss; grandchildren, Jessica, Travis, Haley, and John Schilder; and nieces and nephews. According to his wishes, there will be no formal service. A celebration of his life for family and close friends will be announced at a later date. Donations in his memory may be made to Hospice of Brazos Valley.


  1. Steve, I would like to extend my deepest condolences to you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Uncle Hank was my favorite uncle. I remember years ago when a new James Bond movie opened in Houston and I would go with him to watch it (for some reason he and I were the only family fans). He made my Dad laugh every time he would ask how you are doing and you would reply “I’m vertical.” I think he (my Dad) plagiarized that line whenever he could use it. What am I saying? – I sometimes plagiarize that line when I’m feeling particularly Schilderish. Which is unusual coming from a Reagor :). Uncle Hank was a true cowboy and I’m proud to have had a man of such quality in our extended family.

  3. Although I never had the opportunity/honor to meet Mr. Hank Schilder, I have had the great opportunity to meet and come to know his son Steve. I can only imagine what terrific person that he was/is based on such a high quality individual Steve is!! God Bless him and his wife Maureen and thank you for such a terrific son and giving individual!

  4. Maureen,
    Was so sorry to read of Hank’s passing. I’ll always remember him as the most gentle, sweet man, compassionate with a tender sense of humor.
    Have wonderful memories of our times together here and in Brenham.
    There must be some fishing tournament going on in Heaven!
    My sympathies to you and your family,

  5. I just found this notice today Feb. 8, 2016. I am sorry to hear of Hank’s passing. Hank hired me as a graphic designer in 1981 and he was a kind and gentle man. Great smile and very good boss. I was young 26 yo and my husband and I had just moved down from Kentucky.
    I remember Hank fondly and always will… Karen Koster

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