Melvin Schaefer

Melvin Schaeffer went to be with his Lord Saviour Christ on Saturday, April 30, 2016 with his family by his side. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday also at Our Saviour’s Lutheran. Interment will be at Bryan City Cemetery. Funeral services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral Home and Crematory.

He was born on October 31, 1930 in Coryelle County, Tx. to Theodore and Alma Richter Schaefer. At a young age his family moved to the Austin/Washington County area.  On February 20, 1955, he married the one love of his life, Alice Dippel in Brenham, Texas. In 1957, they moved to Bryan, where he went to work at Woodson Lumber Company, and retired after 41 years.

On July 2, 1959 they had their only child, Joyce Ann.

He was an active member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, and Hermann Son’s, Bryan Lodge No. 99. He enjoyed being with his family and visiting with his friends at the dances at Hermann Son’s on Saturday nights.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Alice Dippel Schaefer; brother and sister-in-law, Walter and Lillie Schaefer; sister and brother-in-law, Selma and Herman Frankie; brothers-in-law Wilfred Rust, Eugene Dippel and Donald Dippel.

Survivors include his daughter, Joyce Schaefer of Bryan; sister, Christine Rust of Bryan; Sisters-In-Law and Brothers-In-Law, LeeRoy and Deloris Winkleman of Brenham, Sidney and Janice Kapner of Pasadena, Elaine Dippel of Houston, Bernice Rodenbeck of Brenham, Dorothea Dippel of Lake Jackson, Alvin Dippel of Brenham and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Melvin’s memory to Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church.

For more information contact 

Callawy-Jones Funeral & Cremation Centers

3001 S College Avenue
Bryan, TX 77801
United States (US)
Phone: (979) 822-3717


  1. Joyce Ann,

    Shirley and I are so very sorry for the passing of Mr. Melvin. God needed a good man and He decides who goes on and when. I had the joy of having many good conversations with Mr. Melvin and really respected him and his homespun ways of telling a good story. I know I knew a good man.

    May God bless you,
    John Martin and Shirley Sodolak

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