GLEN ROSE - Paul B. Schuelke, 79, a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and coach, passed away Tuesday, May 5, in Glen Rose. The funeral was held on Saturday, May 9, at Wiley Funeral Home in Glen Rose with burial at Squaw Creek cemetery in Rainbow.
Schuelke was born Sept. 4, 1929, in Neiderwald, to Arthur and Nellie Boesel Schuelke. He attended Lockhart High School and developed a love for the game of football. While at Lockhart High he was an all-state tight end and was chosen to participate in the Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star Football Game. He was a member of the All Central Texas Iron Man Team in 1948. Because of his football talent, Paul received a scholarship to attend McMurry University in Abilene. During his freshman year, he helped the McMurry football team win a conference championship. After attending college for three years, Paul was drafted into the Army where he served as a paratrooper. When he returned from war, he went back to McMurry University and received his degree in Physical Education in 1954.
Schuelke married Mary Lou Gainey on Aug. 11, 1951. His first coaching assignment was ion Archer City from 1954-58. In 1958, Paul was interviewing for a new job when he stopped to have lunch in Glen Rose. While eating his meal, he learned that Glen Rose was looking for a new coach and was hired within days. Schuelke coached and taught at Glen Rose from 1958-91. During his time at Glen Rose he was the A.D./Head Football coach from 1962-79. He compiled an 88-76-8 record. He is the all-time winningest coach in Glen Rose football. He helped bring three district titles to Glen Rose in 1966, 1972, and 1978.
Schuelke was the head girl’s basketball coach from 1961-76. During this time, the team made three appearances at the State Tournament, in 1963, 1968, and 1971. The 1971 team placed second at the State Tournament. He compiled 10 district championships during this time. During his basketball coaching career he won over 400 games and brought Glen Rose to perennial power.
Schuelke’s enthusiasm for coaching helped win numerous district titles in volleyball, girls track and baseball. As well as two regional track titles and a regional bid in baseball in 1972.
Many will remember Paul as a teacher, coach, and friend. Throughout his years in Glen Rose he coached and taught hundreds of students and every one of them were special to him. Schuelke’s loyalty to the Glen Rose Tigers was strong and true. He rarely went a day without wearing his familiar red shirt or his Glen Rose hat. He was truly a “one of a kind.”
The family would like to thank the Glen Rose Nursing Home and Glen Rose Medical Center for their excellent love and care. A special thanks to Dr. Karen Burroughs and Administrator Gary Marks for their assistance during this difficult time. Because of the staff’s special care, Coach Schuelke was able to return to Glen Rose, a town he loved, for his final days.
Coach Schuelke was preceded in death by his parents, Nellie and Arthur Schuelke; his sister Bernice Heine; and brothers, Arthur Jr. and Manfred.
Survivors include sons, Mike and wife, Candy, of Fort Worth, and Glen and wife, Carrie, of Paris; daughter, Debbie Brownson and husband, Tim, of Farr; former wife, Mary Lou Schuelke of Glen Rose; grandchildren, Sam and wife, Mehgan, Shanna, Payne, Colton, and Peyton; great-grandchild, Aubrey; brothers, Lee and wife, Velda, and Royce and wife, Cynthia; sister, Susie Roach and husband, Wesley; and numerous nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
Published May 13, 2009
Glen Rose Reporter