Alumnus and Lifelong Champion, Jack Schramm ’40, ’42C, Passes Away; Wake Service in TMP-Marian Chapel Sunday, June 4 at 7:00 p.m.
Jack Schramm, 93, died peacefully in his sleep on June 2, 2017 at Via Christi Village in Hays. A lifelong champion and supporter of Thomas More Prep-Marian he had just marked the 75 year anniversary of his graduation from its predecessor school, St. Joseph’s Military Academy.
Jack was born August 1, 1923, in Arkansas City Kansas to Vic and Maurie Schramm. He enrolled at SJMA as a freshman in the fall of 1936, earning both his high school diploma in 1940 and his associate’s degree in 1942. As a student he earned the school’s highest honor, the ROTC Medal of Honor. On the day of his junior college graduation, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the US Army and reported to Fort Riley. He served with distinction in WWII, earning the Bronze Star for courage in 1944 after safely bringing his rifle company across the Danube River at night, avoiding enemy fire or any casualties.
In 1948 he married Roma Waters. They made their first home in Salzburg Austria while Jack continued his Army service during the occupation and rebuilding of Austria. They returned to the US living in Santa Fe and later Albuquerque, New Mexico, where all their children were born.
In 1967, Jack returned to Hays taking on the first of many roles at SJMA, later TMP-Marian. Over the next 25 years he served as Director of Admissions, established the school’s alumni office, ACE auction, golf tournament, and the Endowment Foundation. He retired in 1992, but came out of retirement to serve first as Director of Stewardship for the Dodge City Diocese and later the Heartland Parishes of Ellis County. In 2002, after the passing of his wife Roma, Jack fully retired enjoying many trips to TMP-Marian sporting events for most of the next decade. He was named an affiliate of the Capuchin Order, received the “Points of Light” designation at TMP-Marian, and was dubbed the TMP-M “Number One Fan” by players, coaches, parents, and the Hays Daily News.
Jack is survived by his daughter Kathy Ensworth of Longmont Colorado and her husband John, and daughter Emma; his daughter Julie Clifton of Bogata Texas, her husband David, and children Steve Shade and Kelly Martin and her husband James; and his son David and his husband Ken Daigle and their children Tobias Lamai Ezra and Roma Schramm. He is further survived by four loving nieces Vicki Leyba of Irving TX, Jody Howard of Thornton CO, Debbie Vanderlinde of Westmoreland, KS and Teri Parsons of Colorado Springs, CO. He is preceded in death by his wife Roma, his son Vic, his grandson John Shade, as well as his parents and sister Joan Howard.
A wake service will be held in the TMP-Marian chapel on Sunday June 4 at 7 pm with visitation from 6 to 8 pm. His funeral Mass will be held at St. Joseph’s Church at 10:00 AM Monday June 5. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to TMP-Marian earmarked to the fourth floor renovation project, a portion of which will be named in Jack’s memory. CLICK HERE to read more about the project.
I have fought the good fight to the end; I have run the race to the finish; I have kept the faith;
all there is to come for me now is the crown of uprightness which the Lord, the upright judge, will give to me on that Day; and not only to me but to all those who have longed for his appearing. 2 Timothy 4:6-8
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord.
And let the perpetual light shine upon him.
May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
The following was written by Christy Moeder, TMP-Marian Class of 2011:
During my junior year at TMP in English, we were asked to write a poem about a person in our lives that we really did not know personally but inspired us. I chose to write about Jack Schramm.
Our Number One Fan
Those wrinkles hide what I see inside
His smile never falters
His kindness shining
Bright as the stars in the sky
His lack of speed never deters
His determination as sturdy as a bison
We all know his name
But does anyone really know him
Attending all events
His voice rising above
Over the cheers of the multitude
His seat reserved
Earned with the respect he deserves
His support never ceasing
We teenagers keeping him young
The void will be felt the day he disappears
His ability to keep the soul of the school alive
He’s been there forever
He’s part of our history
This man we call our number one fan