GEORGETOWN — Ben Schleder, a 92-year-old resident of Georgetown, died on Monday, April 21, the day after 19 family members gathered to pay him a final tribute on Easter Sunday.
Schleder was born August 15, 1921 in White Lake, S.D. to Peter and Mary (Cahill) Schleder. He married Betty Latham, his wife of more than 40 years, on August 17, 1973 in Evergreen, Colo.
During World War II, Schleder was a pharmacist’s mate first class in the U.S. Navy. After his military service, he was self-employed his entire career in oil and gas production, real estate investment and development in Texas and Colorado, in addition to myriad other entrepreneurial ventures.
Schleder was a member of the Ben Hur Shrine in Austin and a member of the Royal Order of Jesters. He was an active member of Martindale United Methodist Church until he moved to the Sun City retirement community in Georgetown following a stroke.
His family remembers Schleder for his “witticisms, work ethic, gentlemanly charm and as a man of great integrity who was devoted to family and friends,” according to his official obituary.
Schleder is survived by his wife, three sons and two daughters: Cassandra Suggs of Austin; Bernard “Max” Schleder of San Marcos; Lynden Jay of Morrison, Colo.; Russ Schleder of Littleton, Colo.; and Randy Schleder of Littleton, Colo. He is also survived by seven grandchildren: Ethan Schleder and Miles Schleder of San Marcos; Trevor Suggs of Austin; and Jason Schleder, Natalie Schleder, Tyanne Schleder and Brandon Schleder of Colorado.
Schleder was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and a sister.
Services will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 6 at Ramsey Funeral Home, 5600 Williams Drive in Georgetown, followed immediately by a reception. A memorial spreading of ashes, with military honors, will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 6 at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery, 11463 Texas 195 in Killeen.
Memorial donations may be made to Honor Flight Austin, 815-A Brazos St., UPS Box 498, Austin, Texas 78701.Email | Print