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Marvin Eugene Schindler departed to be with the Lord on December 23, 2009 from pneumonia complications.  He is survived by his wife of 53 years Lillian Clauder Schindler.  He leaves behind his son Marvin Eugene (Gene) Schindler Jr. and his wife Charlotte Schindler and his daughter Kristina Seiler and her husband Brian Seiler.  Marvin was extremely proud of and actively involved with his grandchildren; Jamie and Lauren Schindler, Lindsey, Jacob, and Matthew Seiler.  Marvin has one surviving brother Bill Schindler and seven nieces and nephews. Marvin was preceded in death by his parents, Max and Louise Schindler, his brothers, Robert and Ronald Schindler, his infant daughter Sheryl Lynn Schindler and his granddaughters, Susannah and Katherine Seiler.

Marvin was a 4th generation Texan and a descendant of 1840s German immigrants who settled in the Roundtop, Texas area.  He was born in the central Texas town of Lincoln (pop. 200) on December 10, 1933.  His family moved to Paige, Texas where he attended a one room school and later relocated to Giddings, Texas.  At age 10, the Schindlers settled in Houston where he attended Jefferson Davis High School graduating valedictorian in 1952.  Marvin was a proud graduate of Rice University, receiving a B.A. in 1956 and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1957.  While attending Rice, he married the love of his life Lillian in 1956.  He was a registered Professional Engineer and longstanding member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.  Marvin had a 42 year career in the Houston oil industry beginning at Mission Manufacturing where he was awarded a patent.  The majority of his career was spent in the offshore oil business in management positions involving the development, construction, and marketing of state of the art jackup rigs, semi-submersibles and dynamic position deepwater drillships.  He retired in 1998 from Global Marine Drilling Company.

Fulfilling a goal, Marvin and Lillian returned to his central Texas roots in 1996 when they moved into their Texas style farmhouse he designed near Bellville, Texas.  He treasured his time in the country and especially looked forward to activities with his children and grandchildren in Bellville.

For almost 15 years he was involved in numerous activities in Austin County.  He and Lillian were active members of the First Baptist Church of Bellville where he served on numerous committees.  He was a member of the Bellville Historical Society where he served as Treasurer and was associated with the Gideons International for over 15 years.  Marvin was a past member of the Tejas Retriever Club, trained 4 retrievers with his son, and loved entering his special Flat Coat Retriever Jake in hunting trials.  Marvinís early life was spent on a small vegetable and cotton farm.  He rekindled his love of the land in Bellville where he had a large spring, summer and fall vegetable garden and peach and apple orchard.  He dutifully tended it with his John Deere Tractor and never failed to share the abundant results with friends and family.  His love of gardening resulted in becoming a Master Gardener. Besides being involved in these organizations, Marvin enjoyed the outdoors, playing golf, woodworking and bird hunting.

Marvin was foremost a family man who supported his children and grandchildren in all their endeavors.  He delighted in family trips and the memories they created.  He was a simple, humble man with deep intellect and insight. He was as comfortable talking to a machinist or a company president. His calming influence, consistency, dependability, support, wisdom, and logic will forever be missed by his family and friends.

Funeral services were held on Monday, December 29 at 10AM from First Baptist Church Bellville with Rev. Steve Olsen, officiating. Graveside services followed at 3PM from Brookside Memorial Park, 13401 Easter Freeway (Lauder Rd Exit) in Houston. Pallbearers were Robert House, Steve Johnson, Leonard King, George Schindler, Robert Schindler and Scott Schindler. Honorary pallbearers were Marion Clauder and Forest Irwin. 

The family requests that any donations in Marvinís memory be made to The Gideons International, P.O. Box 387, Bellville, Texas, 77418 or to The First Baptist Church of Bellville Building Fund.

Services under the direction of Knesek Bros Funeral Chapel, 842 E. Main, Bellville, TX 77418, 979-865-3121.


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