Remembering Roger Schoenst
We grieve and we give thanks for the life and ministry of Roger Schoenst. He died on Sunday, June 26, after weeks of a recent illness.
The visitation for Roger will be at the Memorial Oaks Chapel Funeral home in Brenham on Thursday, June 30, 5-7 p.m. with family present.
The funeral will be at MLLC on Friday, July 1, at 2 p.m. Burial will be at the Carmine Cemetery following the service. A memorial luncheon will be back at the church following the committal service. All are welcome at all events.
Information about memorial contributions is on this page after the obituary. Please consider supporting these organizations with monetary gifts in memory of Roger.
Roger Dale Schoenst
February 19, 1953 – June 26, 2022
Roger Dale Schoenst went to be with the Lord and those faithfully departed loved ones early on June 26, 2022.
He was born on February 19, 1953, to Fritz Conrad Sr. and Estella Ida (Neumann) Schoenst at The Farm near Carmine. Roger was a member of the Martin Luther Lutheran Church. He was baptized on January 24, 1954 by Pastor A.T. Kluge and confirmed his faith on May 26, 1968 with Pastor Irvin S. Briese, both at Martin Luther Lutheran Church. His confirmation verse was: Matthew 5:6: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”
He grew up loving the cowboy way of life. He broke horses and continued to halter break colts until the last two months of his life. Roger never met a stranger. Anywhere he went he could strike up a conversation. He loved his family, horses, cowboy things, and talking to people. Roger also enjoyed hunting as a young boy, shooting guns, drawing, leather work, and creating things with a wood-burning pen.
He met the love of his life, and this changed his life for the better. He married Kathy Diane Mantey on November 12, 1983, at Saint John’s United Church of Christ in Burton, Texas, with Pastor Glenn Schoeneberg officiating. Soon came Heather, Mandy, and Chance. They had adventurous years raising their family and spent much of their time riding at home or in cutting arenas, round pens, working pens, show arenas and sale barns. He would do just about anything for his family and loved ones.
Roger had several different medical issues he had to battle throughout his life and was able to come out on the other side. The most notable these being the liver transplant he received in 2006. He and his family are forever grateful and appreciative of how the community supported him. Transplant doctors estimated a 6-year life expectancy, which turned into 16. The greatest blessing of his life was being able to meet his four grandchildren, all of whom he absolutely adored!
He is survived by his wife Kathy of 38 years, daughter Heather and husband Kyle Kaspar, daughter Mandy and husband Colton Guelker, son Chance Schoenst, grandchildren: Kylee, Heath, and Hunter Kaspar, and Ida Blackwell, brother Melvin Schoenst, sister-in-law Jeanette Schoenst, cousin Wilton and wife Pam Schoenst and their children and grandchildren. He is also survived by numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Roger was preceded in death by his parents, Fritz Conrad Sr. and Estella (Neumann) Schoenst, brother Fritz Schoenst Jr., in-law parents Arthur and Bernice (Buerger) Mantey, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Serving as pallbearers will be son Chance Schoenst, sons-in-law Kyle Kaspar and Colton Guelker, friends: Willie McKenzie, Nick Robinson, and Nathan Dannar. Honorary Pallbearers will be brother, Melvin Schoenst, daughters, Heather Kaspar and Mandy Guelker, grandchildren, Kylee, Heath, and Hunter Kaspar, and Ida Blackwell, nieces and nephews, Sue Schoenst and Kim Sternadel and Staci and Nick Brailas, LaCinda Kasparek and Wynona Posas.
Memorials may be directed to these organizations:
Martin Luther Lutheran Church
P O Box 362
Carmine, TX 78932-0362
National Foundation for Transplants
3249 W. Sarazen’s Cir, Ste 100
Memphis, TN 38125