Gary Arnold Schippers


Gary Arnold Schippers, 61 of Sugar Land passed away on May 4 at home surrounded by his family.

Gary was born on Nov. 1, 1953 in Highland Park, MI, the son of the late Garrett & Marjorie Schippers. He attended the University of Michigan and received his degree from the University of Houston. He retired from Windstream Telephone in April of 2014.

Gary married Sandy on June 9, 1990 at Christ United Methodist Church and they would have celebrated their 25th anniversary this year.

Gary enjoyed singing, playing trumpet, camping, golfing, anything outdoors and just enjoyed life, but his main enjoyment was his family. He was a kind and loving husband, father, brother and grandfather.

Gary is survived by his wife Sandy, sons Randy (Tara) Walker of Cypress, TX, Bradley Walker of Houston, TX five grandchildren Kyle Walker, Grayson and Ava Reed, and Cody and Austin Walker, sisters Helen (Wiley) Gilmore of Georgetown, TX and Sandra (Robert) Miller of Milan, MI.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at 6:00 pm on Thursday May 7, 2015 at First United Methodist Church, Missouri City, TX with Marty Vershel officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions for Gary may be directed to the music ministry of First United Methodist Church Missouri City 3900 Lexington Blvd., Missouri City, TX 77459 or Altus Hospice 11352 Sugar Park Lane, Sugar Land, Texas 77478.


  1. From the moment I met Gary, until he retired, his “light” shined brightly. I could tell that he worked for a higher cause (Colossians 3:24). He gave everything he had to his job, probably too much, but his joy always remained full. I count it an honor to have known Gary and work at the same company for so many years. He was missed when he retired and he is now missed even more. My heart and prayers go out to his family.

    David Driggers
    • I knew Gary well, because I was his first wife. Gary and I met at the University of Michigan, and we married in Michigan in 1976. Gary obtained a position as an engineer in Houston, TX, so we lived in Houston for many years. Although we divorced in 1979, I continued to live and work in Houston until I moved back to my home state of Michigan in 1989. My prayer is that Gary may rest in peace–in Heave, which will be our eternal home. My condolences go out to his family.

      Marcia Behrens, R.N. (retired)

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