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How do you measure a man’s life at the end?

Do you look at the 20- plus years of military service and dozens of combat missions in Korea, the fact that he’s seen a world that few have or that he tackled the issues every father has in raising a family?

Frank Walter Schilling Sr., who was born Nov. 23, 1929, experienced all those, but for me and many others he will be measured by his character. It was his character that all who knew him will attest to, and it will be his lasting strength that will live on in all that knew him long beyond his passing on Oct. 15 at home in Pipe Creek, Texas.

Dad’s character was instilled in myself, my sisters, Linda Vargas, Kenny Jorgensen and my brother Mark Schilling.

Doing the right thing was a trait that seemed to rise to the top of that character.

Dad always said we came from “good stock,” and I now know more than ever what he meant: work hard, do the right thing and stand tall on your principles.

Dad always did. Everyone that knew him would have their own story on how he demonstrated to them personally what that meant.

Dad’s character was also seen in his warmth to others. He loved the VFW and all his friends there know that, even the passing veteran who stopped in for a beer or two. You couldn’t help but stop and chat for a minute to say “hello.”

Dad’s character of being an open and a straight shooter will always be a take-away for all of us. Politics, sports and social issues were never the topic of a conversation with dad. Rather dad’s focus was on you and what you were doing, and all his advice or comments were personal.

So, from your family and all your friends … sleep well, dad, and kiss mom for us!

A ceremony with military honors will be held at Fort Sam National Cemetery on Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 10:15 a.m. Due to COVID-19, Fort Sam Houston has a capacity of 25 people at the service.

Flower arrangements need to be delivered the day prior to the ceremony date.