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Memorial created 03-22-2009 by
Diana Duncan
John William Schemp
April 1 1930 - March 6 2009

John and Diana 10/2004...I will love you " My Friend"..Always...

This online memorial was created in loving memory of John Schemp, whose life story is told throughout this memorial website. Please sign John 's guest book and let us know you came to visit. We will remember John forever.

MY HUSBAND AND BEST FRIEND.....of 32 Years

JOHN WILLIAM SCHEMP

Where do you start to speak of your " Best Friend of 32 years?  We loved each other unconditionally as friends, lovers, parents, grandparents and as friends to others.

John had a great charisma, kindness, generosity, wit and the best sense of humor like no other.  He had the wonderful ability to laugh at life and himself, and taught me to do that as well and to always find the humor no matter what the circumstances.  That has got me through the toughest times and I know it will now.  John will stay in my heart and soul forever....and I know he will in his Family and Friends hearts as well.  Please know he LOVED you ALL !!!!

He did have his definite thoughts and opinions on many subjects, you could always count on his honesty and loyalty and sense of humor and wit above all else.  His kindness and generosity were known by all, and often folks would mistake his kindness for weakness, but that was the farthest  thing from him.  He had strength, and  I got a lot of strength from his wisdom, and mistakes he would be the first to admit.  Oh, he was kind of heart and oh so protective if he loved you.

The " GOVERNOR", OR " GOV ", as he was known as, never met a stranger, no not John.  He loved life and people like no one else I have ever known.  The " GOV " could not and would not let anyone be on the outside of the circle, but become part of it and he drew people into that circle and drew people out of themselves.  He loved life....all of it.  He often remarked how fortunate he was to have had such a great life and a long one.  He had the greatest zest for life up to his final days, and that was why it was so hard for him to finally let go as he had one foot in both worlds.  His passion and hunger for life was in the present always looking forward to the furture and he treasured the memories of the past.  Regrets, he had them and he tried to right the mistakes he felt he had made in his life, and believe he did.

The most important thing to John's heart was his life with me his wife and friend as he always referred to me..."  I LOVE MY FRIEND ".  Nothing was more important to John than his family, all of his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, daughter in law, sister in laws, son in laws and the many many friends some he had for 40yrs.  He loved to be surrounded by his Family and Friends and draw them in as close as possible whenever he could. 

John made you feel from the very first conversation you had with him that you had always known him.  He was easy to talk to and he was the best listener ever!

John loved the outdoors, the California sun where he grew up, and New Mexico sunshine and beauty enchanted him to stay over 24 yrs ago when we moved here.  He often would remark, when he saw a beautiful sunrise or sunset, " God sure LOVES Albuquerque, New Mexico doesn't he... ?  John,  never tired of the Sandia mountains...and their watemelon color just before sunset....and he never took it for granted.  He loved to play outdoors, golf, tennis, swimming, jacuzzi, water volleyball...you name it he loved it...  He loved sports, billards, bowling, football, and more.   Many a trophy, John won in golf, tennis, bowling and billards....  He taught me to bowl, play billiards, tennis, and yes handicap the horses...John was an avid reader, he couldn't get enough.  He was a self taught man for sure.  He had true appreciation for the classics, history, geography, politics, economics...and of course he loved his John Clancy books.   You might not know that John loved all kinds of music, and movies...from James Bond,  to all the greats of the 30's and 40's..and beyond...and he loved to set me with me and watch or alone...the great musicals....Ah, John you were my Fred Astaire.  You loved to dance with me and I you.   From the time we stepped onto the dance floor we never stopped dancing, whether in our favorite place our living room or by the pool, or on our deck.  We were meant to dance to our favorite song and meant to dance in our life together were'nt we my darling? Many a time in our favorite nightspot we cleared the floor and the crowd just let us dance, as if we were the only ones on the floor!  Every girls dream was to glide asross the floor with her favorite Prince who really made her feel like his queen.  You always said I was as light as a feather ...What girl doesn't want to hear that??? 

Oh yes, I know you loved me ...but my darling I hope you how much I loved you, and how my heart would burst sometimes just Gazing... at you my heart was so full...even when you didn't know I was, or how after 32 years your voice, or touch would still send my heart racing...   You always made me feel beautiful and told me so daily...yes I love you my friend forever, no matter the peaks and valleys of our lifes over the years that was a constant.  NO one was better to me in the good times and some of the hard times.   You loved us all and we knew it deep in our hearts!!! 

John, are " My Best Friend ", our souls were meant to be together we would often say to each other....and when we meet again in heaven what a reunion it will be....again we will talk for hours as always about everything. 

Thank you for helping me to see the funnier, positive and calmer side of most situations.   The 22 years difference in our ages was just a number...it didn't matter, but your wisdom and  experience and mistakes in life made mine easier.  I learned so much from you my sweetheart John and I hope I tempered you as you always said I did.  Unconditional that is what our Love and Friendship of 32 years will always remain for me...it carried us through anything we faced.   What a straight shooter you were my friend...I could always depend on your honesty, loyalty, generosity and wit and sense of humor always !!!   I love my Friend, as you always said....and I always will my, Darling John...  You loved me and protected me as I did you...sometimes from yourself as you would say.  You often remarked if it weren't for you, my Diane...I would not have lived this life as long as I have ...... NO, thanks necessary my Love, it was a pleasure to love and to be loved by you....   One thing for sure you never abandoned anyone, even when you were stuggling with your own demons, and all of us including your children....know that even though they were there for some of those times...you showed them forward from those times how much you loved and were always their for them and me.  

Let's not forget how much you loved the Grandchildren were the most precious gems and how you couldn't say often enough...how lucky you were have had them in your life.  You couldn't get enough of them or hear enough about them no matter if distance and miles kept you from seeing them as often as you so wanted.  They were the greatest joys!!!!

I LOVE YOU JOHN, my sweetheart and thank you for making me your Queen of your heart.  You always loved me and I will always hold you in my heart till I have my last dance here on earth, and we dance again in Heaven.   I will never forget even in your last days, you woke one morning and said, " Babe, I want to take you today and buy you a Blue Diamond and a new jewelry box to put it in and a new Blue and White dress......You were my diamond gem my SWEET JOHN.   I will meet you in heaven when my day comes my darling....until then dance "The Dance", with your Gramma Gray, my Gramma Mina, my mother Patsyann Marie and of course your mother Betty.....keep em' laughing and dancing my Friend....I will love  you always, and you will always be with me in heart and spirit...and in the silver heart around my neck ....until we meet again......

I LOVE YOU MY FRIEND>>>>>>>>>>>>>Your Lady Di.....XOXO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Safely Home

I am home in Heaven dear ones;

Oh, so happy and so bright!

There is perfect joy and beauty

In this everlasting light.

All the pain and grief is over.

Every restless tossing passed;

I am now at peace forever.

Safely home in Heaven at last.

Did you wonder I so calmly

Trod the valley of the shade?

Oh! But Jesus' love illumined

Every dark and fearful  glade.

And He Came Himself to meet me

In that way so hard to tread;

And with Jesus' arm to lean on,

Could I have one doubt or dread?

Then you must not grieve so sorely,

For I love you dearly still;

Try to look beyoud earth's shadows.

Pray to trust our Father's Will.

There is work still waiting for you,

So you must not idly stand;

Do it no, while life remaineth---

You shall rest in Jesus' land.

When that work is all completed.

He will gently call you Home;

Oh, the rapture of that meeting,

Oh, the joy to see you come!

 

 

 

 

We Love you! Family Picture.2004

Safely Home

I am home in Heaven dear ones;

Oh, so happy and so bright!

There is perfect joy and beauty

In this everlasting light.

All the pain and grief is over.

Every restless tossing passed;

I am now at peace forever.

Safely home in Heaven at last.

Did you wonder I so calmly

Trod the valley of the shade?

Oh! But Jesus' love illumined

Every dark and fearful  glade.

And He Came Himself to meet me

In that way so hard to tread;

And with Jesus' arm to lean on,

Could I have one doubt or dread?

Then you must not grieve so sorely,

For I love you dearly still;

Try to look beyoud earth's shadows.

Pray to trust our Father's Will.

There is work still waiting for you,

So you must not idly stand;

Do it no, while life remaineth---

You shall rest in Jesus' land.

When that work is all completed.

He will gently call you Home;

Oh, the rapture of that meeting,

Oh, the joy to see you come!

 

 

 

 

We Love You Pop!...April.Chris.Laurie

POP

  How do you put in writing everything any person means to you, but especially someone who was responsible for helping you to become the person you are today?

 My Pop guided me through my life with gentleness, patience, constant, uncondtional LOVE. I wasn't a perfect child but he thought I was.  I remember when I was about 5 years old I was digging in the front yard of our house.  It was a pretty big hole.  My Pop calmly came out and asked me what I was doing?  I told him I was going to China, and that I was digging my way there.  He calmly asked how it was going me and told me it would be a long way.  I thought about it and decided I didn't want to leave my Pop.... My Pop, who ran to save me when I rode my Lammy-By out in the street when cars were whizzing by.  My Pop, whose lap was always a place of shelter and love.  My pop, sho endured with me through my tumultuous teens, guiding me with words of wisdom.  My pop, whos disciplined me when I made poor choices.  My Pop, who encouraged me to become the best person I could be.  My Pop, who taught me that honesty and truth were to be highly prized.  My Pop, who was there for us when my mother abandoned my sister, brother and me.  My Pop, who was there was never any doubt or fear that he wouldn't be there for all of us.  He was our HERO!   My Pop, wa a gentle, loving man raised by parents that didn't know how to nurture that side of him....but, in spite of that, fighting his demons as we all do, his true nature shone through.  His Granmother, Little Gray, was a blessing from the Lord for him.  She nurtured that gentle, loving nature that my Pop possessed.  I know that my Great Gramma Gray and my Pop are having a wonderful reunion in Heaven...... The way we raise our children guides them in ways we can't always imagine.  Because of my Pop's gentlness, strenth and loving ways, it was very easy for me to see my Healvenly Father in the same manner.  My Pop gave me the gift of his own unconditional love that not only guided me to find the love of my life in my husband David of 37 years.  My Pop's strength and gift of love enabled me to recognize the gift of love and grace that comes from our creator and Heavenly Father.  The gift of love that provided a path to himself throught the sacrifice of his only begotten son, Jesus.  That gift of love grace and love, I pray, will one day reunite me with my Pop in Heaven........................My Pop told me many times, " I wore you like clothing".  I was always in his lap, on his shoulders, holding his hand as we walked and talked.  I know that as I took my first breath 57 years ago that my Pop love me from the first moment he saw me, and as he took his last breath, I know he loved me still and I hope he knew how much I  loved and admired him.  My Pop told with him the things that are most important.  He took with him the love of a lifetime of Friends, Family, a Best Friend and wife who loved him unconditionally, and my love.  He left behind his love for all of us.  He now gets to experience perfect love.  GOD is love.  God's perfect Love casts out all fear......I'M GOING TO MISS YOU, POP.......APRIL

 

 

 

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