A memorial service for the Rev. R.W. Schambach, 85, of Tyler will be held Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, at 7 p.m. at Rose Heights Church in Tyler.
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A private graveside will take place in Cathedral in the Pines Cemetery.
Rev. Schambach passed away Jan. 17, 2012, at Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler. He was born April 3, 1926, in Harrisburg, Pa., to Harry Ellsworth and Ann Moyer Schambach.
After serving his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a boilermaker on a destroyer in the South Pacific and Asia, Rev. Schambach received his formal training at Central Bible Institute in Springfield, Mo., in the 1940s. He apprenticed alongside the then well-known miracle evangelist, A.A. Allen. R.W. served as Bro. Allen's associate for five years.
R.W. met his late wife, Mary, while she studied at the Eastern Bible Institute Assemblies of God. They married in 1948. After pastoring in both Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Pa., following the call to ministry, they moved to Tyler in 1982, establishing their home base of Schambach Ministries.
"Bro. Schambach" may be best known for the great gospel tent, traveling to every major city in the United States, bringing people to Jesus Christ. His ministry has been received throughout the world and still continues.
Rev. Schambach was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers; and one sister.
He is survived by his loving family including his sons, Robert William Schambach Jr. and wife Laura of Bullard, Bruce Allen Schambach of Tyler; daughter, Donna Joy Schambach, also of Tyler; siblings, Ruth Aldridge, Leroy Schambach and Nettie Reitzel; grandchildren, Rachel and Kenny Duay of Tyler, Robert William Schambach III of Austin, Mark and Jessica Myers of Oklahoma City, Okla., Amanda and Rick Worsham of Conroe, Christi Schambach of Houston and Craig Schambach of Tyler. Rev. Schambach is also survived by five great-grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews; and by "an unnumbered host of sons and daughters on every continent."
Pallbearers will be Robert W. Schambach II, Bruce Schambach, Robert W. Schambach III, Craig Schambach, Paul Schambach, Kenny Duay, Jonathan Gregori and Wade Eitel.
Visitation is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, at Stewart Family Funeral Home, 7525 Old Jacksonville Highway in Tyler.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in honor of R.W. Schambach may be made to the R.W. Schambach Memorial Fund, P.O. Box, 9009, Tyler, 75771; www.schambach.org; or call 903-825-9572.
Stewart Family Funeral Home
7525 Old Jacksonville Highway
Tyler, TX 75703
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Jan. 20, 2012