The Obit For Louie Schaufele

Louis J. (Louie) Schaufele, Jr.
October 26, 2012

Louis J. Schaufele, Jr. (Louie) passed away peacefully at his home on October 24, 2012.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Caroline and Louis J. Schaufele, Sr. and one great-grandchild.

He is survived by his high school sweetheart and loving wife, Carolyn Cosgrove Schaufele; his two sons, Mike Schaufele (Marty) of Little Rock and Lou Schaufele (Lee) of Dallas, Texas; his grandchildren, Janet Smith (Chip) of Kansas City, Missouri, Ann Blair Schaufele of Little Rock, John Schaufele (Laura) of Houston, Texas, Paul Schaufele and Anne Evans (Cole) of Dallas Texas; and six great-grandchildren.

After graduating from the University of Arkansas where he was a four-year letterman in football and a three-year letterman in baseball, he received his draft notice from the Philadelphia Eagles and the U. S. Army the same day. He joined the Air Force and was stationed at Carswell Air Force Base.

After the service he joined the Yankee organization before returning to Little Rock to begin his business career. He went to work for Dabbs Sullivan Investment Company. Two years later, he went to work for Worthen Bank, now Bank of America, for 35 years , becoming a Senior Vice-President before his retirement.

Louie was very active in his community, giving countless hours to projects such as the War Memorial Stadium Commission of which he was chairman for 5 years. He was instrumental in the revitalization of the stadium and in the keeping of two Razorback football games here in Little Rock. He also was chairman of the Little Rock Sewer Commission for 20 years. He was very active at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral where he taught Sunday school, was treasurer of the Endowment Committee and served on the vestry. He later joined Second Presbyterian Church where he remained active until his health started failing.

He was elected to the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2006, the Razorbacks Hall of Honor in 2003, and to the Arkansas High School Coaches and Officials Hall of Fame.

One of Louie’s passions was officiating football games, which he did for many years starting with junior high, high school, the AIC conference, and ending up in the Southwest Conference. He officiated such great teams as Texas, Stanford, Ohio State, Florida and Penn State. He was honored for his good works by officiating the Citrus Bowl, the Sun Bowl, four Sugar Bowls, the Blue Bonnet Bowl, the Holiday Bowl, the Aloha Bowl and the Orange Bowl. Two of those games were national championship games.

His athleticism was widely known around the state. He was named to the High School All American Team the first year he ever played as a senior at Little Rock Central High School. He played American Legion Baseball and his team came in second in the national championship. At that time, Babe Ruth was the official chairman of the tournament. His love of golf never waivered, even though he never made that coveted hole-in-one. He did enjoy watching his wife make four of them.

Louie’s personality was profound and his presence bigger than life itself. His love and generosity to family and friends was unmatched. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Services will be held on Sunday, October 28 at 2:00 p.m. at Second Presbyterian Church, 600 Pleasant Valley Drive, Little Rock, officiated by Rev. Steve Hancock and Rev. Karen Akin. A reception will follow the service in the Second Hall.

Donations in Louie’s memory may be made to the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, 4301 West Markham Street, #623F, Little Rock, Arkansas, 72205, Second Presbyterian Church, 600 Pleasant Valley Dr., Little Rock, AR 72227 or to one’s favorite charity.

Arrangements by Little Rock Funeral Home, 8801 Knoedl Ct., Little Rock, (501)224-2200.