Jon Christian Schreyach

jon schreyach

June 11, 1941 ~ April 16, 2024

Born in: Plainfield, New Jersey
Resided in: Arlington, Texas

Jon Christian Schreyach, a treasured husband, father, grandfather, and lifelong soldier, passed away on April 16, 2024, at the age of 82. Jon lived a life filled with accomplishment, dedication, enthusiasm, and humor (especially the dry kind).

Born in Plainfield, New Jersey on June 11, 1941, Jon married the love of his life, Judith Graham, in 1967. (Each of them car fanatics, she was introduced to him in 1961 by a mutual friend as “the black Morris Minor,” while he was “the red Triumph TR3.”) Upon enlisting in the Army in 1963, he proudly became a soldier in the United States Army Field Artillery, honorably serving his country for 27 years and rising to the rank of Colonel. A veteran of Vietnam, where he was awarded four Bronze Service Stars, Jon went on to earn his Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1971, and his Master’s degree in Military Art and Science at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth in 1975 (his thesis, “The Dynamics of Army Writing,” is a classic in the field). After serving as Commander of the 6th Battalion, 14th Field Artillery in Germany, Jon was stationed in Washington, D.C. at the Pentagon, before returning to Fort Sill, Oklahoma in the role of a TRADOC System Manager. Retiring from the Army in 1990, Jon and his family moved to the DFW area, where he retired from his second career at Lockheed in 2008.

Jon was a man of extensive talents and interests. His sharp intellect and quick wit made him a scintillating conversationalist. His ability to recall commercial jingles and movie lines from the 1950s was uncanny. He articulated his social and political views by analyzing disparate topics of the day through his blog, “Opinions Unlimited,” where his incisive commentary and astute observations garnered a loyal following. An avid skeet shooter and skilled fly fisherman, he enjoyed the expertise that comes from diligent practice. Jon was a devoted father and mentor to his children (and grandchildren). He and Judy worked together as a team, helping them to realize their own potential.

He is survived by his wife, Judith G. Schreyach; his sons Michael Schreyach and Christopher (Katy) Schreyach; his daughter Kendal Riley; and his grandchildren Evher Riley, Matthew Schreyach, and Claire Schreyach. Jon’s vibrant spirit will be cherished in memory by his family and by all those who had the privilege of knowing him.


Celebration of Life: April 28, 2024 10:00 am

Room: Wade Chapel

Wade Funeral Home and Crematory
4140 West Pioneer Parkway
Arlington, Texas 76013


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  1. Dear Aunt Judy, Cousin Michael, Cousin Kendal, and Cousin Chris,

    I am very sorry for your loss. I have very fond memories of Uncle John from my childhood, including being with him the first time I ever shot a gun at the gun range in Texas. I remember Uncle John being a very welcoming, funny, and nice person. He will be missed.

    Each of you are in my thoughts during this difficult time.

    – Cousin Michael

  2. One of many stories is when I was a LT and he was the 6-14 FA BN CDR. We were at a joint hail and farewell in Dambach housing in Fuerth, Germany. He comes running up to me and says: “ Oh my God, what is your girlfriend (now wife) doing?” She was chit-chatting with the Divarty Commander. In Polish. It was Shali.

    Another was when we had our own mini fest on the kaserne at Zirndorf. It got a little rowdy. Col Schreyach got a hold of me and Don Lato and made us his bodyguards. Don played tight end for UMass.

    There’s many more.

    Peace be with you, sir. It was an honor to serve with you and a pleasure to know you, Judy, Mike and Kendall.

  3. Dear Schreyach family,
    We were saddened to learn of Jon’s passing. We remember him as the guy who tried to get our son to wear his cap the way it was intended to be worn. That’s a memory that brings a smile to us. Know that Jon is in a better place and believe that you will see him again. Peace be with you.

  4. I only met Jon a few years ago, and I am truly humbled to have been afforded the opportunity to serve him and his family. To put it simply, Jon was a man of honor and devotion to the people he came in contact with and befriended. He genuinely cared about you all and loved you unconditionally. I will always cherish the moment when he and I recently shared a glass of whiskey together. Rest in peace, my friend. I will give my all to support your family in making sure Judy is well cared for. God Speed!

  5. Dear Schreyach family,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. I have such fond memories of your father/husband. Kendal and I were inseparable many moons ago and because of that I always felt like part of the family. Such a honor to have known such a wonderful man. Sending you all my love and prayers as you navigate this difficult time. May he rest in peace and live on forever in your hearts and all of our memories. Much Love – Alison

  6. Judy, I loved all our adventures with you and Jon and the Heebners. Jon just oozed strength, integrity, devotion to you and adventure. His intellect was so fun. What a guy. What a husband. What a Dad. A good man, that man of yours. I am so sorry to hear he has passed and wish you and your family grace to go forward. Hugs!! We love you.

  7. So sorry to learn of Uncle Jon’s passing. He was always an inspiration to me and a determinant factor in my choosing a military career. Our thoughts are with you all. I will think of Uncle Jon next time I wet a fly. Love to all. Jeff, Kathy, Peter, and Ian.

  8. It was very sad to hear of Jon’s death. My husband ,Bill Kincaid, greatly enjoyed his company and had huge respect for him. We both had many happy times here in the UK.
    Sending deepest condolences, happy memories and my love. Hilary.

  9. To celebrate Mr. Schreyach’s life, I wanted to share a couple memories from my childhood…growing up with Chris.

    1. First time calling Chris’ household at age 11, circa 1992:
    Mr. Schreyach answers the phone (at the time house phones only existed) and I say, ‘is Chris there’….Mr. Schreyach must have not been busy at the moment, bc I imagine him pausing, then taking a seat at their kitchen table facing the driveway…to get settled in for a discussion. He then used this opportunity to coach 11 year old Scott on how to call his household…he said, something to the effect of, ‘who is this and here is how I want you to handle calling this house in the future’! ‘First, greet me, second, introduce yourself, third, ask how I am doing, and last, you can ask if Chris is there.’ We then practiced the routine at least 2 times! Although it startled me, I am thankful he took the time, this has stuck with me for now 30+ years and definitely changed my communication skills. 🙂

    2. The legend of Mr. Schreyach’s motorcycle:
    Growing up riding bikes in the neighborhood, there was a well-known story that if you go to Chris’ house, use good judgment on where you parked your bike in the driveway. Legend had it that some unnamed kid parked his bike too close to Mr. Schreyach’s motorcycle and that kids bike ended up in the street! While I don’t know if this was true, it certainly was told many times, and every new kid coming to Chris’ house was considered warned.

    3. ‘Come back when you can’t stay so long’:
    In his typical dry humor, this was the phrase he walked young Scott out of front door with many times… With a straight face, he would say this…I remember the first time putting together what that actually meant and that it was a joke…of which I enjoyed and repeat from time to time..

    I hope these stories bring a smile to your face, as they did mine. I am very appreciative of the time I spent with Mr. Schreyach, I always knew he cared about me and felt at home while visiting the Schreyach’s house!

  10. Memories with Jon
    The first time I got to meet Jon was in the late 1980’s when he was at Fort Sill, Oklahoma in the role of TRADOC System Manager. Flew up from Grand Prairie to Lawton with Jay Musselman to present what we thought the Army TACMS missile would be. I was the young designer that came up with our version on this missile for the Field Artillery and Jay let me present that to Jon. Told him of the missile warhead capabilities and he got excited and slammed his fist down on the table and uttered a phrase I’ll never forget. I went home and told Paula, today I met a true war fighter! He was priceless. When he worked for our company as an International Business Development guy, I got to travel with him often all over Europe. All great experiences, but one time I got to take Paula to program meetings in Koblenz, Germany and Jon was with us. He took us out to a very nice restaurant, but the menu was written in German. Jon ordered for us and was so entertaining. Paula loved being around him too. Thank you for your service to our country! Our prayers are with you and your family, Judy.

  11. What a character! Great neighbor. A Christmas season or two, a party of about 8, led by Jon and Judy, came Christmas caroling in the neighborhood. They were pulling a fully stocked “bar” wagon, including glasses. They were having the best of times, and wanted the neighbors to also have fun. They brought the party to neighbors’ doors. All Christmas parties, St. Barbara Awards, and Military Balls were unforgettable if Jon and Judy were there. He will be greatly missed.

  12. Jon was my high school classmate and one of the classiest. Our 1959 yearbook describes him as a “dynamic drummer” and “jazz jockey.” No wonder he was voted “most sophisticated” by his peers. I recall him as one of the friendliest and joyful classmates. He would go on to be a career military officer with an outstanding record of accomplishments. Remarkable for a young man who told the yearbook he was “unsure” about his future. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

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