Richard “Skip” Sharer


Richard “Skip” Sharer, beloved husband and father, went home to be with the Lord on August 7, 2017.  He was filled with love for his family and friends, and every stranger he met became his friend.

Skip was born December 2, 1935, in Cumberland, Maryland to John and Virginia Sharer and was raised with his brothers Jack, Bob and Ernie, and sisters Sue and Pat.

Skip was a member at Sagemont Church in Houston, TX.  He loved the Lord and spoke often and enthusiastically about his salvation to anyone he met.  He loved his pastor Brother John as well as his teachers Chuck and Stuart and all of the members there. Brother John told Skip that he was an Encourager after observing the positive way Skip’s outlook and Faith affected everyone he met.

In high school, Skip was the captain of the 1953 Texas City Stingaree baseball team.  He later went on to serve in the United States Air Force.  He worked most of his career for Charles R Haile as a survey engineer, and he retired as Utility Director for the City of Texas City.

Skip was very happily married to Carolyn Smith Sharer for 60 years.  She recalls that there was a song from the Sound of Music that Skip sang all the time to people as he left them, “So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodnight.”  These also turned out to be his very last words when he sang them to her as she left his room.

Skip is survived by his wife, Carolyn; his three children Rick, Tim, and Lisa; grandchildren Jessica, Katelyn, Josh, Hannah, Taylor and Macy; great grandchildren Caden and Beckham.  The family asks that in lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to Bay Area Christian School with reference to The Hope Fund, ref Skip Sharer.  Checks should be made out to Bay Area Christian School and sent to 4800 W Main Street, League City, TX, 77573.

The service celebrating Skip’s life will be held at 10:00am Thursday, August 10th, at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel, with visitation one hour prior to the service, starting at 9:00am. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Houston.