Lillian S. Real

Lillian S. Real

Lillian Stieler Real passed away peacefully on Feb. 28, 2018, in Kerrville, Texas. She was born on Dec. 7, 1922, to Fritz and Lillian (Willke) Stieler of Comfort, Texas.

Lillian attended Comfort schools and was salutatorian of her graduating class. She loved sports and was a star basketball player on her high school team.  Baseball was also a love of hers, both playing and later watching her beloved Texas Rangers on TV, she even attended several games.

After high school, she attended Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, and made fast friends, ending up with everyone calling her “Tex.” Two years of college and she returned home to Comfort to begin her career in ranching with her father, a dream she had growing up.

Her father suggested she attend the yearly meeting of the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association in Kerrville. Her cousin and best friend, Shatzie Stieler, went with her as Shatzie was also a rancher’s daughter. While there, she ran into a handsome young man by the name of Felix Real Jr., and the rest is history.  They were married Nov. 7, 1942, and began a life of ranching, raising three children (Caspar, Linda, and Roberta), and until Felix’s passing in 2014, were married for 71 years.

In 1971 Felix and Lillian moved their ranching operation to Utopia, Texas. In more than 45 years there, they made many wonderful and dear friends.

Lillian was active in the Kerrville community. She helped plan the 1956 Kerr County Centennial Celebration and even drove a horse-drawn wagon filled with Real children in the parade. A devout Christian, she was a member of St Peter’s Episcopal Church. She taught Sunday school when her kids were little and when visiting clergy came for special church services, they would be invited out to the ranch for one of her home-cooked meals.

Felix and Lillian were very involved in the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association. Lillian was a president of the Women’s Auxiliary which she helped form. Lillian was given the Dietert Award for distinguished service in the association, an honor she was very proud of.

Lillian Stieler Real was preceded in death by her husband, Felix; son, Caspar; and sister, Roberta Stieler Smith Warren.

Survived by her two daughters, Linda Real Thorne, husband, Gary;  Roberta Real Rollings, husband, Robert; daughter-in-law Sandra Real and her children Jonathan and Jennifer, and eight grandchildren: Robert Real, wife, Susan; Christine Kelly, husband, Chuck; Alexandria Real; Travis Thorne, Erin Donovan; Breanna Rollings-Stokes, husband, Jon; Brittany Wilson, husband, Jereme; Bryan Rollings, wife, Tama. Six great grandchildren: Ashley Real, Jack Kelly, Campbell Kelly, Lillian Ann Donovan, Luke Thorne, and Tucker Rollings, and the numerous nieces and nephews of the Real, Stieler and Willke families.

Pallbearers were Robert Real, Travis Thorne, Bryan Rollings, Chris Pyle and Paul Simone.  Honorary pallbearers are her many nephews that she cherished.

The family would like to greatly thank her caregivers from Utopia, Visiting Angels, the nurses and aides of Brookdale Senior Living, as well as the caring ladies of New Century Hospice in Kerrville.

Lillian never met a stranger and, invariably, would invite any and all to the ranch for a tour. She spoke fluent German and pretty good Spanish!!  She dearly loved her family and friends, cared deeply about ranching and the out of doors, and loved hunting. Even went to Alaska to hunt moose. She was a true pioneer in all aspects of her life.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Utopia Volunteer EMS, P.O. Box 393, Utopia, TX 78884; Hill Country Youth Foundation,  Ingram, Texas; Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association P.O. Box 2290 San Angelo, TX 76902; Memorial Garden Fund – St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 320 Peter St., Kerrville, TX, 78028; or a charity of your choice.

A visitation was held at Grimes Funeral Home, 728 Jefferson St., Kerrville, Texas, from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, March 2, 2018. The funeral service was held on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at 2 p.m., St Peter’s Episcopal Church, Main Street and Tivy, Kerrville, Texas.

Lillian and Felix are once again dancing the polka!

Arrangements are by the Schaetter Funeral Home. Expressions of sympathy may be sent at

The preceding is a paid obituary.

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