Donald Emil Schneider


Donald Emil Schneider, 91, went home to heaven Monday, June 5, 2017, at Lutheran Community Home with his family by his side.

Born Jan. 2, 1926, at home on U.S. 50 between Seymour and Brownstown, he was the third child of Emil Theodore and Amanda Pohlmann Schneider. On Nov. 26, 1950, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Seymour, he married Mary Elizabeth Thoele, who survives.

He graduated from Brownstown High School and went on to attend Purdue for a year. He served at Freeman Field during the war and worked at the tool shop. He farmed along State Road 11 between Seymour and Dudleytown most of his life and worked for Morgan Packing Co., Cold Spot and Lutheran Community Home. He also drove cars for Poynter GM and ACRA.

He served on the Jackson County Co-op Credit Union credit committee, the Jackson County United Fund board of directors and also was active in Jackson County Farm Bureau. He held many offices in the various churches that he was a member of over the years. He was a charter member of Zion Lutheran Church and currently a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Other survivors beside his wife of 66 years include his daughter, Julia (Danny) Branham; a son, Victor (Belinda Bell) Schneider; a daughter-in-law, Jan Schneider; a grandson, Matthew (Nicole) Branham; a sister, Janice (Richard) VonDielingen; great-grandchildren, Cora, Luke and Amy Branham; stepgrandchildren, Lissa Wilson Allman, Bryan (Courtney) Wilson and Jackie and Maddie Bell; and stepgreat-grandchildren, Corbin and Carmyn Wilson and Sydney, Kendall and Karsen Allman.

He was preceded in death by a son, Jerry Donald Schneider; three brothers, Norman, Kenneth and Loren Schneider; and a sister, Florence Ude.

The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Immanuel Lutheran Church with the Rev. Ralph Blomenberg, the Rev. Philip Bloch, the Rev. Jimmy Rodriguez and Vicar Joel Newton, officiating. Burial will follow at the Lutheran Cemetery.

Visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Voss & Sons Funeral Service and from 1 p.m. until time of service at Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Memorials may be given to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Lutheran Community Home or the donor’s choice of charities.

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