BENSON – James “Jim” B. Schneider Sr., 88, died Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, at the Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke.
He was born May 18, 1930, in Bloomington, the son of John and Rose Hindert Schneider. He married Suzanne Bradle on Nov. 19, 1959, in Eureka. She died June 14, 1988.
Survivors include four sons, James (Joni) Schneider Jr., Long Grove, Iowa, Andy Schneider, Bentley, Mich., Greg (Kim) Schneider, Roanoke and Joe (Brenda) Schneider, Benson; one daughter, Mary (Steve) Carls, Gridley; seven grandchildren, Amanda (Brandon) Smith, Rachel (Zac) Pearson, Jacob (Molly) Carls, Abby Schneider, Anna Schneider, Jamie Schneider and Sadie Schneider; three great-grandchildren, Lyla Pearson, Bryer Carls and Addison Smith; three brothers, Louis Schneider, Flanagan, U.J. (Ruth) Schneider, Bloomington and Frank (Mabel) Schneider, Paradox, Colo., and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Emily Schneider and Mary Seifert Gebhards, and four brothers, Edmund “Bud” Schneider, John “Zip” Schneider, Francis “Ollie” Schneider and Leland “Squirt” Schneider.
Jim graduated from Minonk High School in 1948. He served in the National Guard from 1951 to 1953, which included active duty in Korea from 1952 to 1953. Jim worked as a grain elevator manager in Benson and Danvers. He was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church, Benson, Benson American Legion Post No. 454, a third degree with the Knights of Columbus, St. Francis Assisi 4293 and fourth degree K of C of Spalding Academy 206 in Peoria. Jim enjoyed gardening and using his mechanical aptitude to keep a multitude of bicycles, cars and appliances operational over the years. He loved his family and enriched multiple generations with stories of his young farm life with nine siblings, travels across the country each summer for family vacation and lessons learned throughout his adulthood. During his later years, he enjoyed friends and fellowship with the German American Central Society in Peoria with highlights including dinners, festivals, a group trip to Germany in 2006 and investing time and efforts in the completion of their Hickory Grove Park. Another group of special people in his life were his friends in Michigan whom he saw several times a year while visiting his son and enjoying nature. Jim will be remembered for his outstanding work ethic and unwavering willingness to lend a helping hand in assisting family and friends with farming, truck driving, home renovations, garage sales and canned food projects.
Services will be held this afternoon at 2 p.m. at the church with John Nelson officiating. Visitation was yesterday at Knapp-Johnson-Harris Funeral Home in Roanoke. Burial will follow the service in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the church’s building fund, Legion Post 454, Benson Ambulance or to the German American Central Society in Peoria.