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Henry Schneider

Henry "Hank" Schneider, age 71 of Rolla, passed away Thursday, November 12, 2015, at the Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla. Henry was born on July 21, 1944 in St. Louis, a son to the late Henry and Edna (Shiele) Schneider. On July 14, 1980, Henry was united in marriage to Virginia "Ginger" (Rhodes) Schneider, who survives at their home. Henry was a member of the United Methodist Church in Rolla.  Henry enlisted in the United State Navy and served in Vietnam.  Henry went on to work for the Missouri State Parks, Army Corp of Engineers and retired from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service after more than 20 years. Henry enjoyed travelling, photographing wildlife, feeding birds, tracking investments and playing with his yellow lab, Lady Barkly. In addition to his wife of 35 years, Henry is survived by two daughters, Kristi Cable and her husband Tony of Springfield and Katherine Pogatshnik and her husband Adam of Chillicothe; 5 grandchildren and a sister, Joann Oh and her husband Han Soo of Colorado Springs.   In lieu of flowers/gifts, donations may be made to G.R.A.C.E. (Greater Rolla area charitable enterprise -http://www.gracerolla.org/general-information/) or the Rolla animal shelter, please specify "building fund". (http://www.rollacity.org/police/animal.shtml) Cremation Services are under the direction of Rolla Cremation and Memorial.       www.rollacremation.com

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Guestbook

Dear Ginger - So very sorry to hear of Hank's passing. We enjoyed working with him on the Upper MS River as part of the USFWS. He had a wonderful sense of humor! Thoughts are with you and family during this difficult time

- Carol and Doug Damberg Dec 31 1969 12:00 AM

I still find it hard to believe that Hank, my younger brother and only sibling, is truly gone from our physical lives, but I know that his spirit lives on. We, his family and friends, treasure our vivid memories of a very special person and are grateful to have known him. On this Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 26, 2015) I am trying to be thankful for all of the good things Hank experienced in his too-brief life: He deeply loved his family, both his immediate family of his wife Ginger, his daughters Kris and Kat, his sons-in-law, and his five grand-children and also his extensive extended family, and he was loved back. He was the much-loved second child of older parents, who were very proud to have a son to carry on the family name. Hank also loved his dogs--Cricket, Nikki, Toby, and Lady Barkly--and was loved in return. Like our father, he worried about a lot of things, but he enjoyed a lot of things too: He loved telling quirky jokes, eating good food, which he often cooked himself, feeding and viewing birds, immersing himself in nature, learning new things, talking with people, playing games, profiting from the stock market, preserving family memorabilia (photos, antique dolls,furniture), making his home a safe haven for people and things, traveling to new places in CA, MT, WY, and CO, and revisiting old-memory places like ND, MN, and MI. Despite serious medical problems, Hank did many meaningful things in his jobs as naturalist, everything from creating designs for sweat-shirts to earn money for conservation through designing visitors' centers, creating "Braille trails," and contributing to a fine museum to paddling around islands in the Mississippi River while packing a gun to protect wildlife from poachers. I try to remember that I was very, very lucky to have had for 71 years a brother whom I loved and admired very much and who was my good friend. We had frequent long phone conversations about many things--family, jokes, new ideas, old memories. He was the only one who remembered our pretending to be Indians hiding in the cave made by our Grandma Schneider's center pedestal dining room table, pretending to be the Eskimos Ik and Gik trapped on the ice floe of our parents' white-sheeted bed, pretending to be explorers camping in our back yard. He remembered our thin father's huge breakfasts, funny sense of humor,and strong sense of responsibility, and he remembered our mother's loving care of us, especially when we were sick, her sense of fun, and her creativity. He was with me when we played (by day) King of the Hill and (at night) Hide 'n Go Seek with the 26 kids our age living in the 13 houses on our dead end street in a St. Louis suburb; we were together when we (mostly he!) shot off illegal fireworks on the Fourth of July, went horseback riding on vacations,were stunned into statues by our first view of Lake Michigan from the top of a 10-story dune, and played in Lake Michigan waves and had nighttime beach parties with our summertime friends. He was the one who suggested that on a very hot Missouri day when my college roommate Carol was visiting from Chicago we cool off in Mushroom Cave at Rockwoods Reservation; he then persuaded us to crawl through mud in an ever-narrowing passageway to an uncharted hillside exit and plunge fully-clothed into the cool Meramec River to wash off. These and many more memories of Hank slice into my heart and mind. They bring sadness that we won't be making or sharing any more memories but also great, great gratitude that I have these many heart-stirring memories of our time together. Miss ya, Hank, forever! Hugs and deepest sympathy from Han Soo and me to Ginger, Kris, and Kat, who knew you so well and loved you so dearly.

- Joann Oh Dec 31 1969 12:00 AM

To the family of Mr. Schneider: I want to extend to you my condolences. I am sorry for you loss. I truly admired his strength in the short time I knew him. Please know that you are in my thoughts at this time. Dr. Toothaker

- Stephen Toothaker Dec 31 1969 12:00 AM

Ginger and Family, We were s saddened to learn of Hank's passing. When we moved to the river, Hank took time to explain the public use program and provided much guidance and encouragement through the years we worked together. His sense of humor was much appreciated, especially when things weren't going well. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Ruth and Jim Nissen

- Ruth and Jim Nissen Dec 31 1969 12:00 AM

Its such a shame that we were never able to get together (living so close). Hank was a good cousin and fun to be with as I was growing up. He will be missed by all who knew him. My prayers are with you through this difficult time. I have learned in this last year that many stand by you and are there when you need them. God bless!!

- Debby Ketterer Dec 31 1969 12:00 AM

Was honored to care for Hank the first 2 weekends he was in hospital. What an interesting life and career he had. Loved his photos and stories that went with them. Deepest condolences to the family. Kris Wyss RN, Surg Orhto

- Kris Wyss Dec 31 1969 12:00 AM

Dear Mrs. Schneider although I only met you one time I feel as if I've known you for ever. I enjoyed all the pictures that Hank shared while taking care of him. Sometimes I felt I wasn't working but visiting with an old friend. So happy to learn that you were able to bring Lady Barkly to see Hank. I know that was such a desire of his heart to see her also. Thank you for sharing your husband with me. He was a pleasure to take care of. I'm sorry for your loss and hope that you will find peace in God's grace.

- D.D. Vandivort, RN (weekend nights) Dec 31 1969 12:00 AM

I wanted to express my sympathy to you, Ginger, and to your family. I saw Hank in church with you almost every Sunday. I know you will miss him; we all will. May God bless you and grant you peace.

- Sue Hufham Dec 31 1969 12:00 AM

Ginger- I am so sorry for your loss. I cared for Hank intermittantly throughout his hospital stay. The very first and longest lasting fact I had learned about him was his great love for his lab, Lady Burkely. I enjoyed looking at pictures of all of his travels and of course the two loves of his life, Ginger and lovely Lady Burkely. He left a lasting impression on all of us and we will keep Giner in our thoughts and prayers and Hank forever in our hearts. Danyee, RN PCRMC

- Danyee Robinson, RN Dec 31 1969 12:00 AM

I had the pleasure of caring for Hank for the majority of his hospital stay. I became accustom to his likes and preferences when proving patient care for him every evening on the surgical floor. He had me laughing from the very first day of admission to even the end with his jokes and witty behavior. I sat and listened to his stories about life travels every evening while I passed his meds. He made me laugh so hard with his pathology of farts, and smile at his story of his honeymoon to Hawaii with his lovely bride. I sat at his bedside every evening for weeks in a row as (I work 5 nights a week), watching and discussing politics and getting advice on who to vote for in the upcoming elections. I even had the pleasure of meeting Lady Barkley, and couldn't resist petting her! I would go home every night and say a prayer for him and his family. Hank and Ginger were like family to us on Surg Ortho, we were all very sorry to hear of his passing. I pray God brings strength to your family in this difficult time and peace to know he is in a better place. I am so grateful for the opportunity to have cared for him, I will never forget you all. Michelle Morgan

- Michelle Morgan Dec 31 1969 12:00 AM

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