The best dad in the entire world passed away peacefully on January 30, 2021 in the loving care of Crossroads Hospice at Centerpoint Medical Center in Indpendence, Missouri. He was born on July 3, 1935. He always told everybody that the entire population of the United States of America celebrated his birthday with fireworks and hot dogs and hamburgers. The only problem was that they always forgot and got to the huge celebration a day late!
He was born in Sedalia, Missouri. He was the baby of the family. He had a brother, Vernon, a brother Bob, a sister, Dorothy, and another sister, Ruth. He leaves behind a wife of 52 years, Donna Sue Schneck, a son of 45 years, Todd Pierson Schneck, and many, many in laws, nephews, nieces, cousins, and other loved ones.
He went to Sedalia Smith Cotton High School where he played football, basketball, and ran track. Very mysteriously, he quit every team because each coach was intolerable. After high school, he enlisted in the Navy and served at the tail end of the Korean War.
When he was honorably discharged from the Navy, he went to the University of Missouri-Columbia. He graduated in 1961 from Missouri with a degree in Accounting. He began working for the Employment Office, where he met his wife of 52 years. They were married on May 10, 1968.
One of the major highlights of his life was attending the First Super Bowl between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Green Bay Packers. Sadly, he did not bring a speck of merchandise home, which would be priceless. Oh, well, that’s in the past. I would love for him to see the Super Bowl on Sunday. I was hoping that it was going to be a rematch between the Packers and the Chiefs. He will be at our family’s Super Bowl Party in spirit. Of course, he is at peace eternally, so will not care who wins the game. It matters not at this point. Life is the most important thing.
His only child, his son, Todd Schneck, was born on January 25, 1976. He went to all of his games and concerts and other endeavors. He was always there with his wife, Todd’s mom. That was priceless, a gift!
He retired from the IRS in 1999. He received many rewards over the 40 years that he was there. He saw his son graduate from UMKC in 2000 with a Bachelor’s degree in English. He then saw him graduate from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2003 with a Master’s degree in Library Science.
He was a very devoted dad and husband, except when it came to preserving Elvis records. He used to have hundreds of Elvis records, 45s, as they called them back in the day. He left them in a box one day long ago. He had left the windows rolled up. The sun came out, and the temperature got up to 100 degrees. He went into the house and forgot about them. When he came back to the car, they had all melted.
That mistake aside, he was the best dad ever. He was very wise and gave that wisdom in small sayings. One had to pay attention to get the deeper meanings. He was a straight shooter and a true original. No one ever swayed him to be anything other than himself. He is now with my mother in Heaven. Rest in total piece, Dad, until I see you again!