TRAVERSE CITY — Paul William Schneider, 91, of Traverse City, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. Paul was born on July 8, 1922, in Chelsea, to Oscar David and Mary (Lambert) Schneider.
Paul was a graduate of Chelsea High School and continued his education at Albion College, where he earned a BS in economics. He was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity and a varsity athlete in both football and basketball.
Paul was a retired veteran of World War II from the United States Navy. He served in the South Pacific on a LST as a Lieutenant Junior Grade.
Paul married the love of his life, Mary Lou Larson, on July 16, 1949, in Petoskey.
They made their home in Traverse City, where they raised four children. His family was his pride and devotion. Many memories were created with their close neighbors on Boughey Hill.
Paul was an avid golfer and a longtime member of the Traverse City Golf and Country Club. Paul sang in the Central United Methodist choir for 50 years and volunteered many years as the financial secretary. He shared many laughs in the Rotary minstrel show with his friends, especially Jack Bensley.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mary Lou; children, Suzanne Marie (Steve) Lerner, of Los Angeles, Calif., Janeen Ann (Gregg) Lawley, of McCall, Idaho, Marley Kay Niewendorp, of East Jordan, and Paul David (Shaun) Schneider, of Traverse City; his grandchildren, Kendra (Doug) Watson, of Portland, Ore., Spencer (Rae) Lawley, of Anchorage, Alaska, Emily Niewendorp (fiancé, Danny Garcia), of Brooklyn, N.Y., Joseph Niewendorp, of Minneapolis, Minn., Claire Niewendorp (fiancé, Burket Kniveton), of Whitefish, Mont., and Kaitlynn Schneider, of Arlington, Va.; and a great-granddaughter, Ainsley Watson, of Portland, Ore.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Carl; and sister, Anne Flintoft.
The memorial service for Paul will begin at noon Saturday, Feb. 1, at Central United Methodist Church, where friends may greet the family beginning at 11 a.m. The Reverend Dale Ostema will officiate. Inurnment will take place in the Columbarium of Central United Methodist Church.
Paul may be remembered through memorial contributions in his name to Central United Methodist Church or to the Salvation Army.
Please share your memories of Paul with his family by way of the online tribute page at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The family is being served by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.