OSWEGO, NY – Raymond H. Schneider, 85, of Oswego, died on Tuesday October 14, 2014, at his home in care of Oswego County Hospice Services with his family.
He was born in Bay, Missouri, on March 28, 1929, and was the son of the late Henry Arthur and Olinda Matilda ( nee Ebker) Schneider.
Mr. Schneider served in the United States Air Force from 1951-1955, as an instructor in the 3750th Technical Training Group at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas and as a crew chief on the B-26 Marauder during the Korean Conflict.
Mr. Schneider received his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from the University of Missouri at Columbia, Missouri, and his PhD. from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Mr. Schneider worked performing soil studies throughout the Midwest United States, for the intercontinental ballistic missile silos, based out of Sedalia, Missouri.
He then worked as an associate professor in the Earth Sciences Department at SUNY Oswego for 30 years and retired in 1991.
Mr. Schneider was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Reuben A. Schneider and Harvey R. Schneider; his sister, Almira Haugeberg; his 19-year-old granddaughter, Hanlon M.K. MacDonald; his nephew, Robb C. Wacker; his niece, Jana Shore Smith; and great-niece, Sara Lachenmyer.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Marlene W. Schneider; daughters, Kim Frohbieter of Peyton, Colorado, Katy MacDonald of Albany, NY, Kari Hamrick of Amarillo, Texas, and Kirsten Gwen Foran of North Pole, Alaska; his son, Steve Schneider of Dubai the United Arab Emirates; and sister, Diann Wacker of Owensville, Missouri; sons-in-law, James Frohbieter, Roderick MacDonald, Marty Hamrick and William Jacobsen; and daughter-in-law, Isabelle.
He had 15 grandchildren: Derek (affianced to Alyssa) and Matthew (affianced to Samantha) Frohbieter, Quinn McDonald Dane and Bethany Hamrick, Joseph and Aidan Hamrick, Mackenzie, Walter, Ethan, Michela, William, and Elliot Foran, Finn Buhse and Karl Schneider.
He also had two great-grandchildren, Kason and Kinsley and was beloved by many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews who knew him as a favorite “Uncle Ray.”
Mr. Schneider was a keen observer of the natural environment, an avid outdoorsman his entire life and an advocate of wise use and conservation of the earth’s natural resources, energy efficient housing and transportation, the rights of consumers and political action for the benefit of this country’s citizens.
He was involved with the Sterling Nature Center, The Central New York Land Trust, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and Union of Concerned Scientists.
He served on the board of the Emeriti Association, as well as many other organizations in various capacities and was member of the H. Lee White Marine Museum and Gasconade County Historical Society in Missouri where he was born.
A local memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 25, at 11 a.m. at the Faith United Church with a luncheon to be served following the service to share remembrances of Ray with his friends and family.
Ray’s ashes will be returned to the farm where he was born in Missouri for a family service, at a future date, in the summer of 2015.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to be made to: The Sunflower Run Scholarship Fund in Memory of Hanlon Marlene Kagiso MacDonald, attn. Debbie Rappazzo, 142 Dunsbach Ferry Road, Cohoes, NY, 12047, Faith United Church, 12 Mark Fitzgibbons Drive, Oswego NY 13126, Sterling Nature Center, Nature Preserve, 15380 Jenzvold Road, Sterling NY 13156, The Sierra Club, 85 Second St., second floor, San Francisco, California 94105-3441, Union of Concerned Scientists, 2 Brattle Square, Cambridge Massachusetts 20138-3780.
Arrangements are in care of the Dowdle Funeral Home.