Alfred W. Schneider,
Alfred W. Schneider,
  • September 18, 1927 - June 26, 2017
  • Texas

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Alfred W. Schneider, Jr., 89, of Point Comfort, passed away on Monday, June 26, 2017. He was born one of thirteen children in Shiner, Texas on September 18, 1927 to the late Alfred E. Schneider and Rosie Schumann Schneider. He was raised in Palacios, Texas and went to school through the 11th grade and started to work in Dieschburg, later he earned his GED certificate. At the age of 18, he joined the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict for a year and half including a month that was spent on a ship, he was never so glad to be on land again. During this time of service there were 4 Schneider brothers proudly serving their country. Upon his return from military service, he bought a tractor and tried farming, then worked in the oilfield business for 2 years around the Blessing area. Dad met mom in 1947 and married in 1950. In 1953, Dad and Mom were baptized together at the First Baptist Church. He worked as a foreman for Alcoa but dad wasn't your normal supervisor. He would help his workers to do whatever they needed to do to get the job done. Alfred lived only five minutes from work but would always be at work an hour early. He always said anything could happen between home and going to work, so he wanted to be there on time and get things ready for his crew. In 1981, after 32 years of dedicated service, he retired from Alcoa.
After his retirement, he spent 8 hours a day, six days a week at Cowtown which was his country place at Dieschburg. He enjoyed 30 plus years raising cows, mending fences and anything else that needed to be done on the farm. Alfred had some chickens and acquired two ducks from his grandson, Blake. Dad always had a huge garden, he spent many hours keeping his place looking like a park. He enjoyed working his pecan and fruit trees which always produced delicious fruit. We all have fond memories of standing under the fruit trees and eating the tangerines and oranges off the trees. Dad was always a hardworking man, he never complained about doing his work, he said it kept him going.
Dad and Mom both loved the summers, when the grandkids would come and stay. Mom and Dad would pick up the kids in Thorndale and make the round trip so the kids could get their summer started. The grandkids loved going to Cowtown where they spent many hours riding four wheelers, fishing, and just enjoying country life. Dad was volunteer fireman for 5 years in Point Comfort, the kids remember the alarm in their home. He coached Buddy's little league baseball team.
Family vacations lead to California-Monterrey, San Diego, San Francisco, Disneyland; Clovis, New Mexico; Yellow Stone National Park, The Grand Canyon, and many exciting places. Buddy remembers riding in the car with a little toy bow and arrow. Dad told him, if he shot it one more time, it would be thrown out the car window. Dad was a man of his word, as his arrow is on the side of the road between here and there.
Dad had two devoted dogs, Little Bit and Patches, who were his babies. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Point Comfort and became good friends with Brother Fisher and helped at the church by mowing, trimming trees and doing whatever had to be done. He loved peanuts, cookies, and oatmeal was his favorite which he always shared with his dogs. Dad enjoyed when Buddy and LA would come visit, he also enjoyed her breakfast tacos with a glass of orange juice and then topped it off with a glass of cold milk and cookies.
One of Dad's favorite sayings was "ENJOY EVERY DAY". He loved his life and his wife and didn't mind telling you she was his world.
Survivors include his loving wife of 67 years, Claudie Cavallin Schneider; daughter, Cindy Schneider; son, Buddy Schneider and wife Lou Ann; brothers, Herbert John Schneider and wife Joann, and Dickey Schneider and wife, Joyce; sister, Ruby Mae Boettchet; sister in law, Marlene Powell; grandkids, Crystal Patranella and husband, Brandon, Blake Schneider and wife, Nicole, Eric Richardson and wife, Lori, and Leah Richardson; great grandkids, Benjamin and Sarah Patranella, Hudson and Eli Schneider, and Averie Richardson; along with numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, nine siblings and father and mother-in law, Claude and Iva Mae Cavallin.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, June 29, 2017 at Richardson Colonial Funeral Home from 12 to 1 pm. Funeral service will follow at 1:00 pm, with Pastor John Fisher officiating. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Gardens Cemetery. Pallbearers are Blake Schneider, Brandon Patranella, Eric Richardson, Larry Dillard, Paul Hunt and Tyler Adams.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Harbor Hospice, or the Calhoun County Humane Society. The family would like to thank the Brookdale staff for their kindness in helping with our Dad during his stay; also to the doctors, nurses and social worker at DeTar Hospital in the Dementia unit.
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