Kenneth Herman Schneidt
REED CITY — Kenneth Herman Schneidt, 94, of Reed City, went to be with the Lord on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013.
He was born on Feb. 6, 1919, in Vassar, where he was raised on the family farm by his parents Henry and Amelia “Millie” (Karbowsky) Schneidt. The family attended the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Caro, where he received Christian instruction and confirmation.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1946 with the 63rd Reconnaissance Troop. He operated the lead armored car in his unit’s convoy during operations in the European Theater of World War II and was awarded the Bronze Star. He recalled to family and friends that his German surname and knowledge of the German language set German Wehrmacht soldiers that had been captured at ease and allowed him to excel at intelligence gathering. He attended Ferris State College upon his return stateside and graduated in May 1952 with a degree in drafting. On Sept. 6, 1952, he was married to Edna Esther Keller who survives him. He was employed with Keller Tool of Grand Haven for two and a half years before moving to the Reed City area where he worked at Gardner Denver/Cooper Industries for 30 years until his retirement in 1984.
He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church for 50 years and served as a member of several boards and committees including: board of Christian Day School, building & grounds committee, and the board of elders. He was instrumental in the installation of a west entrance at Trinity Lutheran School allowing for the children to board awaiting buses without having to walk across a busy street. Ken enjoyed the outdoors and loved gardening. He was especially fond of telling stories about his war experience, drawing and listening to Detroit Tiger games on the radio.
He is survived by his wife, Edna Schneidt; children, Nancy (Barry) Visel, Roger (Jean) Schneidt, Craig (Jeanie) Schneidt, Dale (Amal) Schneidt, Brian (Jeanne) Schneidt, Tim Schneidt, and Christine (Kevin) Fortier; 19 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Amelia “Millie” Schneidt; brothers, Milton, Henry (Faye) and Stanley (Thelma) Schneidt; sister, Gladys Schneidt; mother and father-in-law, Clarence and Herta Keller, and brother-in-law, Marvin Keller.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Reed City with the Rev. Robert Baerwolf officiating. Visitation will be at the church from 3 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.
A memorial contribution may be made in his name to the Trinity Lutheran School Building Fund and envelopes will be available at the church. Online obituary may be viewed and condolences offered at pruittlivingston.com.