Lou E. Schneider

September 26, 1931February 24, 2013

Lou Ellsworth Schneider September 26, 1931 – February 24 2013 Lou Ellsworth Schneider, age 81, passed away February 24, surrounded by the beautiful majesty of the Colorado National Monument. He loved to visit the area, and since moving to Grand Junction over 18 years ago, Lou went there often with his wife to enjoy nature's splendor. Lou was born on September 26, 1931, in the small community of Chama, New Mexico, to John and Juanita Schneider. Juanita passed away when Lou was just a child, and he and his brothers were raised by his father's second wife, Mary Schneider. Lou's father worked on numerous large construction projects, and the family moved from one construction site to another, creating a very tight-knit and loving family. Lou joined the U.S. Navy when he was 17 years old, and he began what would become his life's career. During a brief hiatus from the Navy, he met and married the love of his life, Renée Lee, on September 23, 1955, in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. They were later sealed in the LDS St. George Temple. They were married for 56 years until her death in June 2011. Lou returned to the Navy shortly after he and Renée were married. He rose up through the ranks of his profession. He retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer after 34 years of courageous and valiant service to his country, including many years of service aboard aircraft carriers during the Korean Conflict and Vietnam War. Lou worked on the flight deck supervising the daily maintenance operations of the planes in his squadron. Lou is survived by his brothers, John (Margaret), and Charlie (Joan); sister-in-law, Karen Sant and brother-in-law, Kent Lee (Kahala); children, Lou and his wife, Carol; Brent and his husband, Kim; Craig and his wife, Jane; grandchildren, Ginny, James, Leanne, Laura, Ryan, Austin, Catherine and Sam, and numerous nieces and nephews and extended family. Lou was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The family members offer their sincere thanks to the community for helping when Lou was reported missing, as well as for all of the kind thoughts and prayers. A viewing will be held at Martin Mortuary on Sunday evening, March 3, from 6 - 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held Monday, March 4, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at the LDS chapel located at 3076 E 1/2 Road, Grand Junction, Colorado. Friends are welcome to visit with the family at the chapel, one hour prior to the service.


  • Visitation Sunday, March 3, 2013
  • Visitation Monday, March 4, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, March 4, 2013
  • Graveside Service Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Lou E. Schneider

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Charles (Pete) Warnick

March 7, 2013

Lou and his brother, John, were teenage buddies. We attended the Denver 2nd Ward. My father and I were home teachers to the family. Our condolences to the family. Wish we could have attended the services.

March 6, 2013

I didn't know Lou, but I attended law school with his son, Craig, whom I consider as a dear friend. Craig is an outstanding man so I guess he had excellent examples with his parents. My condolences to you and your family, Craig.
Doug and Tana Stowell

Linda Collins

March 4, 2013

I treasure my memories of Lou and Renee. I shared the same birthday with Lou and will remember him every year on our birthday. My love to Carol and Lou and all the family. Linda Collins

March 2, 2013

I did not have the privilege of meeting Lou Schneider but I know his son, Brent, who is very talented, caring and intelligent. To Brent, Kim and the Schneider family, I will include you in my prayers. Bene Arnold

Bill & Linda Beeler

March 2, 2013

Uncle Lou, your earthly journey is complete. We have thought how fitting that your final day was spent at the place you and Aunt Renee loved to go to and be still and know God is alive. Bill and I loved you both very much. Our prayers are with your family and loved ones. What a glorious day for you to be with your heavenly family. Love to all

Anne Richards

March 2, 2013

It was a pleasure to meet you at Christmas. Your passing is a great loss for the family but I know you are with Renee.

March 2, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Jo and Dick Morris

March 2, 2013

What great memories I have of Lou and Renee when they were in Escondido. So happy they are together again. My love to their family.

Donna Gentry (Escondido CA)

March 1, 2013

You are my favorite Uncle. While we are so sad, Aunt Renee is so happy to be with you again. "till we meet again. Love, Janie

Mike and Lori Billings

March 1, 2013

We are so sorry for your loss.