Rev. James O. Schneider

July 27, 1927August 3, 2013

Rev. James Otto Schneider, son of Otto Frederick and Leona Oberle Schneider was born on July 27, 1927 in Weldon Spring, Missouri and died in Houston, Texas on August 3, 2013 at the age of 86 years. Visitation will be at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home, 13001 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX on Thursday evening, August 8, 2013 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The funeral will be held in the Memorial Oaks Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, August 9, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. followed by a graveside service at Memorial Oaks Cemetery.

James attended a one-room elementary school in Weldon Spring, MO and Francis Howell High School in St. Charles County, MO. He graduated from Elmhurst College and then entered Eden Theological Seminary in Webster Groves, MO. His thesis was titled “The Soul Cries Out in the Book of Psalms.”

Jim loved baseball! He was third baseman for his college baseball team and spent his summers playing with Dardeene Missouri’s team in the East Missouri Hardroad League. He also organized and managed the baseball team at Eden Seminary. Singing in the Glee Club at Elmhurst College was also something he enjoyed.

In 1951 James married Lydia B. Fritz. He referred to this event as “one of the very most important happenings” in his life.

Jim was ordained into the Christian Ministry in 1952 at his home church, Emmanuel Evangelical & Reformed Church in Weldon Spring, MO. He served as pastor of the following churches: St. Paul’s E&R Church in Blackburn, MO (1952-1954), Church of the Cross in Midwest City, OK (1954-1955), Zion E&R Church in Oklahoma City, OK (1955-1962) and First Evangelical/Central Congregational Church in Houston, TX (1965-1975), where he was elected Pastor Emeritus. After training at the Institute of Religion he served in the chaplaincy departments at several hospitals in the Texas Medical Center. With the support of the First Evangelical congregation Rev. Schneider pioneered a “Program of Clinical Pastoral Education in the Parish Setting” and was honored by being named a Life Member in the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. Jim received his Master of Sacred Theology degree from Southern Methodist University in 1968. In addition to serving as a parish pastor, he was the chaplain for the Houston Police Officers’ Association for nearly a decade. Later in life Jim Schneider’s interest in helping people led him to become a life insurance agent, serving his clients for thirty years. He also continued to serve as a guest minister at a variety of churches.

In the mid-1970’s Jim cut down pine trees, then split and notched them, and with the help of family and friends built a log cabin at his tree farm near Warren, TX. Building the cabin and working with his trees were some of the best times of his life!

Jim said, “I am grateful to have had these significant experiences during my lifetime which were made possible by the goodness and graciousness of God Almighty who is my Maker, Sustainer, and Lord of Life and Death and Life Eternal.”

James O. Schneider was preceded in death by his son, Philip Allen Schneider and granddaughter Laura Marie Hanley. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Lydia; daughters Patti Hebson and husband Harold of Fort Worth, TX; Jeannie King and husband Craig of Longview, TX; and Mary Hanley; as well as seven grandchildren: Philip Hebson, Elicia McGarry and husband Sean, Amy Geppert and husband Scott, Alan King, and Samuel, Timothy and Benjamin Hanley; great-grandson Riley McGarry; and his sister Grace Reynolds and her family in Phoenix, AZ.

The family wishes to thank everyone who cared for and supported Jim. Contributions in his memory may be made to St. John’s Presbyterian Church 5020 West Bellfort Avenue, Houston, TX 77035; The Bonhoeffer House 1311 Holman Avenue, Houston, TX 77004 or the charity of your choice.


  • Visitation Thursday, August 8, 2013
  • Celebration of Life Friday, August 9, 2013

Rev. James O. Schneider

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Rick Richter

August 14, 2013

Dear Schneider Family, I was sorry to hear of of your loss. Pastor Schneider was a big part of my life. He was such a kind man & cared about everyone . II'm sorry I didn't see this news until after the service, as I would have been there for the Richter family.

Kirk Speck

August 10, 2013

To the Schneider Family: If there was one man who had more influence in my life and upbringing besides my Dad it was Pastor Schneider. I always had a sense everyday he was looking behind my shoulder. He taught me to be kind and good to others. So sad to see him go. One brief historic story I was w/ him at Stephen F. Austin State park on the back of his station wagon watching a black and white tv when Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon. So many memories. He raised a fine family. Bless you all. As for now I assume he is chatting w/ his son Phil. They must have a lot of catching up to do. Kirk

Jo Anne Johnson

August 9, 2013

Jeannie and Family: I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I pray God will give you much comfort in your time of grief and I know He will give you strength to help you through this time. With love, Jodie

Leigh Ann Wolfer

August 8, 2013

Thinking of each of you during this time of loss and holding your family close in prayer. I will miss Pastor Jim and the wonderful passion he had for life; I believe all of us who knew him have a piece of that passion instilled in us. Love to you all.

August 7, 2013

My condolences to the Schneider's family at this most difficult time. May the GOD of all comfort provide you with whatever is needed so you can cope with your great loss. Also you can look forward to an end to all causes of death and the heartaches it brings.

Steven Wood

August 7, 2013

Dear Jeannie and Family We are saddened at the loss of your Father and Grandfather and we extend our prayerful condolences during your time of loss. Wood Family.

Lynne Wortman

August 7, 2013

Dear Jeannie and Family:

I am so sorry for the loss of your father. What an interesting and caring man. Please accept my sincere condolences.

Carol Nedd

August 7, 2013

Allen & I are so sorry for your family's loss of your Dad, he was a wonderful man. I can't believe it's been 40 years since he married us & he always called around Christmas to see how our family was doing. Our thoughts & prayers are with all of you. Love, Carol & Allen

Ron Reaves

August 7, 2013

My sincere condolences to Lydia and family at this end of Jim's journey in this world. I trust beyond reason that he embraces a greater journey beyond the limits of earthly existence. The great work he did in clinical pastoral education as well in the insurance made him a vital link to the lives of many, enhancing life's opportunities for countless others. He was a true servant. I will never forget his leadership in my pastoral education from June - August in 1970 during a hot Houston summer. 'Well done thou good and faithful servant.'

J.R. Dickson HPD (Ret.)

August 6, 2013

Lydia and family, Linda and I extend our sincere condolences and may God bless you during this difficult time. As you well know, Jim was a sterling gentleman and a true friend. Our hearts and prayers are with you all. In Christ, Roger