David Bernard Schneider

March 9, 1944February 9, 2020

David Bernard Schneider very much lived his life as he wanted. After 75 years of life, his opinions, humor and loving consideration of others will be deeply missed. He passed away on February 9 surrounded by family and loved ones.

David was born on March 9, 1944 in Galveston, Texas to Gertrude and Morris Schneider. After graduating high school in Texas City, he attended the University of Texas where he received a BS in Business Administration in 1966, followed by a JD from the University of Texas School of Law in 1969. While at UT, he met the love of his life Ronnie Jean Gottlieb Schneider to whom he was married for over 30 years.

After leaving Austin, David moved to Washington DC where he worked for the Interstate Commerce Commision and then moved to Kansas City where he was council for Yellow Freight Trucking. In 1978, David relocated to Oklahoma City where he established himself as a leading attorney serving the transportation industry and practiced for over 40 years.

David was very active in professional and local charitable organizations throughout his life. He was a past President of the Transportation Lawyers Association, as well as an active board member for the Jewish Federation of OKC, St. Anthony’s Hospital Foundation, Temple B’nai Israel, and Emanuel Synagogue.

David embraced life with an unwavering confidence, humor, and occasional irreverence. He will be remembered for his stedfast dedication to Jewish values, passion for burnt orange Texas-inspired garb (including shirts, sweaters, cuff links and ties), his unique dancing skills, and generosity beyond his means. Most of all he was resilient. His life was occasionally filled with obstacles and challenges but he always seemed to adapt and flourish with change. After Ronnie’s death in 1999, he found himself amidst a community supported not only by old friends but found ways to move forward and establish new friendships and loving relationships which brought him incredible joy in life.

He is survived by his children Jerome and Michelle. His five loving grandchildren- Rowan, Hayden, Trey, Icelie, and Abby- all of whom had a very special place in his heart.

Services will be held at Emanuel Synagogue on Tuesday, February 11 at 10 am. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in David’s memory to the Jewish Federation of Oklahoma City.


  • He is survived by his children Jerome and Michelle. His five loving grandchildren- Rowan, Hayden, Trey, Icelie, and Abby- all of whom had a very special place in his heart.

  • Jay Shanker, Active Pallbearer
  • Irwin Steinhorn, Active Pallbearer
  • Dr. Jeff Hirsch, Active Pallbearer
  • Jerry Bendorf, Active Pallbearer
  • Lou Barlow, Active Pallbearer
  • Don Nevard, Active Pallbearer
  • Ben Shanker, Honorary Pallbearer

  • Jewish Federation of Oklahoma City


  • Funeral Service Tuesday, February 11, 2020


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Mary Blankenship Pointer

February 15, 2020

Jerome and Michelle,

I am heartbroken over the loss of your father.

He was very proud of both of you. Every time that I saw your father, he would get a big smile on his face and update me on the great things you are doing. He loved you more than anything.



Jen Elam

February 14, 2020

My opportunity to work with David afforded much needed guidance and a great deal of laughter. I learned so much about transportation and life from him.
My prayers are yours as you grieve this giant of a man.

Jonelle Johnson

February 13, 2020

To David's family,
David took us on as trucking company clients early on in our business. He mentored us, taught us so much, and we became good friends over the 20 years of our relationship.

As a DOT attorney, he was an absolute wealth of information, a walking encyclopedia, and we were fortunate to be his clients. He left a great legacy.

I so regret not knowing about his passing - I would have attended the service. David, we will miss you dearly.

With deep sympathy,
Jay and Jonelle Johnson
Continental Drive Away, Inc.

Christie Barnes

February 12, 2020

I worked with David in 2011 through 2012 for our association. He was an impressionable person. Smart, witty, and a force of nature, he just knew how to get down to the brass tacks. I enjoyed getting to work with him and learning from him. He was truly someone I am better for knowing. He will be missed greatly.