William Edward Schneider

December 11, 1918August 15, 2016

It was a great life!

The world has lost a great man. A wonderful father, grandfather, great grandfather, mentor, author and friend to all.

William E. Schneider (Ol' Bill) passed away on August 15, 2016, at the Victoria Care Center, where he had been a resident for 3 years, surrounded by his loved ones. 01' Bill was a lifelong resident of Saticoy. He was born on December 11, 1918, the only son of William Schneider and Isabelle McAdam Schneider.

Ol' Bill attended Saticoy Elementary School, still located at the same site, and Ventura High School. He was President of Ventura Junior College 1938 to 1939. He then attended USC. He played the slide trombone for the USC band and marched in the 1940 Rose Parade and Rose Bowl. He proudly told the story of how the only A he got at USC was in boxing. He graduated from USC with a Master's Degree in Education.

Ol' Bill proudly served in the Merchant Marines during World War IL Starting in July 1942 he sailed on 4 tankers throughout the war, both in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. He wrote many stories for the Newsletter The Anchor Light, a publication of the U.S. Merchant Marine Veterans of World War II.

Ol' Bill returned to Saticoy after the war and married Audrey French in 1947. He worked in farming, first in pest control and then in farming tomatoes, green beans and flowers in various fields in Saticoy for 13 years. He joined the teaching profession in 1962, starting in Montalvo Schools and finishing in Ventura Unified School District in 1982. He spent 12 years in the classroom and 8 years as a Junior High School counselor. He was a mentor to hundreds of school age kids, where, under the guise of making kites, he was guiding them and leading them to a better life.

Ol' Bill got bit by the acting bug as a young man and after he retired at the age of 62 from teaching he got a print agent and his pictures appeared on billboards, sales brochures and bank advertisements. After a few years, his started a film career and became a proud member of SAG (Screen Actors Guild). His film credits included two major films, several short films, and host of a local history series on CAPS, the Ventura Public Television Station. He also performed as Carl Sandburg at many book fairs and Swedish festivals.

In his later years, Ol' Bill organized and managed several music bands, ranging from 40's dance bands to Dixieland, including his beloved Main Street Jazz Band which continues today under the leadership of his son, Bill Jr. Ol' Bill played the trombone and acted as Master of Ceremonies for each gig. Music was one of his greatest passions and he continued to play until he was 94.

Ol' Bill loved people and everyone who met him became his friend. Some of those friends include the coffee gang at The 126 Cafe, fellow parishioners at the Church of The Foothills, and the old Saticoy Congregational Church. He was active in the Saticoy Historical Society and documented the stories of pioneering families of Saticoy. He was also a proud member of the Ventura and Saticoy Lions Clubs. His birthday parties were an annual event with live music and became a Saticoy reunion. Ol' Bill wrote a book with his many stories of growing up in Saticoy, the war and life in general. Recollections, Reflections & Some Other Stuff was published by the Saticoy Historical Society in the Spring of 2011.

Ol' Bill was preceded in death by his parents, William Carl Schneider and Isabelle McAdam Schneider, his first wife Audrey, his sister, Katherine Gordon. Ol' Bill is survived by his Wife, Norma Jean (divorced) children, Claire Schneider, Beverley Brooks (Wayne), William Jr. (Elizabeth Cameron), and Laurie Schneider (Ron Perdue), his grand daughter, Laurie La Rue, and his great grandson, Michael La Rue.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at the Church of the Foothills at 10 am with a reception following the service at the same location. The Internment will be at Ivy Lawn on Monday September 19, 2016 in section "C" at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Saticoy Boys and Girls Club and the Church of the Foothills. The Family would to thank Victoria Care Center for their highly skilled staff and unwavering support and assistance to Ol' Bill. Thank You ...The Family

Arrangements under the direction of Charles Carroll Funeral Home, Ventura, CA.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, September 17, 2016
  • Graveside Service Monday, September 19, 2016

William Edward Schneider

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May 24, 2017

I was just thinking of Bill and just found out it died last year. I taught with him at Junipero Serra School...the beginning of my career and the end of his. He was the best of men...kind, upbeat, always learning, and so generous with his time and love. He lived a full life. Everyone who knew him, loved him! I moved to San Francisco in 2012 so didn't see the news of his passing.

Shirley Ching

Steve Tobias

September 15, 2016

Bill was many things and touched many lives as so many people have written. However, no one has yet to acknowledge his exceptional athletic skills. Bill was one of the finest fast pitch softball players ever to perform in Ventura County. After my days as a collegiate athlete I was extremely fortunate to return home and join a team from Saticoy for which Bill was the "man." He could move the ball in any direction he wanted and was so skilled that few opponents could get good wood on his pitches. While one of the kindest men I have ever known, his competitiveness and skill set on the softball diamond was second to none. RIP my dear teammate.

Paul Pierce

September 13, 2016

Bill has left me with many great memories; trout fishing at Lake Crowley. salmon fishing on the Feather River, playing fast-pitch softball in Saticoy and working with him as educators in Ventura Schools. He was a special friend and I consider it a privilege to have known him.

Elaine Paul

September 12, 2016

Bill was a wonderful ambassador for Ventura County residents. He helped me so much when I put together a book of my father-in-law, Joe Paul, Jr.'s columns. At every opportunity, Bill promoted the book and Joe Paul's legacy to Ventura County and he always sent me a check when he sold a book. He never stopped contributing to the people of Ventura and truly was an ambassador for Saticoy residents. I will always remember him as a kind, active Ventura County ambassador. We have suffered a loss, but will always be grateful for the role he played in the community.

Dani Pierce-Sigurdson

September 10, 2016

For many years, when fall arrived, Bill would make the trek with my father to Oroville, CA to fish for salmon and steelhead. Each year I would join them for a couple of days. Bill made such an impression on me sharing his stories, engaging in meaningful conversations, and always being a warm,sincere gentleman. He was a special friend to my dad. Although I haven't seen him in many years, I will miss him. Truly, the world has lost an amazing man. He holds a special place in our hearts.

Gerrit Green

September 9, 2016

Mr. Schneider... our 6th grade teacher.... What a lasting impression. I don't know of any teacher or man that would warrant 6th grade class reunions... but Bill did. They went on for years. I now tell my daughter that she will carry her grade school education with her and remember fondly the teachings of kind and loving people like Bill Schneider. Rest peacefully sweet man.

Grace Baskin

September 9, 2016

Dear Schneider Family, so very sorry for the loss of your dear father, Bill. What a wonderful person he was - a truly special friend. He'll be missed. Love, Grace Baskin & family

Cynthia De La O

September 9, 2016

it has been my great honor to care for this wonderful man who was filled with wit ,kindness and a love for his family that was mutal in their love and care for him. I will miss him but if i close my eyes i can hear him sing...his song is in my heart.....Cynthia Elaine De La O

john flynn

September 9, 2016

Bill Schneider was one of the best. People liked his kindness. I was fortunate to have Bill Jr. in my class during the sixties and he was an active but a good kid. Bill interviewed me a long time ago and he treated me very well. I shall not fail to remember him. He added much to our west county. John Flynn

Mary Jane Tobias

September 8, 2016

We have great memories of our days together in Saticoy. Bill was the best man in our wedding and was always one of the best men on our lives. We spent many wonderful days with Bill and his family through Saticoy Community Church, Saticoy Lions and the Saticoy Historical Society. We will continue to enjoy our memories but we will miss ol Bill very much.