Jerald Roy Schneider

September 12, 1947November 7, 2018

Jerald Roy Schneider passed away on November 7, 2018 at the age of 71.

Jerry “Ref” was born September 12, 1947 to the late Harold Lucas Schneider and Alice LaVonne Hutchins (Petersen) in Aberdeen, Washington.

Jerry grew up spending time on Summit Lake in Washington with his large tight-knit group of cousins. He loved the water and spent many summers in his adult life on the lake or the ocean with his family. Jerry was an avid electronics enthusiast, tinkering with everything from radios to home media control systems. Prior to retirement, his career was also in the field of technology. He was a huge sports fan which translated into his time refereeing high school football. Jerry was a faithful servant and member of the Lutheran Church. Perhaps one of his greatest achievements was his reign as Exalted Ruler of the Plano, Texas Elks Lodge. Jerry was also immensely proud of the accomplishments of his children, specifically of his son’s service to our country as a Sergeant First Class in the US Army.

Jerry is survived by his daughter Amanda Rae Hamlin (Kevin) of Davidson, North Carolina, his son Mark Harold Schneider (Elizabeth) of Sanford, North Carolina, his grandchildren Grace Christine Hamlin, Kohen Kenneth Hamlin, Blair Alice Hamlin, Matthew David Schneider and Jonathan Jerald Schneider, his half-sister Joan Ellen Friel (Mike) of Renton, Washington, his niece Megan Elise Friel and his nephew Michael Charles Friel. He is preceded in death by his daughter Christine Joan Schneider.

The family will have a private memorial service at a later date.


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Valerie Eldred Walstad

November 20, 2018

My sister Ellie and I grew up with Jerry at Summit Lake. We weren't blood but we were family. The hours swimming & skiing, bon fires and the stories our folks told. Many memories come flooding back from our youth. Jerry was very talented, a bit of a inventor. Always fixing things. His memory will be cherished.

Linda Schneider

November 15, 2018

Jerry and I grew up at Summit Lake, and he was more like a brother than a cousin. He was handsome, funny, clever, talented, intelligent and he could talk anyone's ear off. I remember the pranks he pulled on me and all the fun and laughter we shared and all the stages of life both of us encountered together. I am so grateful that he was in my life, and I will miss him dearly. He loved his children SO much, and was proud of them, and he'd say that often to me. His loss is felt deeply but the wonderful memories will always rise above it all. If he could send us all a message, I have a feeling it would be this:

Another day without me,
And I'm not here to see...
When the sun finds your eyes
That fill with tears for me

I wish you wouldn't cry
The way you did today,
While thinking of the many things
We didn't get to say.

I know how much you love me,
As much as I love you
And I know each time you think of me
I know you miss me, too.

Another day without me,
Don't think we're far apart...
For every time you think of me,
I'm right there in your heart.

Rest well, dear cousin.

Barbara Cowan

November 14, 2018

To Mandi and Mark. I just want to let you know how sorry I am for your loss. Though it is a trite expression, I do believe he is finally at peace both physically and mentally(as I am sure you are too). Please know that over the last few years he mentioned to me how much he loved you and how proud he was of both of you and his grandchildren. I know you kids don’t know me, but I feel like I know you guys. I hope you both continue to have a wonderful life. Barbara(Schneider) Cowan.💕🎈