Kenneth J. Schneider, age 85, of Fremont died peacefully on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015 at St. Joseph Residence in New London.
He was born February 13, 1930 in Readfield, the only son of the late Julius and Ella (Krenke) Schneider. At the age of 16, Ken took over the family farm in the Town of Caledonia after his father suffered a fatal heart attack. On October 30, 1954, he wed Angeline Wendt of Poy Sippi. From that union came five children. In addition to farming, Ken worked at Schneider Feed and Seed in Hortonville for over 20 years, and later at Hillshire Farms for over 15 years. A man of faith, he was a lifelong member of Zion Lutheran Church in Readfield. He was an avid hunter and a founding member of the Readfield Gun Club.
On April 28, 1990, Kenny married Nancy Demerly. In retirement, they traveled and spent time with their grandchildren, teaching them to fish in a back yard trout pond. Ken applied forestry and conservation practices to his land. He enjoyed hunting with his sons and grandchildren, bicycling, and running. In 1996, he escorted his son, Lohn, home from deployment in the Persian Golf aboard the U.S.S. Peleliu from Hawaii to California. Nancy preceded Ken in death on June 11, 1999.
Ken is survived by his children: Gary (Dixi), New London; Randy (Lori), New London; Lohn, California; Lori (Doug) Coudron, Amery; and Tim (Barb), New London; 12 grandchildren: Tori (Luke) Bergmann, Sam, Katie, Maddie, Anna, Molly, Thomas, Paige, Abigail and Paul Schneider, Nathan and Lindsey Coudron; a great-grandson, Isaac; former wife and mother of Ken’s children, Angie Kamba, New London; a sister, Joyce Mader, Bradenton FL; five step-children and their families; a niece, Julie Reinhart, La Crosse; a nephew, Michael Scott (Donna) Mader, Newport News, VA; other relatives and friends. Ken was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Don Mader, and a step-son, Daniel Bentley.
Funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, N985 County Rd. W, Readfield. Rev. Peter Kesting will officiate. Burial will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation is at the church from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service. The Lewin Funeral Home, Fremont, is assisting the family with arrangements.
The family wishes to extend acknowledgement to all of St. Joseph’s staff and volunteers along with hospice for their diligence, selflessness, and compassion.