In memory of our friend,
Henry Schneider - W5HNS
May 19, 1941 - July 6, 2016

Henry Schneider died Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at home in San Antonio, Texas, following a brief eight-month battle with cancer. He was 75 years old.

The son of Viola Ruth Dakin Lowe Schneider and Max Henry Schneider, Henry was born in New Orleans, LA on May 19, 1941.

Henry is survived by his wife of 51 years, Martha Winifred Camp Schneider; his daughter Laura Schneider Young and her husband Kevin of Lubbock, daughter Barbara Schneider Talley and her husband Paul of San Antonio, son Carl Henry Schneider and his wife Emilie of Humble, and nine grandchildren ranging in age from 19 to 4 years old.

Growing up in Lake Charles, LA, Henry spent countless hours in Drew Park, now the Willie Landry Community Center. He loved music, baseball, astronomy, and earned his HAM radio license as a young teenager, making news as a 16 year old when he provided the first communication to emergency services in the wake of Hurricane Audrey. Henry was a clarinetist as well as the drum major in both the Lake Charles High School and Louisiana Tech University marching bands. He enjoyed reunions and maintaining friendships with classmates.

Henry and Winifred met at Louisiana Tech and married in 1965 in the Haynesville United Methodist Church in Haynesville, LA. Henry served in the U.S. Navy as a skilled radioman in Da Nang, Vietnam, and then on the USS Pawcatuck. Following military service, career opportunities took him to Houston and then Pasadena, Texas where he and Winifred raised three children, worked, and served many years as dedicated members of Sunset United Methodist Church. Henry enjoyed retirement in San Antonio where he was a member of University United Methodist Church and multiple HAM radio clubs.

Among many things, family and friends will remember his dry sense of humor, sarcasm, and quick wit. Winifred will remember their shared competitive spirit discovered during their first tennis date, followed by years of bowling leagues and ping-pong matches, climbing dozens of feet in the air to assist with radio towers, years of Wednesday night choir rehearsals, and enduring harassment from unhappy baseball fans after discovering she was the umpire’s wife. His children will remember him correcting their grammar, embarrassing them in front of their friends, driving the getaway car for their shenanigans, conducting the radio, exposing them to jazz, classical, folk, and 50’s rock music and supporting their passion for music and sports. His grandchildren will remember drawing on his bald head with markers, his teasing, his knowledge of butterflies, his love of astronomy, and his detailed (and sometimes made-up) stories of his childhood adventures.

In lieu of a memorial service, you are invited to share a memory/story of an experience with Henry.

In lieu of flowers or a donation to charity, consider being a lung health advocate – for yourself and your neighbor. Because lung cancer is often symptom free until it reaches advanced stages, it’s the leading cancer killer in the United States. And, like Henry, it affects non-smokers too. Early detection is key. Screenings could be life-saving, yet are not standard. Talk to your doctor. Make every day count.

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