Obituary of Douglas R. Schneider
Douglas Robert Schneider, born November 18, 1955, in Clinton, Iowa, passed away on January 26, 2024, in Rockland, Maine at the age of 68. He grew up on the family farm first in Illinois and later Wisconsin. After high school, Doug attended the University of Illinois Carbondale on a math scholarship, where he also discovered a love for the sport of rugby. He then briefly returned to farming before leaving to work as a carpenter in Colorado. After marrying in Colorado, Doug moved to Connecticut where his three children were born. Doug was self-employed in his fine carpentry and specialty home remodeling business. In his later years, he divided his time between Baraboo, Wisconsin, Stamford, Connecticut, and Rockland, Maine.
Doug was a multi-talented man and a devoted friend to many. He loved hunting, fishing, and cooking, in his later years, he especially enjoyed making his mother’s recipes with his grandchildren. Doug delighted family and friends with his unending knowledge of music, frequently breaking into song in the middle of conversations, stunning with his lyrical recall. Possessed of a sharp wit, he loved a good debate. As a passionate student of history, he would not hesitate to employ that knowledge to win said debates. Doug had many friends from all quarters of his life, from his high school classmates to the customers who would more quickly consider him family. Generous, nearly to a fault, he would give his last dime to anyone in need.
Doug was preceded in death by his beloved son, Kyle Reid Schneider; his parents, Donald Richard Schneider, Sr., and Wanda Lange Schneider; his sister, Carol Ruth Schneider; and his brother-in-law, Bryce Knuth. He is survived by his beloved son, Douglas Lyle Schneider (Gabrielle McMahan); his beloved daughter, Rachel Lange Schneider; his adored grandchildren Nettle Reid Schneider and Otto Robert Schneider and his former wife, Mary Reid Buchanan Schneider. He is also survived by his brother, Donald R. Schneider, Jr. (Rita); his sisters, Wendy Schneider Allard (Richard) and Sally Schneider Knuth (Philip Budde, Jr.); and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, family and friends.
Memorial Services and Celebrations of Doug’s life are being planned for the spring in both Connecticut and Iowa. Arrangements are incomplete at this time.
Memorials in Doug’s memory can be made to Nettle and Otto Schneider’s College fund. These may be sent to Gabrielle McMahan ℅ Robert McMahan at 39 Bayside West, Owl’s Head, Maine 04854.
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