James Vernon Schneider
April 4, 1932 - Nov. 11, 2012
COMMERCE CITY,Nebraska -- Vernon Schneider was born on April 4, 1932, at Brewster Hospital, Holdrege, Nebraska. His parents were William Dean and Margaret Pauline (Blakeslee) Schneider. He departed this life on Nov. 11, 2012, near his home in Commerce, California, at age 80.
He grew to manhood on a farm near Funk, Nebraska. He attended Prairie Rose School, Dist. 11, through sixth grade and then Axtell Public Schools through the 12th grade. He was very talented in many things, participating in football, basketball (where he held the free throw record) and track. He achieved another record in typing, 95 words per minute, without error, on the old Royal matual typewriter. He also was on the drama team. He loved to come back to his high school class reunions.
During his high school years, James spent one summer working in a cannery in California and fell in love with that great state, moving there as soon as he could. He worked two jobs, as a clerk for the Santa Fe railroad and as a clerk for Bethlehem Steel Corp., eventually moving up to chief clerk of the Mills at Bethlehem Steel. In later years, he started his own office supply business.
James was the second of seven children. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Robert, David and Earl. He is survived by two sisters, Leonora Rogers of Meade, Kansas, Carolyn Schneider of California and one brother, Paul Schneider of McCook, Nebraska. Goodbye, dear brother, we know you are over in Heaven, since you received Jesus Christ as your Savior in high school.