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John Walter Schneider

June 7, 1944 ~ June 14, 2018 (age 74)
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John Schneider took his final flight, this time to heaven, on June 14, 2018 at the age of 74. Born in Denver, Colorado, the son of William J. Schneider and Loretto M. (Hart) Schneider, John grew up in Morrison. In 1965 he joined the US Navy, and during his service he met the love of his life, mother of his children, and wife of now 50 years, Lois (Brunault).

In 1968, John began his 34-year career as a Denver Firefighter. He worked on the streets as an engineer for years, and then his love of flying brought him to Stapleton, and then Denver International Airport (DIA) for the latter half of his career. A private pilot as well, John flew to work for his final shift at DIA before retiring. He was met with a water salute from his fellow firefighters, and a photo of this beautiful moment still hangs on the wall in his home.

John was always generous with his time and desire to help anyone who needed it. Be it family, friends, neighbors, or strangers, he served and helped in any way he could. As a pilot he volunteered for Angel Flight, a group dedicated to providing free air transportation to those in need of medical care out of state. He drove many miles and brought food and companionship to seniors as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels. Profoundly touched by their work and mission, he had hoped to volunteer with Missionaries of the New Evangelization. As a devout Catholic deeply committed to his faith, John participated in many ministries over the years.

John loved woodworking. Over the years he blessed his family with everything from bedroom furniture to simple heirloom pieces. He was a cook, both during his years at the firehouse and at home. A family favorite was Dad’s Green Chili and Christmas Burritos. He also loved talking to people, and friends and family will fondly remember phrases he used, like “long story short”.

 A loving husband, father, and Papa, John is survived by his wife, Lois; children, Daniel (Jamie) Schneider, Jennifer (Tom) Davis, Mark (Tracy) Schneider, and Laura (James) Norman; his grandchildren, Jeremy, Nicholas, Gracelyn, Sonora, Harrison, Abbey, and Claire; his sister, Mary Suchey; his brother, William Schneider, Jr.; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

John cared so much and was cherished by so many. This world is a better place because he was here.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to:

Missionaries of the New Evangelization
9905 Foothills Canyon Blvd
Highlands Ranch, CO  80129
(checks made out to “MNE”)

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Please note “In Memory of John Schneider”.

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