Frank M. Schneider of Moscow died Thursday, May 24, 2018 at his home. He was a lifelong upright and admired citizen, of 95 years of age.
Frank was born February 28, 1923 in Spokane to John M. and Olga Edith Schneider. He grew up in Chattaroy, WA, graduating from Riverside High School. Then went to telegrapher school and began working for the Union Pacific Railroad which continued for 45 years. Frank and Lydda E. “Peggy” Fetcho were married on April 26, 1943 in Deer Park, WA.
Frank enlisted in wartime with the Navy in 1944, serving as an Aviation Radioman / Gunner. Following WWII, he and his young family relocated first to Elk, WA. then they began a railroad assignment in Ayer, WA. Later as Station Agent, he managed Riparia, WA; Athena, OR; then finally Moscow in 1966. Frank was the Agent for Moscow, Pullman and Colfax, retiring in 1986.
Frank and Peggy were both active parishioners of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Moscow, serving as sacristans and Eucharistic ministers. Frank was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was an avid and bountiful provider by way of his 73 year passion for gardening. For 23 years, he sponsored his extended family in the annual Spokane, WA. Bloom’s Day Run.
Frank is survived by his wife of 75 years, Peggy, at their Moscow home, his daughters, Sharon (Patrick) Louthian of Chattaroy, WA, Joan James of Elk, WA, Pam (Ted) Bradbury of Portland, OR and his son, Frank, Jr. (Sandie) Schneider of Leesburg, VA. He also leaves 13 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren and 9 great-great grandchildren. His surviving siblings are his sisters, Claire Osborne of Spokane and Helen Moberly of Vancouver, WA and brothers, Robert of Suffolk, VA and John of Chattaroy, WA. He was preceded in death by his sister, Eleanor Shepler and a brother, Donald.
Frank was a trustworthy friend and an everyday joy to encounter in the public square. He is lovingly respected and mourned by the relatives and his large progeny. They also are rooted by his tender care and firm guidance. But, as he would say, “That’s a color of a different horse.”
The rosary will be recited at 12:30 P.M. Wednesday, May 30th at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Moscow with the Funeral Mass following at 1:00 PM. A luncheon will follow in St. Mary’s Family Center.
The graveside service will be at 11:00 A.M. Friday, June 1st Holy Redeemer Cemetery in Deer Park, WA.
The family suggests memorials be made to St. Mary’s School Foundation, PO Box 8485, Moscow, ID 83843 or to the Moscow Volunteer Ambulance Fund.