Donald Schneider

Donald Michael Schneider

Tuesday, September 29th, 1953 - Thursday, September 17th, 2020
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Donald Michael Schneider, 66, of Kalamazoo, Michigan, passed away from cancer Thursday, Sept.17, 2020 at Rose Arbor Hospice House. Donald was a loving brother, uncle and friend who will be dearly missed by all.

He was born on Sept. 29, 1953 in Detroit, MI to the late Rudolph & Eugenia (Chupka) Schneider. He was a luthier, carpenter and Licensed Contractor with his own business.
In his youth he apprenticed to his older brother Richard, building his own guitar. He enjoyed kayaking, camping and singing with his guitar around an open fire. He never outgrew an interest in science fiction and was an animal lover throughout his life, rescuing pets along the way.

He is survived by his sisters, Karen (Jack) Thompson of Presque Isle. MI and Theodora (Thomas) Cichoski of Elmira, MI; nieces Anne Marie, Kim, Leslie; nephews Michael, Terry, Verne, Donald and Darin; and several grandnieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Janice Allen and brother Richard Schneider.

A celebration of Donald's life will take place at a later date in Detroit. The family asks that memorials be given in his name to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan or an animal rescue shelter of your choice.
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karen chadwick

Posted at 12:19pm
Donnie was a waaaaaay smart guy, except for his love of cigarettes! He struggled all his adult life with sleep deprivation, and that took an immense toll on his quality of life. He survived in circumstances that few could have. He made the best of what he had, truly amazing strategies to get through. I once gave a small bit of Donnie's domestic arrangements, and a wise friend commented, "Well, he was a single guy. He didn't have a wife to nag him!" Rest in Peace, Donnie, hope you are up there on a cloud with Richard and Bob Fischer, laughing loud!

Joseph Lewis

Posted at 09:24am
I have so many memories of Don and our adventures together. One that stands out in my memory occurred in the mid seventies.
We decided to go to Michigan's upper peninsula to visit a mutual friend that we had, and left the Detroit area where we lived at around midnight.
Don and I took off in his VW bug with the plan of arriving at our destination in the morning.
He drove all night (he loved to drive), when we were many miles into the UP, and Dawn was breaking, he finally became to tired to drive any further.
He asked me to drive the last 20 the time I was about 19 and didn't have a driver's license.
I agreed to take over.
There wasn't any traffic, early morning, very clear weather. We switched seats and I took over.
My driving experience was very limited.
I pulled off the shoulder, got to second gear traveling at the intense speed of 20 mph, and hit an owl that had swooped low across the road.
BOOM! Into the windshield the poor owl crashed.
"Really" he uttered. " I let you take over and you didn't even make it 100 yards"?
No harm came to us or his car.. the owl however didn't fare as well as I looked in the mirror and saw it on the side of the road. Don was one of the best and closest friends I have had in my life.
I will miss him.
Joe Lewis.

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