Morris W. Schnarr, 83, Jasper

Morris SchnarrMorris W. Schnarr, 83, of Jasper, died Friday (April 18) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born September 13, 1930, in Effingham, Illinois, to Virgil and Mamie (Patrick) Schnarr. He married Doris “Dot” Vonderheide April 19, 1952 in Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper.

Morris retired as a chief warrant officer W-3 from the United States Army, where he served for 20 years, including two tours of service in the Korean Conflict, and one in the Vietnam War. He worked for 20 years at the Naval Weapons Support Center in Crane, Indiana, and then retired. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, the Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Cluster Awards, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the National Defense Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Cluster Awards, and the Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, and two Battles. He was a lifetime member of VFW Post No. 673 and a past member of the Jasper Moose. He enjoyed watching NASCAR races, Indiana University basketball and several other sports  loved to read the newspapers, and watch the television show M.A.S.H.

He is survived by his wife, Doris “Dot” Schnarr; two daughters, Debbie Schitter and husband, Mike, Jasper, and Cherie DeKemper and husband Joe, Dubois; two sons, Glenn Schnarr and wife Judy, Celestine, and Gary Schnarr and wife Carla, Huntingburg, 11 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a great-grandson, Michael Dylan Schitter, one sister, Jewell Canary, and his infant twin brother, Marvin Schnarr.

Funeral services at 11 a.m. Thursday  at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper, with entombment following in the Fairview Cemetery mausoleum. VFW Post No. 673 will conduct military gravesite rites. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, the American Cancer Society, or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at


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