Wayne “Jack” Schneider, 85, Jasper

Wayne-Jack-Schneider-262x300Wayne “Jack” Schneider, 85, of Jasper, died Sunday (January 22) in Carmel. He was born in Jasper December 24, 1931, to Arnold and Anita (Landgrebe) Schneider. He married Josephine Mead July 13, 1956, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Evansville. She died July 22, 2013.

Jack was a 1949 graduate of Jasper High School. As the sports editor of the school newspaper (The Comet) during his senior year he garnered statewide recognition as the only person to predict the Jasper Wildcat basketball team’s winning the 1949 state crown. After attending Indiana University, he began a nearly 20 year career in the newspaper business working primarily as a sportswriter for papers in Greenwood, Evansville, Louisville, and Scottsburg. While in Louisville he served as the Indiana sports editor for the Louisville Times and was the beat writer for Indiana University football and basketball. The highlight of his sports writing career was covering the 1967 IU football team’s playing in the 1968 Rose Bowl. In 1972 he returned to Jasper and became the director of public relations for the Jasper Corporation (later known as Kimball International). He retired in 1996 after 24 years with the company.

He was a member and past president of the Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association, the Jasper Chamber of Commerce, Jasper Band Parents, and the Jasper Kiwanis Club. He served as committee chairman for the club’s 50th anniversary celebration in 1986. He also handled publicity for the Dubois County unit of the American Heart Association and served as vice president of the unit’s board of directors.

He was an avid photographer shooting many areas and features of the Jasper and other communities. His favorite subject was St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in which he was an active member serving over the years as a Euchristic minister, a lector, a Stephen minister, editor of The Tower publication, and was a part of the Liturgy commission.

He and Josephine enjoyed traveling during their golden years, visiting many destinations around the United States and Europe. He was an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and a close follower of Indiana University football and basketball teams as well as Jasper High School athletics.

He is survived by six daughters, Jackie Schultheis and husband Jim, Fishers, Judy Kleiser and husband Terry, Plainfield, Jennifer Braun and husband Steve, Zionsville, Joyce Schneider, Indianapolis, Jane Thibodeau and husband Matt, Fishers, and Crystal Strong and husband Brad, Palatine, Illinois; and three sons, Charlie Schneider and wife Connie, Fishers, and Craig Schneider and wife Jami and Carey Schneider, all of Jasper; 22 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one sister, Phyllis Pauley, Indianapolis; and two brothers, Jerry Schneider and wife Jan, Holland, and Pat Schneider and wife Virlee, Indianapolis.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by one son, Christopher Schneider, one grandson, Ian Sean Schneider-Thomas, and one brother, Fred Schneider.

Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Thursday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. A rosary will be prayed at 2:45 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Church or t0 a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery.

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