Nathan “Nate” Schnellenberger, 68, Jasper

Nathan “Nate” Schnellenberger, 68, of Jasper, died Saturday, May 15, at the in-patient hospice unit of Norton Hospital in Louisville. He was born February 25, 1951, and grew up in St. Henry.

Nate was a 1969 graduate of Holland High School and a graduate of Oakland City College. He earned his master’s degree from Indiana University. He taught science, physical education, and drivers’ education at Forest Park Junior/Senior High School in Ferdinand. He coached varsity and junior varsity boys’ basketball and eighth grade girls’ basketball at Forest Park. He also taught at Orleans Junior-Senior High School where he coached freshman boys’ basketball and cross-country. He began working for the ISTA (Indiana State Teachers Association) in 1987 while still teaching at Forest Park. He left the classroom in 2007 when he was elected the association’s president. He served in that capacity for two three-year terms. His other work with ISTA included 2016-2019 Board of Directors as retired representative, 2013-2016 chair of the Governance Committee, 2005-2007 representative on the NEA Board of Directors, 1999-2005 Treasurer, 1994-1999 Board of Directors, and his first appointment in 1987 to the Governance Committee on the leadership subcommittee. One week ago, ISTA leadership renamed its Pacesetter Award the Nathan J. Schnellenberger Pacesetter Award.

An avid runner, Nate participated in marathons including those in Chicago and Boston and many local events. He loved to work out, swim, bike, and walk. He was a fan of the Atlanta Braves, Indianapolis Colts, and University of Louisville women’s basketball. He loved to travel, especially to the Dominican Republic, and to spend time with his family on St. George Island in Florida.

He is survived by his wife of almost 44 years, Beth Schnellenberg; one daughter, Emily Reed and husband Scott, Otwell; one son, Ryan Schnellenberger and wife Tara, Huntington, Arizona; eight grandchildren; one brother Allen Schnellenberger and wife Shari, Williamsville, Illinois; sister-in-law Alma “Jeanie” Schnellenberger, Clarksville; and nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert Schnellenberger and Margaret Schnellenberger (Arthur) Seidl; four brothers Jerry, Joe, Charles, and Othmar Schnellenberger; and four sisters Marilyn Dixon, Sharon Burke, Mildred Schats, and Marie VanWinkle.

Nate’s immediate family will gather this week to celebrate his life. There will be a public celebration of life at a later date. Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand is in charge of arrangements.

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