May 7, 1929 ~ July 18, 2022

Born in: Chicago, Illinois
Resided in: Stone Mountain, Georgia

On Monday, July 18, 2022, Michael Charles Schneider passed away at the age of 93. Born in Chicago on May 7, 1929, he was the youngest of six children born to Michael George and Ursula Lenhart Schneider.

He was the 1948 senior class president of Calumet High School in Chicago. He was a wrestler and participated in the ROTC while in high school.  He went on to Cornell College where he played football.

After graduation from Cornell he went into the U.S. Navy achieving the rank of Lieutenant, J.G.  During the Korean War he served as a CIC officer on the USS Healy, a destroyer in the Pacific Fleet. While in the Navy, Mike met Martha Fritz on a double date and was smitten. They married on August 14,1954 –very shortly after his discharge from the navy.  Mike and Martha went on to have 2 children and 4 grandchildren. Mike and Martha’s firstborn Dawn Marie Schneider (Surya) married Djohn Surya (now deceased), and son, Michael Grady married Cheri McClendon (Schneider). They have four children: Charis Schneider Norell (married to Benjamin Norell), Jonathan Michael, Christopher Eann, Constance Grace (engaged to Bradley Couch).

Michael had a lifelong love of learning.  He got his master’s degree at the University of Illinois- Champaign and went on to get a PhD in Geology at Brigham Young University in Utah… located right in the middle of many of God’s geologic wonders!

He taught at De Pauw University in Greencastle, Indiana and for 30 years at Edinboro State University in Edinboro, Pennsylvania. One of his prize projects while at Edinboro university was the summer field geology program that he established to engage high school physical science teachers in the field and encourage continuing education in the field of geology. He and Martha formed many lifelong friends as they visited most of the geologic wonders in the National Parks of the US. Martha was not a camper, so motor home travel allowed her to travel with him as the unofficial social director after a hard day in the field. Even after retiring, Mike continued to give geology lectures and ‘show and tell’ classes to his grandkids school science classes, and many interested adult groups.

Michael also was a true adventurer at heart. He not only circled the globe while in the Navy, he visited the South pole and later, the North Pole on a Russian nuclear powered ice breaker ship. At the age of 73 Michael white water rafted through the Grand Canyon with his older sister and nieces and nephews. He even talked his wife into a motor home caravan to Mexico, that involved ferrying the motor home through the mountains on a rail car.  Most years Michael and Martha would travel via motor home, towing a boat as far away as Alaska and Canada.

His boat was another love. He took many family members: children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, siblings and friends on boat trips through the Apostle Islands on Lake Superior, Manatoulin Island, Canada, Isle Royal in Duluth, MN. He explored the Alaskan inland waterways for a whole summer, with a niece, his pastor and by himself. He was a member of the Atlanta Power Squadron Boating club. The squadron took numerous boating trips along the Tennessee waterways and the Florida intercoastal waterway.  A special friendship occurred with two other squadron members on these trips, and the trio was nicknamed ‘the three amigos’ by the squadron.  Together these three made many memories together on Mike’s boat.

Michael was generous and gave to many causes in his later years that in the decades to come, will change and better the world. He encouraged learning in many individuals and established a scholarship for geology field study at Edinboro University.

Michael was deeply dedicated to his church in Edinboro and now to Mountain Park UMC where he and Martha participated in Choir and Sunday School. He was known for his integrity, generosity, adventuresome spirit, patriotism, and love of God. Join us as we celebrate his life!

We hope you feel free to share your stories on this obituary page. Remember to “stay healthy” and live “one day at a time”.

“What does the Lord require of you, O Man,

but to do justly, love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

Micah 6:8

This was Michael Charles Schneider.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mountain Park United Methodist Church, 1405 Rockbridge Rd, Stone Mountain, GA 30087

Services

Visitation: August 14, 2022 4:00 pm - August 14, 2022 5:00 pm

Mountain Park United Methodist Church
1405 Rockbridge Road SW
Stone Mountain, GA


Funeral Service: August 14, 2022 5:00 pm - August 14, 2022 6:00 pm

Mountain Park United Methodist Church
1405 Rockbridge Road SW
Stone Mountain, GA


Interment: August 25, 2022 12:30 pm - August 25, 2022 1:00 pm

Georgia National Cemetery
1080 Scott Hudgens Dr.
Canton, GA 30114

770-479-9300

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  1. “Mr Mike” and I became friends in the last three years. Despite a debilitating illness, he was determined to take a walk almost every day over to the Summit tennis viewing stands where he would take his rest. He would smile and wave and I would often sit with him for some sharp-as-a-tack conversation. A sunny soul who was always happy to see you, I had learned recently that he had been moved to an assisted living facility from his home on Silverhill Road. A few months back, I was driving by and saw him take a spill. I stopped the car and ran over to help and asked if I should call his son and daughter-in-law. Mike said absolutely not, just give him a few minutes to compose himself and then he asked if I would help him up. He was fine, just some mud on the knees of his chinos. I’m sure not calling was because he wanted to stay in his home as long as he possibly could— so we shared what happened that afternoon as a secret. I had intended to contact his children to find out where he was currently living so I could visit. I wish I had

  2. CandleImageMike was one of the most intelligent, interesting, and generous men I’ve had the fortune to know. We met when he and Martha joined the Atlanta Sail & Power Squadron in 2005. We enjoyed his company on many ICW and Tennessee River trips over the years and he shared some fascinating stories with all of us by way of presentations at our monthly meetings. I especially enjoyed his presentation on Lake Powell and the geology there, and his solo journey through Alaska. He was in amazing physical shape for a man of his years and several of us would go on walks/hikes on our trips with him while others stayed on their boats. One particular memory of how agile and strong he was, was during a trip where one of our members, who had a prosthetic leg and outweighed Mike considerably, lost his balance while exiting off the swim platform of a boat and was about to go into the water, and Mike’s reflexes were amazing! His arm shot out and grabbed him and kept him from falling in. What amazing strength and instinct he showed. He was also incredibly generous. One year when I was hiking and raising funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, he was my top sponsor with a donation that exceeded all expectations. I was glad I was able to visit him one last time in April when he was in Salude for rehab. It was so great that he still exhibited his dry but super witty sense of humor. He was a great man who will be sorely missed and always remembered.

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