Terry Dean Schneider, 65


Terry Dean Schneider, a longtime resident of Cedarburg, spent the last days of his life surrounded by the loving care of his family before dying peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer at the Horizon Lawlis Family Hospice, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013.

Terry was a loving husband to his wife, Susan; and a devoted father to his sons, Karl, Mark and Bart. He was also forever loyal to his brother, Gary.

He loved his home on Cedar Creek and was warm and welcoming to everyone who visited. The relationships he shared with his family and friends were always the most important to Terry, especially to his childhood friend Wayne, college buddies and his card-playing friends who traveled to Las Vegas with him. Terry was born Nov. 18, 1947, in Lake Villa, Ill., and graduated from Antioch High School in Illinois in 1965. He attended college and played football at Monmouth College in Illinois where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration in 1969. He later earned his Master of Business Administration degree from Marquette University.

While at Monmouth, he was named all conference in football his junior and senior years, and all state his senior year. His success led to a tryout with the Washington Redskins and legendary coach Vince Lombardi. He was later inducted to the Monmouth College Football Hall of Fame in 1995, where he rewrote the school’s record book during his four-year career. Three of his personal bests were still school records at the time of his Hall of Fame induction: most receptions for a season (51), most receptions for a game (12) and most receiving yards for a season (719).

He and his wife, Susan, were married on Nov. 29, 1969. He entered the U.S. Army in September 1969 and honorably served as a Reservist, completing his 6year assignment in 1975 as a drill instructor.

After college, Terry enjoyed a successful career in manufacturing for Outboard Marine Corp., which included managing both the Johnson Motors Plant in Waukegan, Ill., and the Evinrude Motor Plant In Milwaukee.

He retired from OMC in 2000 and transitioned to Bombardier Recreation Products as the director of manufacturing for the Sturtevant facility, and worked as a project engineer and materials and logistics manager for BRP in China from 2007 to 2009. He then worked as a consultant for BRP in Mexico during 2010 and 2011, and in Minneapolis in 2012, where he continued to focus on assembly in metal manufacturing and aluminum die-casting. He was diagnosed with stage IV metastatic melanoma in July of 2012, and through it all, has been the master of his craft, determined with willpower and courage, to beat the odds. He was the man his family and friends knew him to be.

Throughout his illness, he and his wife, Susan, had many wonderful and meaningful personal moments with family and friends. Their travels took them from Spokane, Wash.; to Las Vegas; San Diego; Mesa, Ariz.; and to lake homes in Shawano and Waupaca, visiting with their closest friends, and casinos, wherever he could find them.

Terry loved to play cards to the end, but spent countless summers on the softball diamond and winters playing volleyball. Terry loved to hunt and fish in Wisconsin and Canada, spending many memorable vacations when his family was younger.

During Terry's illness, the family has “tried to make every day count. After all, today is all we have, and tomorrow is promised to no one. It’s all about today.”

“Your friendships have been a testament to what life is all about, love and concern, and the family appreciates each and every one of you.”

Terry was preceded in death by his mother, Bette. He is survived by his brotherin- law, J. Bart Rayniak; his nephews, Ryan and Corbin; and niece, Kristen.

Funeral services will Saturday, Nov. 23, at noon at the Eernisse Funeral Home, 1167 Washington Ave., Cedarburg. A time of gathering will take place starting at 10 a.m..

In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to: Froedtert Hospital Foundation for the purpose of Melanoma/Skin Cancer Research, 9200 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI, 53226; Monmouth College Athletic Fund, 700 E. Broadway, Monmouth, IL, 61412; and Horizon Lawlis Family Hospice, 13111 N. Port Washington Road, Mequon, WI, 53097.

The family wishes to thank all the nurses, medical staff and health care professionals at both Froedtert Hospital, Horizon Lawlis Family Hospice and Horizon Home Health Care.

The Eernisse Funeral Home, Cedarburg, is honored to serve the family. Online condolences and directions are available at www.eernissefuneralhome.com.