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,
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
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
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.
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