Gerald “Paddy” J. Schneider, 85, of Rib Lake, passed away on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at his home under the care of Hope Hospice.
A memorial service for Gerald will take place at 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, with Father Raj officiating. Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery. Visitation will take place at Good Shepherd Catholic Church on Saturday, January 16, 2021 from 10:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM
Gerald was born on December 17, 1935 to Michael and Rosa (Judd) Schneider in Rib Lake. He graduated from Rib Lake High School. He married Adrianne Schirmer on June 6, 1959; she survives. He farmed his entire life. He took over the family farm at 17 after his father passed away until retirement. He loved picking rocks in the fields. Gerald sold farm equipment, logged, owned a saw mill, and worked for Magnuson Mink Ranch. He also served on the Taylor County Board of Supervisors. His favorite place was the sugar bush, where he could collect and process maple syrup. He was a leader and driving force for neighborhood projects.
Gerald enjoyed fishing in Canada. He was a mighty deer hunter. In his spare time, he enjoyed dancing, playing cards, especially, cribbage and sheepshead. He was also a lifelong contributor to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. He was known for saying “I’m not just a pretty face; I know stuff too”.
Gerald is survived by his wife Adrianne; children, Jane Schneider of Westboro, Jacky (Tim) Peterson of Westboro, Tony (Karen) Schneider of Rib Lake, Linda (Tony) Kochan of Ogema, and Jeannie Logan of Weston; grandchildren, Alex, Jared, Carl, Nikki, Tyler, Derek, Kyle, Zach, Adam, Ashley, Cain, and Cody; 13 great-grandchildren. Gerald is further survived by other family and friends.
Gerald is preceded in death by his parents; son, Joseph, and 13 siblings.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Gerald’s name may be given to Good Shepherd Catholic Church.
Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family. For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com.