Ralph Andrew Schneider
Ralph was born August 4th 1931 at Neepawa hospital to Andrew and Margaret (McCullough) Schneider. He is predeceased by his siblings Mary Elizabeth (6 years of age) and Baby boy George (3 days of age) due to diphtheria and in later years his sister Mary and brother in-law Tom Acutt. He leaves to mourn his wife of 59 years Dorothy “Mildred” [Hammersley] Schneider, his children Louise (John) Boschman and Gordon (Diane) Schneider, his grandchildren: Matthew (Brittany), Randal, Tamara (Chad Bell), Andrew (Katelyn Panchuk), Amy, Eric (Kayla Sampson), his great grandchildren: Sophia, Jayden and Noah Boschman and many extended family and friends.
Ralph grew up on the farm site with his family including his niece Margaret [Sutherland] Gray south of Edrans. He attended Edrans School completing grade 11. He was a member of the garden club which was later known as 4-H and helped teach Sunday school during the summer months. He was also treasurer of the North Norfolk Film council and showed the films purchased from the film board until the introduction of television to the area and remained active in community events throughout the years.
Ralph farmed with his parents and in 1955 he decided to increase the farm area, while working with the breaking plow a root came up and broke his leg. This event directed him to take the Agricultural Course in Brandon. While attending, he was awarded the Pool Elevators Scholarship based on character, scholastic ability and leadership. With a healed leg he returned to the farm easing the burden for his family.
On July 30th 1960 Ralph married the love of his life Mildred Hammersley of Birnie MB, whom he had met while she worked at the Edrans store. They then built their house using lumber from the Edrans train station. Together they raised a family and ran a mixed farm including a dairy barn until years later when health issues forced him to end farming. At this time he started working for Cooks Auto body where he drove vehicles all over the province, even as far as Leaf Rapids. With this change they were now able to start travelling for pleasure. They took many trips including: Vancouver; including the Island, Churchill, Yellowstone Park in Montana, East to the Maritimes and they also made it down to California to visit Mildred’s sisters. In addition to this they also spent many summers camping at Rivers Lake, making more friends, memories and not to mention the fish tales.
Ralph was then diagnosed with cancer. Treatments and doctors appointments became the new way of life. Soon after he and Mildred decided it was time to move into the town of Carberry even though his heart remained on the farm. He spent the last 5 months in Carberry Hospital being cared for by the wonderful staff there. Ralph remained interested in the events of farming, his family, friends and all those who came to visit him. Throughout his life span he took his circumstances with a heart of gold and will be truly missed by all.
In memory of Ralph, all donations can be made to Carberry Hospital if desired.
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Carberry Health Centre
Box 2000, Carberry MB R0K 0H0