Schneider, taxpayers’ ‘best friend,’ dies
Longtime educator Edmund F. Schneider died yesterday (Tuesday), Nov. 13, 2007, at Harrison Health and Rehabilitation Center in Corydon. He was 83.
‘He was probably the best friend the taxpayers in the South Harrrison (Community) School Corp. ever had,’ said Joe Miller of Corydon, who first met Schneider while a student at Corydon when Schneider was hired as principal.
Schneider later hired Miller to teach at New Middletown Elementary School. Their relationship continued as Miller advanced to assistant principal then principal, both at Corydon Central High School, and then two years while Miller was the administrative assistant under Schneider.
‘He was my boss, but he was also my friend,’ Miller said yesterday evening. ‘He was tough but fair … He was a fun person, too.’
Harrison County Councilman Gordon Pendleton recalled playing basketball for Schneider then serving as a school trustee for 14 years while Schneider was at the helm of the school corporation.
‘He was a good coach,’ Pendleton said. ‘We probably won 17, 18 games every year.’
He added, ‘He was always upfront with everybody … He was one of my greatest friends.’
Schneider graduated from New Middletown High School in 1941 then served in the ‘Flying Tigers’ with the Army Air Corps during World War II. After the service, he earned a Bachelor of Science from Canterbury College in Danville and a master’s degree and an EDS degree, both from Indiana University.
He retired May 23, 1986, from the South Harrison Community School Corp. after serving 41-1/2 years in education as a teacher, coach, principal of Corydon Junior High School, principal of Corydon Central High School and 21 years as superintendent of the South Harrison Community schools.
He was a member of Corydon United Methodist Church, Corydon Rotary Club and Indiana Retired Teachers Association.
Schneider was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, the former Margaret Joy Booth, on March 31, 2001; his parents, Edmund G. Schneider and Elizabeth Schneider Webster; a sister, Virginia Schneider; and a grandson, Canaan Timberlake.
Survivors include three sons, Monty Schneider (Linda), Steve Schneider (Debbie) and Bill Schneider (Hope); a daughter, Cindi Schneider Zollman (Shawn); eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday after 9 a.m. at Gehlbach & Royse Funeral Home in Corydon.
The funeral will be Friday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home followed by burial in St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Cemetery near Lanesville. The Rev. Douglas Finney will officiate. Pallbearers will be Schneider’s grandchildren: Matthew Schneider, Jason Schneider, Chase Timberlake, Amy Schneider Shaffer, Casey Schneider Hanger, Cory Schneider, Jenna Schneider and Jacob Schneider.
The family suggests memorial gifts to The Canaan Timberlake Scholarship for Electrical Apprenticeship Training in care of Gehlbach & Royse Funeral Home.