William Harold Schnure

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    - Richard and Joan Smith
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    - Norm Hittinger
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    - Sincerely, Darlene
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    - Sincerely, Darlene

William Harold Schnure of Valparaiso died peacefully on December 13, 2013 in Valparaiso Hospice of kidney complications. He was born July 5, 1922 in Sparrows Point, Maryland and graduated from Sparrows Point High School. William earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania in 1944. At Bucknell, he was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity and played varsity sports in basketball, soccer, and track. He established the Bucknell record in 1944 for the 120 high hurdles which stood for 50 years. William enlisted in the Navy and graduated as Second Lieutenant from Midshipman School at Columbia University, New York City. He was deployed to the Pacific Basin as Second Lieutenant on an LST in World War II. He married his college sweetheart, Anne Kloss on June 15, 1946 and joined Bethlehem Steel in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. In 1950 as a Navy Reservist, he was called back to the Navy and served in the Korean War on an LST in the Pacific for two years. In 1964, the family moved to Valparaiso with Bethlehem Steel at the new Burns Harbor plant. He was promoted to Superintendent of the Slabbing Mill and retired in 1984. Since retirement, he remained active with First Presbyterian Church serving as Deacon, Meals On Wheels, Kiwanis, S.A.R., and other organizations. He loved bridge, golf, travel, family, and friends. He was known for his energy, generosity, sense of humor, wit, and wisdom. His best attributes were his positive attitude and zest for life. He was very proud of his service to his country in two wars in the U. S. Navy and was thrilled to travel from Valpo with other WWII vets to Washington D. C. on the Honor Flight in 2006. William and his wife, Anne, were married for 60 years. Survivors include: Arthur (Trisha), John (Vicki), William (Patti), and Carolyn Schnure Hill (Robb Hill). The six grandchildren are: Vanessa, Katherine, Erika, Will, Lauren, and Bryan. He was preceded in death by his wife, Anne; and his parents: Frederick Oscar Schnure and Dorothy Bunnell Schnure. The celebration of Bill’s life at First Presbyterian Church, 3401 N. Valparaiso St., Valparaiso is planned for Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. Private interment will be in Milton, Pennsylvania in 2014. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Valparaiso YMCA in memory of Bill and Anne Schnure. MoellerFuneralHome.com

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Moeller Funeral Home
104 Roosevelt Road Valparaiso, IN 46383
(219) 462-0535
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Published in The Times on Dec. 17, 2013
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