Herbert J. Schneider, 83, of Crystal River, Fla., and Minocqua, Wis., died Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at his summer home in Minocqua. Herb was born Oct. 10, 1929, to Herbert B. & Rose Schneider in Adams, Wis. He graduated from Adams-Friendship High School in 1947. Herb was inducted into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 12, 2001. Herb was a three-sport athlete. He received honors in football, basketball and track. As the starting center, Schneider was named to the All-Conference first team in 1947.
After graduation he spent two years in the Navy on the USS Coral Sea, but was called home to take care of his two orphaned brothers.
Herb married Betty Mann in Arkdale, Wis., in 1951. They had two daughters, Pamalla and Cindy, and later two grandchildren, Herbie and Rose. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.
Herb was always interested in law enforcement and loved nature. It was his dream in life to become a game warden. He was an Adams County game warden, a deputy sheriff and a member of the Wisconsin State Patrol before becoming a state warden in March 1958. He was soon assigned to Stevens Point and was known as C-165. He was transferred to Woodruff in April 1973 and worked there as a field warden until his retirement Oct. 1, 1983. He relished working in the field and chose to remain a field warden throughout his career despite chances for promotion. During his tenure at Stevens Point, Schneider became well-known to the staff at the University for his expertise and assistance in developing their conservation studies. He spent endless hours tutoring students. Many of these students were inspired by Schneider and did become state conservation wardens.
While at Stevens Point, Herb and William Bablitch, district attorney at the time, received a $1,500 reward for apprehending the slayers of elk at Jordan Park. They used the money to set up a scholarship fund for natural resource students. In February 1973, UW-SP College of Natural Resources named Schneider Outstanding Conservationist of the Year at its annual banquet.
While at Woodruff, Herb's persistent monitoring of water and shoreline alteration permits led to protection for these valuable resources. He started a new chapter of the Izaak Walton League to help protect the bountiful resources surrounding the Woodruff-Minocqua area. His efforts did and will make a difference to those who enjoy the outdoors.
After retirement, Herb & Betty spent the winters in Florida and summers in Minocqua. Herb enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He enjoyed reading, fishing, hunting and playing golf. While in Florida one winter in February, Herb had two holes-in-one in a two-week span.
Herb is survived by his wife, Betty; daughters, Pamalla R. Schneider of Stevens Point and Cindy A. Cyra (Greg) of Minocqua; grandchildren, Herbert J. Coulthurst of Madison and Rose Schneider of Stevens Point; brother, Robert Schneider of St. Petersburg.
Herb's wishes were to be cremated. A memorial service will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, with visitation at 10:45 a.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church, 8632 U.S. 51, Minocqua, WI 54548. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to Betty Schneider, 7420 Golfway Court, Minocqua, WI 54548. A scholarship will be established in Herb's name for law enforcement at the UW-SP College of Natural Resources, and a memorial in Herb's name at the Calvary Lutheran Church.
C-165 is 1042.
The Schneider family would like to thank the Hospice staff, and the Oncology and Cardiology departments of the Marshfield Clinic for their care and compassion during Herb's illness. Online condolences may be shared at www.nimsgernfuneral.com
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