FORT WORTH, Texas — Tom Christian Schnell of Fort Worth, Texas much loved husband, father, and grandfather (Opa), took Jesus' hand April 2, 2014. He was 79 years old.
Memorial service: 11 a.m. Monday April 7, 2014 at Lighthouse Fellowship. Visitation: Sunday, April 6th 4-6p.m. at Lighthouse Fellowship. Inurnment: 3:15 p.m at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, Lane B.
Mr. Schnell was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio on March 12, 1935 to Bob and Deloris Schnell. After graduating from Ohio State University, he joined the Air Force and served for twenty years, achieving the rank of Lt. Col. After retirement he worked for ten years with General Dynamics/Lockheed Martin.
He was married to his devoted wife, Joy Lynn, for 55 years, and they raised one son Thomas Robert and three daughters Kimberly, Cheri and Jeanette.
Family and friends were inspired by Mr. Schnell's calm, unflappable demeanor, strong work ethic, love for his country, and sly sense of humor. He remained a strong supporter of the Ohio State Buckeyes. Go Bucks!
Survivors: His loving wife Joy Lynn, four children and their spouses, six grandchildren, a brother Ted and wife, nephew, niece and two grand nieces and two grand nephews.
Arrangements were by Biggers Funeral Home, 6100 Azle Ave., 817-237-3341.
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