William "Bill" Irvin Schindler passed away Monday, April 14, 2014.
He was born May 30, 1927, of Austrian and Danish/English parentage to Frederick William Schindler and Lena Augusta Jacobsen in Blackfoot.
Bill received the highest score given on a military placement test and left home for Naval Air Corps training in May 1945. World War II ended and Bill was discharged in 1947.
He served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1947 to 1949 in the Western Canadian Mission.
Bill graduated from Idaho State University with a degree in business administration in 1952 and later completed graduate work through the University of Idaho/INL.
His professional career began as a Scout executive for the Tendoy Council, Boy Scouts of America. In that capacity he introduced the Cub Scout program to many areas in the council, including Rexburg, in the 1950s and was camp director at Camp Nebeker, on the shores of Bear Lake. He oversaw development of Little Lemhi and was an active recruiter of Wood Badge participants. Fellow Scouters called him "Sagebrush," a nickname that always brought a smile to his face. Bill was transferred to Everett, Wash., in 1958.
Bill married Colleen Jenson of Bear Lake on Aug. 13, 1954, in the LDS Idaho Falls Temple. Five children blessed their union: Susan Colleen May (Ed) of Idaho, Annette Marie Green of Colorado, Brent William (Julie) of Michigan, Ronald Irvin (Helena) of Texas and Jay Jenson (Jeanne) of Alaska. They have 15 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
His church service included leadership responsibilities as Branch President in Port Angeles, Wash., and Bishop in Pocatello. He especially loved teaching in the Stanley, Idaho, Branch. For eight years, Bill and Colleen worked in the Idaho Falls Temple. Researching every Thursday in the Family History Center brought keen satisfaction to Bill. His meticulous research is now in Family Tree.
After retiring from the INL, where he worked as a subcontract administrator, Bill and Colleen spent many enjoyable months at the family property in the Stanley Basin. Bill was a true old-school outdoorsman, completely comfortable and self-reliant in the wilds. He was always willing to share his skills and love of the outdoors with his family and passed that legacy to them.
Bill's grandchildren and great-grandchildren brought much joy to him. He loved having his grandchildren come and place their little babies on his lap. He loved bringing a smile to their little faces with a game of peek-a-boo.
In 2008 Bill had a large tumor removed from his brain. That successful surgery gave him six more years to spend with his family. The last four were spent in Rexburg, in the home of his daughter. His devoted wife of nearly 60 years was his steady and patient therapist and caregiver. Bill cheerfully faced each new day and was increasingly loving, expressing gratitude to the very end, when he slipped peacefully away.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 19, at the Henry's Fork LDS Stake Center, 1508 W. 3000 North in Rexburg. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Saturday prior to services at the stake center. Interment will be in Rexburg Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.flammfh.com.