Richard G. Schneider

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Richard Gordon Schneider, age 82, died April 23, 2017. Richard, a former resident of Ellicott City, passed away at Fairhaven Assisted Living due to complications from a heart attack. He and his wife Betty, who died in January 2015, had been residents of Fairhaven, in Sykesville, since 2010. Rich grew up in Normandy, Missouri and attended Normandy High School. Unsure what exactly he wanted to pursue, he joined the Army and was deployed to Germany. The Army sparked his love of engineering and travel. When he returned to the states, he attended University of Missouri at Rolla, and earned his Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering. He was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha. While in college he met his sweetheart, Betty. From their first blind date to picnic July 4,1958, she was the love of his life. After their wedding, they moved to Maryland, in 1960, and Rich began his career at Westinghouse Electric. Rich worked at Westinghouse Electric, for 34 years, where his coworkers knew him as Dick.He became a Project Manager at Westinghouse and his specialty was Radar Defense Systems. He worked with the Navy, to create defensive radar systems. His sensible personality, engineering skills and ability to negotiate, afforded him the opportunity to travel to allied countries to sell them security systems. Even though he was shy and stuttered as a child, he now found himself making major presentations to countries all over the globe, from South America, to the Middle East, to Asia and Europe. When he was not working, he loved to be outside in the sun. He loved landscaping, gardening and getting a tan. When he was home, you could usually find him outside, sweating and fine-tuning his yard. He loved watching the birds and always had at least one, if not more, bird feeders. He loved photography. He and Betty both loved to travel and took trips to more places than most people could in two lifetimes.They especially loved their 3-month stay in the Philippines and Malaysia, and trips to Tahiti, Europe and Hawaii.Rich and Betty, who he described less than a week ago as "the shining light of his life", worked hard to provide their three children with experiences that would help to shape their lives, through Little League, to swim team, horse ownership, ski trips and family vacations. Rich was all about experiencing life and trying new things, even if it took you out of your comfort zone. He was adventurous and brave. When the grandchildren came, he wanted them to take every opportunity life had to offer. When he found out that his grand daughters, Nancy and Kelsey, wanted to try skydiving, he said he'd always wanted to give it a try too. So at age 77, Rich took to the skies with his granddaughters in tow and had one of the best experiences of his life! He and Betty took Kayleigh and Nancy on a trip to Cancun. When Betty became too sick to travel he gave the cruise to Europe that they had planned, to Nancy and Amy. He helped them plan it and kept trying to add additional days to their itinerary because he didn't want them to miss a single thing. Rich, known as Pa or Grampy to his grandkids, was a fixture at every activity they participated in. He babysat often. He attended dance recitals, soccer, basketball, boy scouts, softball, plays, cheer competitions, graduations, he and Betty were there, cheering them on. He was a tech wiz and learned how to stay in touch through Facebook and texting. The kids absolutely loved getting a text, an emoji or note on their "wall" from Grampy. His funny, sarcastic sense of humor was not lost on them. He was the kind of Grandpa that would call you and let you know that one of your mutually favorite movies was on TV and stay on the line until you found the channel. Rich would be the first person to tell you if you were wrong but would also offer you ways to fix it without being condescending. He was still a negotiator and problem solver until the day he passed. He would tell you, "I'm not arguing, I'm discussing". He loved discussing! He always said, "Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, then do better". No one was a lost cause to him, just another opportunity for teaching. He was part of every committee he was allowed to be on at Fairhaven. It was so important to him to advocate for others who may not be able to advocate for themselves, especially after his wife had Alzheimer's. He was a fixture at their Community garden. His goal wasn't to make friends as much as it was to be helpful but he certainly made a lot of friends along his journey.Rich loved the beach and he and Betty joined their children and grandchildren, in Kitty Hawk, NC, every summer. He pushed them to take surfing lessons and to skim board. He was the distributor of the "magic seashells". Ask his grandkids and they'll all smile! He played Santa Claus for his grandchildren until he was afraid they'd recognize him. Then he turned to a friend to don his Santa suit and do the honors at their annual Santa party. Christmas was a magical, fairyland at Grampy's house. He loved eating crabs and oysters with David, Tim and Ray. He loved really spicy food, good Scotch by the fireplace and chocolate ice cream. He loved to go get Chinese food with Suzanne and his favorite dish was called "Happy Family". That should be no surprise to anyone who knew him. He loved his dogs Suzie Q and Rosie and he loved the Baltimore Ravens. Richard is the son of the late Samuel and Dorothy Schneider and brother of the late Samuel J. Schneider, Jr. He was the beloved husband of the late Elizabeth Schneider, cherished father to his children, Suzanne, David and Tim, son-in-law Ray, daughters-in-law Grace and Patty, and most adored, unforgettable grandfather to Nancy, Kayleigh, Amy, Matthew, Kelsey, Brian and Rachel. He was admired by his grandson-in-law, Nick and soon to be grandson-in-law, John. Friends may call on the family April 29, from 5:30-7:30, at Harry H. Witzke Funeral Home, 4112 Old Columbia Pike, Ellicott City. A funeral service will follow at 7:30. Entombment will be private. In lieu of flowers, tributes to Richard's memory can be made to St. Jude's (www.stjude.org) or (www.wish.org). "That man is a success -who has lived well, laughed often and loved much; who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of children;who has filled his niche and accomplished his task;who leaves the world better than he found it;who has never lacked appreciation of earth's beauty or failed to express it;who looked for the best in others and gave the best he had." -Unknown Author



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Harry H. Witzke's Family Funeral Home Inc.
4112 Old Columbia Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21043
410-465-2848
Published in Carroll County Times on Apr. 28, 2017
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