James Schneller
1956 - 2021
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James Schneller
January 11, 1956 - April 16, 2021
Puyallup, Washington - Lt Col (USAF retired) James L. Schneller died peacefully at home on 16 April after a two year battle with brain cancer. Jim is survived by his wife of 41 years Karen, son Ben (Kim), daughters Katie (Matt) and Ruth (Cliff), and grandchildren Kendall, Ryan, Luke, Eva, Andrew, Henry, and Grace. Jim will be interred at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri. He joins our Lord and leaves behind a vibrant legacy of selfless service, generosity, kindness, and love. Please see the full obituary at www.hillfhpuyallup.com


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Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on Apr. 21, 2021.
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May 10, 2021
Dear Karen and family, I was a high school friend and teammate of Jim’s. Sadly, we have not seen each other in years, since one of the HS reunions. Time seems to have slipped away since we were all back at CBC. I know I speak for all the Cadet brothers when I tell you what a good friend and leader Jim was in school. Never cocky, but Jim had a quiet confidence that carried over to everything he did and he always led by example. He was my quarterback in HS, but switched to defensive safety to help the team his senior year. He broke his arm against DeSmet — but cut the cast off just before the SLUH game in hopes of holding for an extra point! Seriously- they don’t make em like Jim anymore. CBC was not an easy school in the early 70’s, which is why I think we all banded together closely/grew up together. I am completely devastated with the news of his passing and just want you to know how much he meant to all of us in the class of ‘74.
John Robinson
Friend
May 10, 2021
James was an honor to CBC High School and our country.
Stephen Jennemann
Classmate
April 28, 2021
I had he pleasure of being a co-captain with Jim on our high school football team at CBC and played basketball together all four years as well. We had so much fun together, Jim knew how to do that, but was all business when it came to getting things done. In my prayers forever #14, you'll be missed, rest in peace my brother!
Desi Williamson
Classmate
April 28, 2021
Jim and I were co-captains of the football team in high school at CBC and played basketball together for four years as well. I will always remember him as a smart guy with a great sense of humor. We had fun, but always took care of business when it came time to do so. He has always been in my thoughts over the years and will forever be in my prayers. Good old #14, rest in peace my cadet brother!
Desi Williamson
Classmate
April 27, 2021
Karen/kids I am so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I know he was a wonderful husband and father. He was also a genuine friend and and class mate at CBC. Can you tell me when the internment at Jefferson Barracks is going to be and is it open to friends. I am in Orlando Fl but if possible would like to attend. God Bless you and family!

Pat Dolan
Classmate
April 22, 2021
Prayers for the family, it was a pleasure working with Jim at McChord C17 Sim. He would often comment with something from star wars to loose the mood. He is and will be missed.
Ron Pierce
Coworker
April 20, 2021
Jim was a great commander, coworker, and mentor. A loss for us all. Here’s a toast...
LtCol John Hall (retired)
Served In Military Together
April 20, 2021
A great loss to all. He was a very personable leader, always approachable and positive. It was an honor to fly and serve with him.
Danny Rose
Served In Military Together
April 20, 2021
Lt Col Schneller was one of my first commanders when I started flying. It was an honor to serve with him. God Speed Sir!
Dewey Green
Served In Military Together
April 20, 2021
LtCol Schneller was a good and decent. I enjoyed working with him. I pray God will give his family peace and solace at this difficult time.
Stephen Spotts
Coworker
April 20, 2021
Dear Karen and family,

I am so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I have very fond memories of serving with him at McChord in our C-141 days. I loved his down to earth attitude and his practical, no non-sense approach to life. He was never afraid to say what he thought and it was always a word of wisdom that those around him needed to hear. He was one of the finest officers I ever served with. I will be praying for you all...Hank Mauer
Hank Mauer
Friend
April 20, 2021
Truly sad news. Great man that I had the honor of serving with. He will be missed.
Rick Tallman
Served In Military Together
April 20, 2021
A great commander, officer, and pilot. Here’s a toast....
- Lt Col Jon Olekszyk (USAF, Retired)
Lt Col Jon Olekszyk
Served In Military Together
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