Robert Schnelker, 88, passed away after a short illness at Avow Hospice in Naples, Florida, on December 12, 2016. He was born in Galion, Ohio, to Paul and Marguerite Schnelker. Bob lived in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, most of his young life, graduating high school in 1946.
At Bowling Green University, Bob was an outstanding football player and after graduation in 1950 was drafted by the Cleveland Browns. His playing days, however, were interrupted when the Marine Corps also drafted him! After spending two years at Parris Island, South Carolina he returned to fulfill his contract in the National Football League.
During training camp with the Cleveland Browns, Bob was traded to the New York Giants. With the Giants, he played in three world championship games and two all-pro bowls, winning the championship game against the Chicago Bears in 1956. Vince Lombardi was the Giants offensive coordinator during that time.
Bob finished his Pro career in 1961 playing with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Beginning in 1963, Bob began a 30-year coaching career as Offensive Coordinator with the Los Angeles Rams, San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins, Kansas City Chiefs, Detroit Lions and then the Green Bay Packers under Vince Lombardi winning two super bowls. Bob ended his coaching career coaching for the Minnesota Vikings. Never once, as a player or a coach, did Bob miss a day being sick or injured!
Bob was an avid golfer at The Grey Oaks Country Club. He was the beloved commissioner of the "Blue Tee" group. His great and loyal friends at Grey Oaks will dearly miss him.
Predeceased by his parents, his brother Paul and sisters Jean and Irene.
Bob is survived by a brother Dave and sister in law Mary Alice.
Bob is also survived by his loving daughter Kristina, who was constantly by his side during his final days. Bob is also survived by his loving grandchildren Trisha, Carl and Brett of whom he was so proud.
Memorial services will be announced and held in Ohio at a later date.
Fuller Funeral Home 1625 Pine Ridge Road Naples, Fl. Is in charge of the arrangements
Published by Galion Inquirer from Dec. 14 to Dec. 28, 2016.