Jack was born, Nov. 3, 1935, the son of Victor and Clara (Hansen) Schneider. Jack was raised in Alton and graduated from St. Mary's Academy in 1953. He then enlisted in the United States Army. Jack attended basic training in Fort Bliss, Texas. After basic, he spent 18 months serving with an Artillery Unit in Germany, were he achieved the rank of SP3. Jack served from Sept. 15, 1954 until Sept. 1, 1956.
He married Janette Reese Sept. 23, 1961, and lived in Sheldon prior to moving to Alton, where they raised their family. He drove truck for Foreman Trucking for four years. He then drove for AGP for 34 years and retired in 1995.
After retirement, he continued to drive truck for Aalbers, Ahlers and Plendl Brothers.
Jack loved Trucking! His description to us was "I felt the same excitement and joy as one experiences when learning to ride your bike for the first time, each and every time I climbed into a truck".
Jack was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Floyd Post 200 American Legion and Catholic Order of Foresters.
Jack enjoyed spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchild. He also enjoyed riding his motorcycle, hunting, fishing, traveling and playing cards.
Survivors include: his wife, Janette R. Schneider of Alton; son, Gaylen Schneider and his wife, Julie, of Alton; daughter, Dawn Mercier and her husband Dave of Gardner, Kan., daughter, Renae Hinrichsen and her husband, Patrick of Sioux City, son, Layne Schneider and his wife Monica, of Omaha, Neb.; 11 grandchildren, Ashley List and her husband, Michael ,of Sioux City, Heather Whitmore and her husband, Matt, of Omaha, Neb., Nathen Schneider and his special friend, Maggie, of Alton, Nic Schneider, of Alton, Steven, Taylor and Alec Mercier, of Gardner, Kan., Mitchell and his wife, Paige, of Ames, Shelby Hinrichsen and special friend, Mitch, of Ames, Airman First Class Bryce Hinrichsen, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, Vivian Schneider, of Omaha, Neb.; one great-grandchild, Rupert John Hinrichsen of Ames; four sisters, Betty Burgess of Oak Ridge, Tenn., Pat Nilles and her husband, Francis, of Remsen, Mariwyn McComb of Lafayette, Calif., and Sandy Erickson and her husband, Bob, of Eustis, Fla.
Preceded by: his parents, one brother-in-law, Bill Burgess.
Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alton, with the Rev. Paul Eisele officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Alton. Military honors will be conducted by Floyd Post 200 American Legion of Alton. Visitation will be anytime after 4 p.m. Thursday. There will be a parish rosary at 5 p.m. and a vigil prayer service at 7 p.m., all at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alton.
Casket bearers will be Jack's grandsons: Nathen and Nic Schneider, Steven and Alec Mercier, Mitchell and Bryce Hinrichsen.
Honorary bearers will be Ashley List, Heather Whitmore, Taylor Mercier, Shelby Hindrichsen and Vivian Schneider.
Services have been entrusted to the Fisch Funeral Home & Monument of Remsen.
Condolences may be sent online to www.fischfh.com.