- July 14, 1941 - December 27, 2016
- Warren, Michigan
of Robert's Passing
- Memorial donations are welcomed to:
American Cancer Society
20450 Civic Center Drive
Southfield, MI 48076
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“Dear Lorraine, please accept my deepest sympathies on the passing of Bob. Please know that I understand your loss. May God watch over you as you...Read More »
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“Lorraine, I am so sorry. I am going to miss him sitting on the front porch. I am going to miss his "whats going on". But mostly i am going to miss a...Read More »
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“Lorraine, I'm so sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family.
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Robert Henry Schneider, age 75 of Warren, died Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at St. John Hospital in Detroit. He was born July 14, 1941 in Hamtramck, Michigan, son of the late Joseph and the late Bernice (nee; Wierzbiecka) Schneider.
With thanks and praise from a grateful nation, we pay homage to Robert for his service to our country amidst the Vietnam War era. Enlisting with the U.S. Air Force, Robert attained the rank of Airman 1st Class and served from January 1959 to January 1967 with a year and seven months of that time spent overseas. For choosing to support the war effort and joining with his brothers-in-arms, we acknowledge his patriotism and bravery and extend our posthumous gratitude therein.
Bob and Lorraine (the woman who would sweep Bob off his feet) grew up together and shared a friendly relationship until life would find them going their separate ways. After marriages for both and quite a few years apart, the fates would shine on these two once again as their coming together managed to rekindle the flames of love and lead them to the throngs of marriage, a ceremony held on December 31, 1991 in San Antonio, Texas. A year later would find the newlyweds relocating to their home state of Michigan where they set down stakes in the neighborhood of their youth.
When it came to Bob's work and employment, there's enough fodder there to fill a book. Known as one of those proverbial "Jack Of All Trades," there wasn't much that Bob didn't know how to do,…and it seemed like he always had his hands full doing something. Yet for as vast as his skill sets spanned, he did manage to lay focus to a couple lines of work,…one being his work as a truck mechanic, and the other as a Flag Car Driver for oversize equipment haulers. Ah,…but the more interesting and noteworthy work that Bob was involved in came in the form of his fun and entertaining side as "Smiley the Clown." He became quite proficient at donning the costume of color and heading out to make as many hearts brighter as he could. Most often it was the children in the room who were the benefactors of Bob's "clowning around" and bringing them laughter,…as well as many ballooned animals, too.
Bob eventually made the decision to retire, which set the wheels in motion (so to speak) for his dream purchase, a traveling camper. Being one who enjoyed the outdoors but was far beyond the charm of tent camping, Bob dreamt of the day that he would have the time to be free and just go when the urge beckoned,…and a camper was all part of the retirement picture. But not only did it help to satisfy his own yens, it also became an oft sought after enjoyment of his grandchildren, too. It grew to become one of Grandpa's favorite times with his little cherubs, and a venue of which helped to create some of the most precious memories they've known.
Aside from all the work that Bob was noted for, there was also a bit of a hobby he enjoyed as an amateur photographer. Possessing an eye that could capture some wonderful sights through the lens of a camera, it's an art form that got its legs during his time in the Air Force and just followed Bob throughout his life.
Bob will always be remembered for his broad and wonderful sense of humor, and his vast desire of helping to teach the little ones that surrounded him. He shared something of a special nature, likewise, with his grandchildren. Each time they would seek to learn from Grandpa, he'd tell them that he would do it for the price of $.25 cents,…to which they'd reply, "just add it to my bill." It was theirs & Grandpa's "thing."
His Comfort Food? Oreo Cookies, baby! And maybe a chaser of a cold glass of milk.
There was also a "warm side" that poured from Bob's heart that was witnessed in his love of animals. Along with the compassion he held for our furry planet-mates, he made a home for a number of "rescue animals" as well,…which simply speaks volumes to the character of the man. From his Feline Family came his Orange Tabby, Junkyard George,…another Tabby named Ralphie,…and a Calico named Star. From the Canine Club came a Terrier Mix named Brandy, and his precious Beagle named Samantha. He gave them a home fit for a King,…and a special care and love that just naturally comes from one who adores animals.
A loving husband, father and grandfather, Bob leaves a legacy of love to be embraced with each reflection shared. He touched a multitude of hearts and lives along the way and impacted many with his infectious humor and loving nature. May his memory live on as one to be cherished and treasured by those who were blessed to know this great man. He will be missed immensely and loved eternally.
Robert was the beloved husband of Lorraine. Dearest father of Rebecca (Dan) Bloomquist, Robert II (Belinda) Schneider, Renee (Michael) Grabowski and Jennifer Drew. Loving grandfather of Devon (Brooklyn) Drew, Tyler Grabowski, Jordan Grabowski, Raa'lyn Burkett, and great-grandfather of Bryson Drew. Brother of Lorne (Diane) Childers, and the late David Schneider.
Visitation for Robert will be held Monday, January 2nd from 3-9 pm, with a 7:00 pm Funeral Service, at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Rd) in Warren. Officiating the service will be Pastor Walter Keller. Inurnment, with Military Honors, will take place at a future date, (yet to be determined), at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan.
Memorial donations are welcomed to the American Cancer Society, 20450 Civic Center Drive, Southfield, MI 48076
Please share memories of Robert at his memory book above.