John Morris Schneider was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, to parents Charles Louis Schneider and Ida Doris Schneider. John passed away on April 15th, 2021, at the age of 69 years old.
John was greatly influenced by his Catholic High School experience and graduated in 1970. He felt close to all of his Catholic High alums and teachers, and would return most years to support the school and his friends. John had several occupations, but spent the majority of his life as a driver and trainer for fuel transportation companies. He lived in Dallas, Houston and Sacramento, but spent the last 14 years living in the Dallas/Fort Worth area to be near his family.
John lived his life for others, which was evident through his active participation in volunteering. While living in Sacramento, John was involved in the Sacramento Area Special Olympics, beginning in the early 70's. He volunteered as a coach, board member, bus driver, and anything else that needed doing. He was active in the Lions Club during the 70's and 80's. John also volunteered with the City of Sacramento's Access Leisure programs as Recreation Leader for many years. He was a founder of the VIP ("Very Inspirational People") Games Program in 2001, which held annual games for those with disabilities. Even after his move to Texas, he returned each year to help with organizing and assisting with these games. After moving to Texas, John was ready to resume with his volunteering experiences. He volunteered at The Stewpot in downtown Dallas as a server for about 10 years and volunteered with teens and adults with disabilities through the ARC of North Texas. Owing to his welcoming personality, everyone felt immediately comfortable with John, wherever he went. His friendships with what he called "his kids" lasted many decades. When John moved to Texas, he decided to take up C & W dance lessons where he met many good friends who shared his interests. John's all-time favorite place in the whole world was Disneyland, which he visited numerous times. He kept the very first Mickey Mouse Club membership card in his wallet and was proud to show it to all. Later in life, he enjoyed taking Disney Cruises and visited Mexico, Australia and New Zealand. In trivia games conducted on Disney ships, John always won due to his knowledge of everything Disney, even correcting the game emcee a few times. His home was decorated with a Disneyland and Mickey Mouse theme which made him smile just walking through it.
John, who was lovingly named "Uncle Buck" by his nephews, loved to entertain and play jokes on family members and friends. He was outgoing, and playful, with a hearty laugh. Being the best storyteller in our family, he could entertain us for hours. When it was party time, he would pull out his whoopee whistle and blow. Anytime a request for help went out from family or friends, John was the first to respond, "what can I do to help." John especially loved his dogs, Doc and Lady. They were his best friends and companions for years.
John is preceded in death by his parents, Charles Schneider, Doris Carver, his sister-in-law, Sue Schneider, and his nephew, Brent Bourland.
John is survived by his three siblings, Debbie Schneider of Little Rock, AR, Chris Schneider of Lewisville, TX, and Carol Weaver of Colorado Springs, CO. John is also survived by his Aunt and Uncle, Dena and Jay Bock of New York, NY, and three cousins, Lynda Jungkind, Terry Heard and Harry Ehrenberg. His surviving nephews - along with their families - include Charles Raimbault, Jeff Schneider, Andy Schneider, and Joey Schneider. Jennifer Bourland is his only surviving niece.
Services for John will be determined at a later date.
In Lieu of Flowers, the family asks that you consider making a donation to: VIP, Very Inspirational People, P.O. Box 41251 Sacramento, CA 95841
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