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James Lee 

Through the life of James Lee Schneider, we are reminded that each day is a new gift to spend with those we love. He was a beloved son, brother, and grandson, but life came full circle for James when he was blessed with the son he loved more than life itself. Life was not without times of great challenge for Jimbo, as he was known by his family, but he was filled with great resolve to get things moving in the right direction. Intelligent, inquisitive, and hardworking, he was a remarkable person even if his struggles overcame him at times. Life will never be the same without Jimbo here, but his family finds comfort in knowing that he has been welcomed into his eternal home.

The eighties were a lively decade when aerobics, the camcorder and Atari became part of our vocabulary. We watched movies like Top Gun, Karate Kid, Part II, and Back to the Future while the Huxtables, the Keatons, and the Conners changed the way we looked at the American family. Nestled within this colorful decade was the year 1986 that was filled with great joy for Francis Lee “Frank” and Kelly Jo (Viater) Schneider, Jr. as they welcomed a healthy baby boy into their hearts and home on October 18 at Milwaukee County Medical Complex in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. Little Jimbo was a delight to his parents right from the start, and his parents were filled with great anticipation for the future. His father was studying mechanical engineering at Milwaukee School of Engineering when Jimbo was born, and they lived near the campus in downtown Milwaukee.

For the most part Jimbo experienced a typical childhood. He was the oldest of four children in his family, raised alongside his brother, Christopher, and his sisters, Heather and Ashley. An ideal older brother, Jimbo was always looking out for his younger siblings as he would have no part of his siblings being messed around with. He was inquisitive and curious, always asking questions, and he also had the most fun-loving, giggly personality, and his smile would absolutely bring happiness to any situation.

Life was always a bustle of activity in the Schneider home. Jimbo was a fan of professional wrestling and loved wrestling with his father. He would stand on the back of the couch while declaring, “Top rope,” and jump off as though it were the top rope of the wrestling ring. The family moved several times while Jimbo was growing up, but they eventually settled in Germantown, Wisconsin.

Jimbo was a student at Amy Belle Elementary School as well as Kennedy Middle School. He continued his pursuit of wrestling through middle school, earning numerous medals and trophies. By the time he was a student at Germantown High School, Jim was no longer able to wrestle due to his asthma. He was a social butterfly whose ever-present smile was contagious to those around him. Jim was the life of the party wherever he went, yet steered clear of drama of any kind. He was also a loyal friend who highly valued his friendships. Jim was not afraid to stand up for what he believed in or to stick up for the underdog as he was all about being a peacemaker. Things came very easy to him, although he didn’t apply himself as fully to his studies as he could have.

Family was of the utmost importance to Jim, or Boo-Boo as his little cousins called him. He became very close to his Grandpa and Grandma Schneider as he spent a good amount of time with them. Jim also enjoyed hanging with his siblings. He liked kidding around with his family as he was known to tease his dad about being late, and having small muscles. His sister, Ashley, was also the recipient of his fun-loving teasing as he often quoted lines from movies. Jim made priceless memories with his entire family when they went to Casper, Wyoming, to hunt antelope when Jim was 14, and when he went deer hunting in Wisconsin with his Dad and brother.

New and exciting changes were in store for Jim when he became a father to Colton James Schneider, who is now almost four years old. Colton shares many of his father’s traits and mannerisms, and he made Jimmy so proud each and every day. The two were very close and could often be found reading books, watching movies, or gaming together. As Daddy, Jim loved being there to put Colton to bed. This past summer was a summer to remember for the entire family at the lake house on Lake Winnebago in Oshkosh, especially the night Jim got to spend together with all of his siblings during a meteor shower. They all smile and giggle when reminiscing about that night, while the rest of us just wonder what really happened. Jim diligently worked on teaching his son to swim while at the lake this past summer.

In his free time Jim enjoyed pursuing some of his interests. He liked playing cards, games like black jack and Texas hold ‘em. Jim also enjoyed various brain teasers. He loved playing video games, and was teaching Colton to play them as well. He enjoyed snowboarding tremendously, as evidenced by his email address, GHSSnowboarder85. It has been said that he made the best hot toasted sandwiches.

Throughout his journey Jim struggled to find his direction and didn’t always make good decisions. He got into some trouble and found himself locked up for several months. Jim emerged with a more focused attitude and a desire to get his life moving forward. He began working at the family business, FS Truck and Trailer Repair, and was becoming a lead man on second shift. Jim also enrolled in classes at UW Washington County in pursuit of an engineering degree, like his father. A drug addiction accompanied Jim for several years. During the times when he was not using he was such an extraordinary person with an amazing drive to succeed. Two weeks ago, James gave his life to Jesus, and he began attending Christian Life Church. After working all day this past Saturday with his father, and buying his father lunch, the last thing Jim said to his Dad was, “Dad, we’re going to Church tomorrow, right?”

With unending love for those who meant the most to him, James Lee Schneider made a significant impact on the hearts of those around him. He struggled at times, but he had a resilient spirit and a desire to be the best he could be. Jim’s devotion to his son was unmatched, and it was when surrounded by his family and friends that he found true happiness. He will be dearly missed while his memory is forever cherished.

James Lee Schneider died on October 14, 2013. Age 26 years. Jim’s family includes his son, Colton James Schneider; parents, Frank L. Schneider, Jr. and Kelly Schneider; siblings, Christopher, Heather, and Ashley; grandparents, Frank, Sr. and Carole Schneider and Joseph and DiAnn Viater; niece, Coralyn Grace; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives, and friends. Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 19 at Christian Life Church 2909 W Mequon Road Mequon, WI 53092 from 9:00 a.m. until time of the Funeral Service at 12:00 Noon. Arrangements provided by Suminski Family LifeStory Funeral Home, Niemann / Suminski 414-744-5156,

Past Comments

Mike Allen

Frank and Family,

Please accept my most heartfelt sympathy for your loss…my thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Lean on your friends and family for strength and I wish you courage to face the days ahead.

Stay Strong,

Mike Allen-First Tranist

Frank Schneider


Saturday, October 12th, Jim and I went to work to repair the trailer for our newly acquired boat. He met me at work at about 9:20 AM, and the two of us worked togther all day. It was just him and me for most of the day, and we talked and laughed together, as he helped me, and I taught him how to use the frame rack. We had a great day, and the weather seemed to cooperate perfectly. It was raining the entire time we worked inside, and it was clear every time we had to work outside.

At about 3:00, we headed downtown to pick up the boat, but first stopped at Arby’s for a quick lunch. We ordered our food, and I turned to the other counter to fill my cup. When I turned back, expecting to pay for our meal, as I always do, Jim was paying the bill. I told him I was going to buy him luch, but looked at me, smiled, and said, “It’s ok Dad, I’m buying you luch today”. That was only the second time I ever remember him buying me lunch. It will forever be the best lunch of my life!

After picking up the boat, I took advantage of our time together in the truck to give my fatherly advice. I told him what a good day it had been, and that I loved him. As I was dropping him off at his car, he stood outside my truck, holding the door open, and said, “We’re going to church tomorrow, right Dad?”

I pray every day Jimmy that the Lord gives you a big hug, and a kiss on the forehead for me. I ask him to tell you that I love you, I miss you, and I am so proud of you! I am so sorry for not taking the time to tell you how proud of you I am, but please know that I truly am proud of you. I love you so much, and try to find peace knowing that you are in heaven, looking down on us with your incredible smile.

Love forever, Dad

Frank Schneider

Summer of 1995

I remember one particular day during the summer of 1995. I was in the early stages of building our new house in Germantown. After getting everything going at my office each day, I would head to the property to work on the house. Jim would often come with me to play, as he was 9 years old at the time, and enjoyed hanging out with Dad, and playing at the new property.

I was preparing to pour the footings and foundations this particular day. As I was getting ready, Jim was helping and playing, as any 9 year old boy would do. When the first concrete truck pulled up, I realized that my work truck, a stick shift Chevy S-10, was parked blocking the driveway. I asked Jim to move the truck for me. Even though only 9 years old, Jimmy was able to drive or operate almost anything—cars, trucks, forklifts, skidloaders, etc. He had an amazing ability to master anything mechanical.

Anyway, I went on with directing the concrete truck, and pouring the concrete in the basement. It must have been a few hours later when I stopped to take a quick break, that I realized I hadn’t seen Jim since hours earlier, when I asked him to move the pickup truck. My heart rate jumped instantaneously as I crawled out of the basement to look for Jim. I was yelling his name and scanning the area frantically for him. To my surprise, there he was, still in the S-10 pickup truck, driving around in circles in the back of the field. He had been driving around the field, having a blast, the whole time!

I am so proud of Jim! I always told the kids, “you can do anything you want, as long as you put your mind to it!” No matter what task it was that was given to Jim, he would find a way to accomplish it and get it done. He was incredibly intelligent, and able to do almost anything, even if he had never done it or seen it before.

Dear Jimmy, when Colton asks me why his Daddy died, I tell him, “Jesus needed Daddy’s help in Heaven. Remember how good Daddy was at fixing things?”

I love you and miss you dearly, my son!


Granny Schneider

My Jimbo,

Honey, there isn’t an hour of any day that I don’t think of you. I see your smile and handsome face everywhere I look. I love you so much and will always love you. The emptiness I feel will never be filled. Your mom and dad are suffering terribly. I don’t know what to say or do to ease their pain. If I could turn back the clock to before that awful day, I would do and say things so differntly. But I can’t to that so the pain is there. I worry so about your mom and dad and sisters and brother. It’s easy to give them advise, but as badly as I’m hurting I can’t begin to imagine their grief. I love them so much. I can’t begin to explain the pain I feel seeing them suffer. I pray I never have to feel what they’re feeling. If I could trade places with you, I would do it in a second. The only thing thing that keeps me going is knowing that I will be able to see you again and hug you again. I tell your mom and dad they have to focus on what they have, not on what they have lost. They agree but it is so hard. I know our family won’t survive another tradedy. Honey, I know you didn’t want this to happen. If you could have only known the pain this caused, I know you wouldn’t have let it happen. My precious Jim, I love you so much.

Chris Multerer

Dear Frank and Kelly,

I’m sorry for the loss of your son Jim.

I can’t imagine what you are going through.

I want to express my condolences to you and your family.

Chris Multerer

Curt & Beth

We can’t put into words how sorry we are for the loss of your son. Prayers going up for you and your family!

One Comment

  1. colton james schneider May 19, 2021 at 11:59 am - Reply

    i am now 11

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