Oliver J. Schneider

  • Born: January 31, 1926
  • Died: July 1, 2017
  • Location: Brimfield Township, Ohio

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Kent, OH 44240

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Oliver J. Schneider, 91, of Brimfield Township, died Saturday, July 1, 2017, at home in Brimfield Township.

He was born January 31, 1926 in Ravenna, OH to the late Frank and Margaret (nee Trepanier) Schneider. Graduate of Ravenna High School, Bachelor degree from Kent State University and Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Case Western Reserve University Law School.

He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War, and retired Lt. Commander from the U.S. Naval Reserve (Judge Advocate General). He served on a minesweeper during World War II in the Pacific theater, and on a destroyer-minesweeper with the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean Sea during the Korean War.

He was a practicing attorney in Ravenna for over 50 years. He served four years as a special Agent with the U.S. Naval Intelligence in Cleveland and the 4th Naval District in Philadelphia. He served three years as Prosecutor of the Ravenna Municipal Court. He was a partner in the law firm of Davis, McCelland & Schneider before going into practice for himself in 1974. He was licensed to practice law before all Ohio courts, U.S. District Court, U.S. Court of Military Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He was past president of the Portage County Bar Association. He served as Special Counsel for the Attorney General of Ohio for Kent State University for 13 years.

He was a past member of the Portage County Board of Education for 24 years, Ravenna City Board of Health for 12 years, and the Board of Trustees of Portage-Geauga Juvenile and Rehabilitation Center.

He was a life member of the Varsity "K" Club of Kent State University.

O.J. and his wife enjoyed traveling which included the Soviet Union, Australia, New Zealand, Morocco, Finland, Costa Rico, and the Dominican Republic.

He is survived by his wife, Joann C. (Pickens) Schneider, whom he married on August 6, 1949; son, O.J. "Jack" (Barb) Schneider Jr. of Kent; daughters, Ruth (David) Alger of Ravenna, Barbara Travis of Kent, and Susan (Jim) Underwood of Kent; Nine grandchildren; Nineteen great grandchildren; sister, Dorothy Haas. He was preceded in death by his father, Frank Schneider, mother, Margaret (nee Trepanier) Schneider, brother, Herbert F. Schneider, sister, Marie C. Adams, brother, Leo A. Schneider, and brother, Wilbur Schneider.

Calling hours will be held 5-7 PM Wednesday, July 5th at Bissler & Sons Funeral Home in Kent. Funeral services will be held 10:00 AM Thursday, July 6th at Immaculate Conception Church in Ravenna with Father William B. Kraynak officiating. Burial will be held at St. Mary's Cemetery.

Memorial donations can be made to the Military Aircraft Preservation Society (MAPS), 2260 International Parkway, North Canton, OH 44720.


Condolence & Memory Journal


Dear Aunt Joann and all the family,
We were very sad to hear that Uncle Ollie had passed on. He was an awesome Uncle to us, just as Aunt Joann has been our very favorite Aunt. For anyone who doesn't know she is sister to my late dad, Bruce Andrew Pickens. Over many years, they have both made the extra efforts to be a part of our lives and be close instead of distant relatives even though we live far apart, most of my family being in Alabama and other southern states. We have had so many enjoyable times- I was a toddler when they came to the lake with us, as I got older I traveled there to spend time with them and they always made me feel right at home. My favorite memories there are special trips including Sea World, a lake trip, shopping with permission to pick out something I liked, motorcycle rides, Aunt Joann's homemade blueberry muffins and Texas Sheet cake. Uncle Ollie was always active and fun during my visits. We looked forward to their visits each year on the way back from their Florida trips. Another favorite memory of Uncle Ollie is when I took him to the Barber Motorsports Park here in Leeds, Alabama. We visited the Motorcycle Museum which is quite impressive, housing hundreds of vintage motorcycles as well as a few vintage cars. Uncle Ollie was like a kid in a candy store! We managed to make it through the whole building and all along the way as we viewed the displays, he was an encyclopedia of knowledge and interesting stories. They had a vintage car there, I forget the type, but he said that when he was a kid working on the dairy farm, he had bought TWO of those cars by the time he was 16 years old. I was impressed. He really enjoyed the outing and said he would tell his friends back home that it would be worth the trip to go there. Uncle Ollie was always entertaining us with interesting conversations. Truly, Uncle Ollie was a most admirable and lovable man. We will always love him and keep him in our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Posted by Leslie Jean Pickens Holmes/Stewart - Trussville/Birmingham, AL - Family   July 06, 2017

A salute to Oliver Schneider, one of the "Greatest Generation"- whose members are now sadly dwindling. Uncle Ollie was known for his intelligence, ability to talk at length on any subject, his courage, and quick wit-he could turn a phrase with a double meaning.

So, Uncle Ollie -"The Lord bless and keep you; the Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace."
Numbers 6:24-26

Posted by William Schneider - Fort Worth, TX - Family   July 05, 2017

I'm very sorry to hear about Ollie's passing. I'm glad I had the opportunity to meet him, he was a wonderful person.
Please accept my deepest sympathies.

Posted by Larry Branham - Chapin, SC   July 03, 2017

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Your Father was an amazing man. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Becky McMurtry

Posted by Becky McMurtry - Columbia, MO - Friend   July 03, 2017


We were so sorry to hear of Uncle Ollie's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. We will miss his "Christmas calls" and we will miss him terribly. He was a wonderful uncle and a wonderful person. His passing leaves such a void in all of our lives.

Tom & Brenda

Posted by Tom Schneider - Murrells Inlet, SC - Family   July 03, 2017

My Uncle who taught me to go forward and work for what I wanted. I shall always be is his debit.


Posted by Richard Schneider - La Harpe, KS - Family Friend   July 02, 2017

Barb, Jack, Ruth, Susan,
We are all so very sad to learn of Uncle OJ's passing. I have told my mother and she sends her love along with ours. I have many happy memories of the times we spent together as kids in the '60's and talking to Uncle OJ on the phone. We will keep you all in our prayers, love, Chuck Schneider and family

Posted by Chuck Schneider - Long Beach, CA - Family Friend   July 02, 2017


My sincerest condolences to you and your family. Your Dad led an incredible and honorable life. I am keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May your Dad's soul rest in peace.

Posted by Lori Knapp - Kent, OH - Friend   July 02, 2017

Family Album

Picture of Wilbur, Ollie and Leo Schneider

Life Stories

An early recollection of my Uncle Ollie was at a parade for the dedication of a new bridge over "The Gorge" in West Akron, Ohio. The Big War had just ended. Ollie was in Navy Uniform and marched with his Unit. His column stopped momentarily in front of me, my brothers and sister and Mom and Dad. I yelled "There's Uncle Ollie", and started to run out into the column to join him.
My mother grabbed me quickly. After the parade, Ollie said he whispered to the sailor next to him "I have fans!"


Bill, That is a great story I never heard before. Thank you for your kind words. I met you many years ago when my Dad and I drove my son to TX to play hockey in North Richland Hills.