Earl A. Schnieder

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Earl A. Schnieder, age 90, of rural New Hampton, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at Linn Haven Rehab and Health Care in New Hampton, Iowa. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, November 13, 2020 at Trinity Lutheran Church in New Hampton, Iowa with Pastor Dan Christensen and Pastor Kevin Frey. PLEASE JOIN THE FAMILY FRIDAY AT 10:30 A.M.VIA FACEBOOK LIVE ON THE CONWAY-MARKHAM FUNERAL HOMES FACEBOOK PAGE. Burial will be at New Hampton Cemetery in New Hampton. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 PM on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in New Hampton, Iowa and will continue at the church one hour prior to the funeral service on Friday. We ask anyone attending the visitation and/or funeral to be respectful of social distancing guidelines and mask requirements. Memorials may be directed to his family. Earl was born on June 27, 1930 in New Hampton, Iowa, the son of Albert and Leona (Kammeyer) Schnieder. He attended rural country school and graduated from New Hampton High School in 1947. While in school, Earl was active in his local 4H chapter. He was proud of his small herd of dairy cows that he raised, milked and marketed alongside his father’s cattle. Earl served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1953 to 1955. When he returned home, Earl moved back to the Schnieder family farm where he began his lofelong farming career. He again started out with a small herd. As he delivered the cream he sold to various locations he drove through Frederika. Each time he passed a house where he was met by a smiling young woman. She caught his eye and on June 26, 1960 he was united in marriage to Valera Bockhaus at St. Paul Lutheran Church, at Siegel. The couple made their home on the Schnieder family farm where they welcomed their son, Randy. Earl, along with his wife and son, farmed rowcrops and milked cows his entire life. In 2008, Earl and Valera were honored with being Fredericksburg’s Grand Dairymen during Dairy Days. He enjoyed playing a good game of cards and was known to count a hand or two. Earl is survived by his wife, Valera; one son, Randy (Cherie) Schnieder; two grandsons, Casey Schnieder and Cody Schnieder and one step grandson, Chris (Lisa) Hurd and their three sons; sister-in-law, VerJean King; and brother-in-law, Vern (Marilyn) Bockhaus. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, Michael King.

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  1. I am so sorry to hear of Earl’s passing. My deepest sympathy to the entire family. I remember that one of his tractors always caused my TV to interrupt the picture when he worked in the field across the road.

  2. Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss… Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  3. Earl was a great guy, always friendly, and dedicated to his family. Always had a warm feeling, driving by in the evening, and seeing the glow of lights in the barn. Our prayers go out to Earl and your family. Gary Griffin

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