James C. Schneider


August 30, 1937 - August 16, 2013


     James C. Schneider was born on the farm in Alexandria, SD, August 30, 1937 to Cornelius J. and Marguerite (Kinney) Schneider. Jim grew up in Alex with his two brothers, Jack and Jerry and graduated from Alexandria High School in 1955. He enlisted and served in the U.S. Navy before returning to Alexandria.  He married Joyce E. Eichten in Ethan on February 5, 1959. They farmed during their early married years and later moved to Mitchell where he worked for J.F. Anderson Lumber Company.

     In 1965 the family moved to Huron where Jim managed J. F. Anderson Lumber. In 1967 they returned to Mitchell where they raised their family.  Jim worked and then managed the construction division at United Building Center (now Pro-Build) for 41 years, until his retirement in 2001. Jim, a meticulous carpenter and handyman, especially enjoyed working at the city golf course. He also worked as security at Dakota Fest, the State Fair, and the Sheriff’s Department.  He loved athletics and kept active volunteering, attending, and enjoying local sporting events. He volunteered his time for the city RSVP program and the Corn Palace Relays for many years, during which time he was named Honorary Referee. He also enjoyed his work on the grounds crew during the State Amateur Baseball Tournament. When he wasn’t working at the city golf course, he enjoyed golfing and spending time with his family and many friends.  Jim was quick to lend a helping hand to anyone in need and could be counted on for completing just about any task presented.

      Jim was an active member of Holy Family Catholic Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus for over 50 years.  He is survived by his wife, Joyce and his children: Kathleen (Steve)Willis and Debra (Bob) Everson of Mitchell, Jane Murphy of Alexandria, MN, and David (Sheila) Schneider of Brookings; grandchildren: Michael, Ryan (Lyndsie), Jimmy, Olivia, and Hannah Willis, Andrew, Matthew (Angela), and Adam Everson, Nicole (Matt) Raske, Mary, and Danny Murphy, Abby (Shawn) Hawks, and Tyler (Sara) Schneider; and great-grandchildren: Evan and Isaac Raske, Addysen and Emersyn Willis, and Parker Citrowski, his brothers: Jack (Bernie) of Minneapolis and Jerry (Mary) of Sioux Falls, and numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews.


Tuesday, August 20, 2013
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Holy Family Catholic Church
Prayer Service - 7:00 PM
222 North Kimball
Mitchell, South Dakota


Wednesday, August 21, 2013
10:30 AM
Holy Family Catholic Church
222 North Kimball
Mitchell, South Dakota


Servicemen's Memorial Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Alan RIckel on August 20, 2013
Joyce, Kathy, Deb, Jane and David. I am very sorry about Jim's passing . He was such a great neighbor to us and especially to my mom after dad passed away. I will always remember him driving us to Junior High School. All of you are in my prayers and thoughts. God Bless and comfort you and your families during this difficult time.
Posted by Craig Larson on August 20, 2013
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your husband, Joyce and a great father to Jane,David,Kathy,and Deb. He will be truly missed by the community in which he was so active in and by the family that he loved so much, and by so many friends. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. God Bless
Posted by Agnes & Stan Eichten on August 19, 2013
Dear Joyce; Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. With Love and Prayers. Agnes & Stan Eichten
Posted by Diane Schulz on August 19, 2013
There is no grief like grief that does not speak. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
May the peace that comes from memories and of loved shared comfort you now as you all gather together and in the days ahead. As a child if we were late for church Jim would usher all 8 of us to
a pew in front then shake Dad's hand give him a wink, and flash him a smile. I will light a candle in church in memory of Jim.
Posted by Kevin Thurman on August 18, 2013
I can't begin to describe all the positive and talented things about Jim and his love for His wonderful Family. I feel very fortunate to have known him and to have worked with him over the years. May the Good Lord find a way to give You comfort and ease Your loss. He will be missed.
Posted by Frank Wells on August 18, 2013
Deb, Bob and kids
Sorry for the loss of Jim. Keeping you my thoughts and prayers. God Bless.
Posted by Marlene Eichten on August 18, 2013
Would like to come out there but I'm Queen for redhats and were going to Harmony River for a gals bday. She broke her 2 legs and had back surgery. So shes been there over 2 months. If you ever get to Hutchinson, MN stop in and see me. I will pray for you. Love, Marlene
Posted by Danielle Schneider Gale on August 18, 2013
The Gale family sends their sympathy, and are thinking about all of you. I'm so glad we got to see everyone at the family reunion in June. One of my favorite memories of Uncle Jim was during a visit in the late 1970's when he had a motorcycle. He gave me a ride around Mitchell. I remember my Mom and Grandma not being too happy!!
Posted by Don Hill on August 18, 2013
Jim and Jerry were my big brothers when I was growing up! I will never forget the family dinners at the farm and the Alex town team bb games. A nicer guy you will never meet, Connie and Marg. did a great job with all their boys! Our love and sympathy to Joyce and all the family. Don+Jeanne Hill
Posted by Mary Miller on August 17, 2013
I am so sorry for your loss. Ecclesiastes 9:11 says: unforeseen occurrence befall us all. Ecclesiastes 9:11 says: unforeseen occurrence befall us all. So, we never know when we will die or our loved one, yet we do know that God love us and our loved ones and that he will bring back ones in his memory. I hope these facts bring you and your family some comfort during the difficult days ahead.
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