Duane Schneider

Duane Alvin Schneider

Thursday, June 11th, 1931 - Saturday, November 21st, 2020
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Duane Alvin Schneider, 89, of Benton Harbor, passed away at his home on Saturday, November 21, 2020.

Duane was born on June 11, 1931, to August & Lora (Thumm) Schneider in Benton Harbor. He graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 1949. When Duane was younger, he worked on the family farm and in various home construction jobs before he was enlisted to serve in the United States Army. He proudly served his country from 1954 until being honorably discharged in 1956. On May 4, 1957, Duane married Betty Jean Couch and celebrated 53 years of marriage before her passing in 2010. Duane worked for Avion Couch for over 32 years, where he worked in various positions including Supervision Production Manager until the plant closed. He then worked for Senior Nutrition Services for over fourteen years. He often said, that he enjoyed every job he worked and gave them a good day’s work for a good day’s pay.

Duane enjoyed, hunting, fishing and camping. He was an avid Tigers and University of Michigan fan. Duane was a charter member of the St. Joseph Township Lions club and won the Melvin Jones National Award.
Duane is survived by his children, Lora (Gary) Spencer of St. Joseph, Tina (Charles Brattain) Schneider of Benton Harbor and Darren (Jennifer) Schneider of Kalamazoo; grandchildren, Skyler, Kyra, Sage, Schyler, Carson, Collin and Tanner; siblings, Lawrence (Phyllis) Schneider, Don Schneider, Bob (Carolyn) Schneider and Kenneth Schneider; brother-in-law Milt Zoschke; many nieces and nephews; longtime friend Bruno Pahl and his loyal dog Sissy.

Duane was preceded in death by his parents, August & Lora Schneider; sister Betty Zoschke; and sister-in-law Loretta Schneider.

Duane’s family would like to thank his neighbors for their continuous support over the last few months, all the staff at Lakeland Cancer Center and Beth his home health nurse.

A celebration of life service will be held 11AM, on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. Burial will follow at North Shore Memory Gardens. Friends may visit with his family on Wednesday, from 10AM until time of the service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Township Lions Club, or the Senior Nutrition Services- Meals on Wheels, 1708 Colfax Ave., Benton Harbor, 49022. Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at

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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, November 25th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Wednesday, November 25th, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Wednesday, November 25th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Wednesday, November 25th, 2020 11:00am
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    North Shore Memory Gardens
    5027 M-63 North
    Coloma, MI 49038
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Carolyne H.

Posted at 07:11pm
I was hired by Duane at Avion Coach and I failed my physical due to a back condition that showed up on x-ray,but Duane found a way to hire me anyway.I worked for him till shortly before the plant closed,but I'll never forget what he did for me.Bless and comfort his family,Rest in Peace,Duane.

Marc Schneider

Posted at 11:39pm

One of the earliest memories I have is being with uncle Duane and aunt Betty, riding around in this awesome late 50s or early 60's Thunderbird convertible with the top down, and them goofing around singing along to this song, "For the good times". It was so much fun and such a great song, that when it ended they would play it again and we'd all sing. Something I will always remember.


Robert Husek

Posted at 12:14pm
I was blessed to have known Duane over the years--starting at Avion---Bob Husek

Lora Spencer Posted at 07:01am

Thank you for sharing.

Sarah Rodgers

Posted at 12:03pm
We will miss Duane's sense of humor and all his great stories. May all your memories bring a smile to your face. Love his favorite neighbors Vic & Sarah

Lora Spencer Posted at 07:02am

Thank you for your support

Jim & Lil Landman

Posted at 10:21am
Tina_ Lil and I are sorry for your loss. We know that your love for him was a much needed encouragement during his Journey of those sunset years, We often had opportunity to lift all of you up before the Lord on Wednesday nights as we gathered together (Virtually) in Napier Prayer Meeting. We will continue to pray for your family as you grieve Dads departure from your daily life.
Gods richest Blessings. We look forward to seeing you._ Jim and Lil Landman

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