Harvey Anthony Schneider, age 77, of Watertown, SD, died of complications from Covid on November 2, 2020, under the care of Hospice at Jenkins Living Center. A memorial service will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, November 6, 2020, at the Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel in Watertown, SD. Pastor Marilyn Spurrell will officiate. Music will be provided by A.J. Sherrill as the pianist and Jackie Wettestad as the soloist. The family is requested to meet at the chapel on Friday by 9:30 a.m. for a prayer service.
Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Mobridge, SD, at a later date.
Harvey was born to Anton and Katherina (Moszer) Schneider in 1943 at Mobridge, SD. He was raised on a ranch in the Mobridge area and later moved with his family into Mobridge where he graduated from high school in 1961. After, Harvey attended Rapid City Business College. He then returned to Mobridge where he worked for MDU, the Milwaukee Railroad. He also had several sales jobs. Harvey took his retirement from SD DOT in 2000. He loved railroading, but he also excelled in sales. What he really loved to do was to dicker a good deal and buy new vehicles.
A new, single, first grade teacher, Marcia Merkel, moved to Mobridge. In 1971, Harv married her. They shared nearly 50 years together, many of those were in Mobridge, but in 2006, they moved to Watertown to be near future grandchildren. His last 3 ½ years were spent as a resident in the Wrage Memory Care at Jenkins Living Center, where he received wonderful care.
During their Mobridge years, Harv was a member of the UCC Church where he served as an usher and on church boards. At the time of his death, he was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Watertown.
Harvey enjoyed fishing, boating and water skiing with his children, Paul, Paula, Cassie and with Marcia. He also enjoyed hunting, riding his Harley, and speeding around in sports cars. One of his greatest joys was working with and riding his horses with his faithful Siberian husky, Tuf, at his side.
Always conscious of his health, Harvey exercised almost daily, often with Marcia at the Watertown REC Center.
What’s more fun for a man who loved cars than to go cruising in a convertible? On a lovely day, Harv would say, “Come on Marcia, it’s a convertible day! Let’s take the Mustang and go for a cruise around Lake Kampeska!”
After his grandchildren arrived, spending time with them, playing in parks, going to Bramble Park Zoo, and going camping and fishing together became a priority for Harvey. Nothing could melt the heart of this hot-headed German quicker than seeing his three grandsons come through the door.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Elsie, Lewella and Delores; a brother, Daniel; his infant children, Mathew Anthony and Karla Ann.
Survivors are his wife, Marcia; his children: Anthony Paul Schneider, Mobridge, SD, Paula Kay (Kelly) Cape, Hot Springs, SD, Cassie Rae (Jake) Kasparek; his grandsons: Jason, Dylan, and Kegan Kasparek, all of Watertown, SD, his step-grandson, Tyler Cape, Britton, SD, and his step granddaughter, Micah Miller-Kasparek, Watertown, SD; his only living sibling, Patricia Hummel, of Kansas City, MO; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be given to the Watertown Alzheimer’s Association.
Arrangements by Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel www.crawfordosthus.com
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