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Tom C. Schneller


TUSCON, Ariz. - Tom C. Schneller, 90, of Tuscon, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, at Infinity Care Home in Tuscon.

Tom was born on Sept. 17, 1926, in Mason City, Iowa, the only son of the late Harold and Blanche Schneller. Tom was married to Georgi Schneller, she preceded him in death in 1993.

Tom was a U.S. Navy veteran who served in both World War II and the Korean War. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a mechanical engineering degree. He was a real estate broker, builder and developer in Milwaukee, Kohler, Wis., Steamboat Springs, Colo., and Michigan's U.P. He started his career building single-family homes in Milwaukee. In 1968, he started buying land, subdividing it and building A-frames and ski chalets at Big Powderhorn. Later Tom became V.P. of Real Estate Development for the Kohler Company in Kohler. He retired in Tuscon.

Tom is survived by his three children, Lisa Schneller (John) Murphy of Paradise, Calif., Susan Schneller of Steamboat Springs, and Thomas L. (Arlene) Schneller of Ironwood, Mich. In addition, he is survived by six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Mary Wright of Boulder, Colo .; and many nieces and nephews. He had a long loving relationship with his long time partner Barbara Cain who resides in Tuscon. Tom's family was grateful for Barbara's caring nature, she was a blessing in Tom's life along with Tom's close Milwaukee and Arizona friends.

Tom was an avid Packer fan, golfer, rock hound and loved traveling and dining out with Barbara. With his son and grandsons, he enjoyed many fishing and hunting trips. Tom particularly loved seeing his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and Colorado relatives who attended his 90th surprise party in Arizona last September.

Out of respect for Tom's wishes, cremation has taken place and no memorial services are planned.


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