Rollin E. Schneider, of Hartland, WI, died on October 9, 2019, at AngelsGrace Hospice following a year-long struggle with colon cancer.
He was born on November 6, 1934 to Erwin and Martha (Koenig) Schneider in Milwaukee, WI. Rollin was the youngest son among what would become a family of nine children: Laverne, Marilynn, Dolores, Audrey, Kenneth, Wilbur, Rollin, Judy and Sharon. Growing up in the neighborhood of 66th & Girard, Rollin was twelve years old when his father purchased several acres of land on Beaver Lake, way out in Waukesha County. Visiting out there was such great fun that Rollin would on occasion even ride his bicycle the twenty miles to get there. But soon he was busy with the challenges of high school life at old Boys Tech, where he built the foundation for his lifelong interests in engines, woodworking and hydraulics.
As a young man, Rollin served in the Army. Stationed in Korea, he met Kazuko while on leave in Japan. They were married November 4, 1958. Upon returning to Wisconsin, Rollin built the small home where they would reside for the next sixty years. He resumed his work as an equipment operator for Heuser Excavating in Oconomowoc. In later years, he worked for Herr Construction until retirement. But anyone who knew Rollin could tell you that he never stopped working – any problem or project faced by his friends or family, whether plumbing-related, mechanical or electrical, would arouse his interest and advice. And such advice was backed up by his willingness to physically help.
Rollin is survived by his wife of 60 years, Kazuko, his sister Judy (Jerne) Minzlaff, and his brother-in-law James Mueller, along with many nieces and nephews and innumerable friends.
Private funeral services were held for the immediate family on October 14, 2019, and he was interred at Glenview Gardens in Ixonia, WI. The family is thankful to the staff of the ProHealth Home Hospice group, the AngelsGrace Hospice of Oconomowoc, and the Evert-Luko Funeral Home of Hartland for all their support during this time of need.
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