Ervin was born April 02, 1921 in Marion County, the son of Herman and Lillie Mae (Barbee) Schneider. He married Anna M. Schneider, currently of Kinmundy, and to this union four sons and two daughters were born. Later, he married Doris A. Schneider, currently of Salem, and to this union one daughter was born.
He was a WWII veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of the United Church of Christ of Farina. He was also a county member of the Marion Masonic Lodge #130 and 32nd degree of the Masons of which he was very proud. He spent his time as a track foreman and was retired from the Illinois Central Railroad.
Ervin is survived by sons, Ervin Leroy Schneider and wife Barbara L. of Mason, Paul Schneider and Densel W. Schneider of Kinmundy; daughters, Judy Diss of Kinmundy, Darla Mini of Naples, Fla., Carla S. Lyons and special friend Michael Peddycoart, of Iuka; sister, Dorothy Thomas of Centralia; step-children, Vicki Leonard and husband Bob, of Salem, Richard Brown and significant other Angie Beard of Salem; thirteen grandchildren, two step-grandchildren; several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and his trusted companion “Sassy”.
He was preceded in death by his parents Herman and Lille Mae; son, Larry Schneider; brothers, Clarence and Merle Schneider; four brothers-in-law; sisters, Naomi Crain, Hilda Crain, Edna Mae Schneider, Arleen Williamson and Betty Smith.
Arrangements are being handled by Neal Funeral Home in Kinmundy, where the family will receive friends from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, June 24, 2014. Masonic rites will be held at 1:45 p.m.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday 2 p.m. at Neal Funeral Home. Interment will be at Farina Cemetery, rural Farina. Military rites will be accorded by the American Legion at the cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the United Church of Christ of Farina and will be received at the funeral home. Memorial tributes and condolences may be made to the family at jwnealfuneralhome.net.