Ernest Lee "Ernie" Schneider Sr., age 74, passed away Sunday, November 7, 2010, at home after a short battle with cancer. 
He was born
February 25, 1936, in Evansville to the late Willie and Kathryn (Wright) Schneider. Ernie was employed by Arkla, Preway, Dometic & Robur as a machinist, retiring in 2000. 

He was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Haubstadt; International Assoc. of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Order of The Owls Nest #38, and was an Assistant Boy Scout Leader of Troop #246 for 5 years and Order of The Arrow. He also enjoyed woodworking and dancing. 
Also preceding him in death were his wife, Norma (Birchler) Schneider in 1992; one brother, Ronnie "Butch" Schneider; one grandson, Matthew Jacobs; and one nephew, Bryan Beck.

Ernie is survived by his four children,Cathy (Michael) Schulze of Evansville, Ernest Schneider, Jr. of St. Petersburg, Fla., Susan (Alan) Bender of Poseyville, and Patricia Miller of Fort Branch; eight grandchildren, Jason (Georgette) Jacobs, Zachary, Andrew, Lukas and Patrick Bender, Emily Bender and Mickey and Kenneth Miller; three stepgranddaughters, Christine (Jeremy Hodess) Schulze, Alyson (Tom) Gerdes and Michelle (Eric) Aschleman; four stepgreat-grandchildren, Erin Gerdes, Riley Aschleman, Isaac Hodess and Ashton Still; four sisters, Carolyn (Jim) Schapker, Mary Ann (Marlin) Beck, Janet (Billy) Beck, and Pam (Roger) Pepper; one sister-in-law, Harla Schneider, all of Evansville; several nieces and nephews; and a friend, Norma Doerner of Haubstadt.

A Mass of Christian burial will be
10 a.m. Wednesday, November 10, at St. James Catholic Church with Fr. Tony Ernst as celebrant. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 9, at Wade Funeral Home, 119 S. Vine St., Haubstadt, with a Rosary service at 6 p.m. Friends may also call from 9 a.m. until Mass time Wednesday at the church. 
The family would like to express a special thank you to Deaconess Hospice Care and staff, Dr. Christopher Braden and Dr. Bruce Schneider for their excellent care.