Gus finished his journey on earth Monday, March 9, 2015 in the loving care of Pinnacle Ridge Long Term Care facility.
Gus was born in Kansas City, Missouri and was preceded in death by his parents, Elma and Adam Schneider. Gus attended Paseo High School and graduated from Southwest Missouri State University.
Always a free spirit, he spent most of his life in automotive sales including co-owner of North Hills Lincoln-Mercury for many years. His colorful and charismatic personality drew a host of friends his way, as well as his wife, Barbara, who found him irresistible. They recently celebrated their 42nd anniversary with a heart-shaped pizza at his bedside.
Gus was honorably discharged from the Marines—“Semper Fi” to the end.
His family was the centerpiece of his existence: Page Clayton (husband, Carl) and their children Blake and Mackenzie of Leawood, KS; Piper Palmer (husband, Kevin) and their children Adam, Madison and Brett of Parkville, MO; Betsy Schwartze (husband, Charles) and their children Emily and Jack of Overland Park, KS; and Dave Stuckey (wife, Andrea) and their children Pearl and Lovey Mae of Northridge, CA.
Growing up, he loved playing baseball in the All-City league and “pick up” basketball with his neighborhood buddies. He amazed everyone with his incredible trivia skills ranging from history to celebrities. He possessed a beautiful singing voice and traveled with the choir while attending St. John’s Lutheran Academy after high school (he did, however, take a few unscheduled side trips!)
Gus and Barbie, as he called her, enjoyed fun travels to many countries abroad and in the United States, including the home they shared in Snowmass with dear friends and family.
Always the life of the party, they both enjoyed entertaining in their home tremendously.
Visitation will be from 4-6 pm, Thursday, March 19 at Unity Church, 10300 Antioch Road, Overland Park, KS, 66212. The Memorial Service will begin at 6 pm at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the church or to Great Plains SPCA, 9800 W. 67th Street, Merriam, KS, 66203. To share a memory of Gus or to offer condolences, please visit www.overlandparkchapel.com.
Gussie, we will miss you so much. Little Heidi Nicole, who is due April 5th, will be regaled with the crazy stories of her flamboyant great grandfather. We love you still. Peace.