MARQUETTE, MI – Charles William Schneider ” Cork “, 93, died on May 1, 2022 at the Michigan Veterans Home DJ Jacobetti, in Marquette, Michigan, with his family by his side. Formerly of Crystal Falls, Michigan, Corky had been in the care of Jacobetti and Lake Superior Life Care and Hospice.
Corky was born on July 16, 1928, in Butler, Pennsylvania, the second of three children, to the late Cyril Leo Schneider and Alice Elizabeth (Jewell) Schneider. Corky has always been intrigued by things mechanical and loved the outdoors. At the age of 5, he was helping his grandfather, Rex Jewell, on his oil wells. He learned early on to listen and follow operational and safety rules on the Grandads site. Corky also enjoyed working on the family farm making hay and cutting corn. On Sundays, he liked to go to Grandma Mary Schneider’s for a coffee cake or homemade bread.
In 1943, Corky’s family moved to Ypsilanti, Michigan, where his parents went to work at the B-24 bomber factory. While attending Wayne High School, Corky fell madly in love with Jane Ann Hartman. A few years later, the Schneiders moved back to Butler, Pennsylvania, much to Corky’s chagrin, while leaving her love behind. A frustrated teenager, Corky left Butler High School in 1946 and joined the United States Coast Guard. Twenty-four years later, at the age of 42, Corky completed his GED.
After basic Coast Guard training, Corky was posted to Mary Island Light Station, Alaska, where he spent a year. After his honorable discharge from the Coast Guard in April 1947, Corky reunited with Jane Ann in South Bend, Indiana, where he found employment as a brake technician with the Bendix Corporation, with the help of Jane’s father, Lyle Hartman.
On June 26, 1948 Corky and Jane were married and Corky continued to work for Bendix. On March 17, 1949, Corky and Jane were blessed with their first son, Jack Lyle. Being a St. Patrick’s Day baby and born in South Bend, home of the Fighting Irish, was very special for Corky and Jane. Being Notre Dame fans was and still is in the blood of the family.
In August 1950, Corky was called up for active duty in the United States Navy, due to the Korean War. Corky served aboard USS Orange County, LST 1068. On October 11, 1950, Corky and Jane were blessed with their second son, Gary Charles. Jane now had her hands full raising two young boys. On March 27, 1951, Corky was honorably discharged from the Navy and returned to work in Bendix.
In 1954 Corky and Jane built a house on Baldwin Lake, Union, Michigan. Jane and the boys loved the lake and it became their home for the next 15 years. Life on the lake has been shared with many relatives and friends over these 15 years, creating wonderful memories for all who have come to Lake Baldwin.
After retiring from Bendix as a sales engineer in 1969, Corky and Jane moved to Swan Lake in Crystal Falls, Michigan. This part of UP was their favorite summer vacation destination as well as where Corky enjoyed deer hunting. Their home on Swan Lake has fond memories of swimming, boating, fishing, Saturday saunas and Corky’s famous fish boils.
Corky found employment with a hardwood flooring company in Amasa, Michigan and in September 1970 took full-time employment with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources on a survey crew. A few years later, Corky joined the DNR Fire Division as a radio dispatcher. On May 1, 1987, Corky retired as Bureau Chief of the MNR office in Crystal Falls. He said his time with the DNR was the most enjoyable as he worked outdoors for a number of years and worked with and met many nice people.
Along with his parents, Corky was predeceased by Jane, his wife of 64, son; Gary, sister; and brother-in-law; Betsy (Bud) Crotty, brother-in-law and sister-in-law; Barney and Patricia McRae.
He is survived by one brother; Rex (Chris Buchman) Schneider, son Jack (Gail) Schneider, daughter-in-law; Jackie Schneider, grandchildren; Jeremy, Nicholas and Lindsay Schneider and great-grandchildren; Troy, Morgan (Austin) Mauldin, Mira and Lincoln. Corky is also survived by his nieces, Jo Crotty Moore, Teri (Jann Gormley) Crotty, Connie (Richard) Dahlem, Boni (James) Head, Kelly (Michael) Platt and Leslie Whitney and several great-nieces and nephews who will be missed “Uncle Corky”.
The family will hold private services at a later date with internment next to Jane at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Crystal Falls, Michigan.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Michigan Veterans Home DJ Jacobetti, 425 Fisher Street, Marquette, MI 49855 “ATTN: Activity/Leisure Fund”or Lake Superior Life Care and Hospice, 914 W. Baraga Ave., Marquette, MI 49855.
The family thanks Jacobetti and Lake Superior Life Care and Hospice for their wonderful care of Corky and their compassion for our family.
Fassbender Swanson Hansen Funeral and Cremation Services serves the family, where condolences can be expressed online at fassbenderswansonhansen.com.