Bud Schneider was born on February 10, 1935 in Dante, South Dakota to Frank and Helen (Hersman) Schneider. He grew up in Tyndall, South Dakota attending grade school and graduating from Tyndall High School in 1953. Bud attended Southern State Teachers School in Springfield, SD majoring in English and Coaching. After college he served in the National Guard for 6 months of training in Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri. Upon returning from the service, he taught one-half year in Freeman, SD, the following year he taught in Avon, SD.
In 1959 Bud married his sweetheart Mary Jo Koening. They celebrated 60 years of marriage on June 3, 2019. After their wedding they moved to Minnesota and began their teaching careers. Bud continued his education and received his masters of English at Augustana College and then a Master of Reading at Mankato State College in Mankato, MN. During this time Bud was called back into the service during the Berlin call-up and was stationed at Ft. Lewis, WA. Mary Jo joined him later and they were there for a year.
Bud finished his teaching and coaching career in Jackson, MN. He loved coaching baseball and basketball. Bud loved sports of all kinds; he was an exceptional bowler and pool player. He was a successful pitcher in town baseball and was honored to pitch for many teams going to state tournaments both in SD and MN. He also helped put on baseball clinics for the Minnesota Twins in his early career.
Bud was an avid fan of the Minnesota Vikings and the Minnesota Twins. Watching the Vikings was a Sunday ritual for Mary Jo and Bud.
After retirement Bud and Mary Jo spent many days fishing on the upper Missouri River system in South Dakota. Walleye fishing in their big red Lund boat was their passion.
In 2003 Bud and Mary Jo moved from MN to SD to be near family. They enjoyed traveling to Denver to see their son Scott and drove to Las Cruces, NM to see their daughter Paula and family. They also traveled to many other parts of the U.S. during the winter months. He was a grateful member of AA for 29 years.
Grateful for having shared his life is his wife Mary Jo, two children; Scott of Denver, CO, and Paula of Las Cruces, NM; five grandchildren, Jaimie, Jenna, Brianna, Corey, and Savanna. Three great-grandchildren; Payton, Landon, and Camden. All true blessings in his life.