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Kenneth George Schneider, Jr.

Kenneth George Schneider, Jr.
  • April 25, 1932 - January 25, 2020
  • Johns Island, South Carolina
  • Memorials may be made to
  • St. John's Parish Church Rector's Discretionary Fund
    3673 Maybank Highway
    Johns Island, SC 29455

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“I was saddened to hear of Ken's death. He and I worked together closely for many years in connection with construction litigation. He was my...Read More »
1 of 5 | Posted by: Steven Ouzts - Lexington, SC

“Rita and familyI am so sorry to hear about Ken's passing. You all are in the prayers. ”
2 of 5 | Posted by: Paula Hall - Warner Robins, GA

“Dear Rita and family - Chuck informed me yesterday about Ken's repose.Diane and I extend our sincere condolences to you and your family.May God Grant...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: BYRON & DIANE MALOGRIDES - SC

“Rita,I was so sad to hear of Ken's passing. Please accept my sympathy and prayers. May it comfort you to know that Our Heavenly Father now has His...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: Debbie Cusher - Johns Island, SC

“Sorry for the loss of your loved one. May God of life gives you the comfort and peace you need in these difficult times. Acts 17:24,25. BCO ”
5 of 5 | Posted by: A friend


Kenneth G Schneider Jr., 87, of John's Island, SC, husband of Rita Schneider entered into eternal rest Saturday, January 25, 2020. The family will receive friends Saturday, February 1, 2020 in J. Henry Stuhr Inc., West Ashley Chapel, 3360 Glenn McConnell Parkway from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. His Funeral Service will be held Sunday, February 2, 2020 in St. John's Parish Church, 3673 Maybank Highway, John's Island at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow the service in the St. John's Parish Churchyard.

Kenneth was born April 25, 1932 in Anniston, AL, son of Kenneth George Schneider and Eleanor Ross Stillwell Schneider. He was a cradle Episcopalian raised in Nashville TN. His Episcopalian roots evolved from his grandfather, George Andrew Schneider, who was on the vestry at Grace Episcopal Church in Anniston, AL, and senior warden there for many years. It was at this church that Ken received his acolyte training as well as being in the boy's choir.

Ken graduated from McCallie Military school, a private boy's school in Chattanooga, TN in 1950. He went on to attend and graduate from Princeton University in 1954, where he majored in architecture. This background gave rise to a promising future, but not before Ken turned his sights to the US Army Corps of Engineers, where he was an officer from 1954 to 1957. Ken's love of architecture led him into work as a forensic architect on John's Island just prior to hurricane Hugo.

Ken was always on the go, but in his spare time he enjoyed boating, woodworking, drawing, singing and "picking" bluegrass on his strings (whenever he could get together with his younger brother Jack, who is in the recording business in Nashville, TN). Ken's appreciation for the water began as a child when he accompanied his brother and parents on family vacations on Guntersville Lake in the mountains of Alabama. It is no wonder then, that he was to find great happiness at the Bohicket Marina, where he met his lovely wife Rita. They shared a passion for boating and bluegrass, and were married at St. John's rectory on May 4, 2005.

Ken has always loved children and became an acolyte master at St. John's in 1998. A silver paten used every Sunday at St. John's has been dedicated to Ken's work. He had a special place in his heart for each of his acolytes, having considered each and every one of them his own children. Ken was also a Lay Eucharistic Minister. In addition to being a lifetime member of the Brotherhood of St. Andrews, he also served on the vestry, served as senior warden, and was chairman of the building committee, assisting in designing and constructing the new Walton Hall. He had a great passion for life, and a love for God but remained humble.Ken was the consummate gentleman - with a modest complement or a word of encouragement. His diligent work with the children has gifted St. John's Parish with young people who have become teachers, youth leaders and insightful Christians who love to attend church and serve God. How marvelous to consider the leadings of the Lord for an Alabama lad who became a Princeton gentleman, a revered business man and a cherished church leader.

Ken is survived by his wife, Rita; two sons, Robert (LeeAnn) and John (Irena); his brother, Jack (Nell); grandson Marshall (Katie); granddaughter Paige; grandson Christopher (Emma); great grandchildren; as well as a niece, nephews, cousins and respective spouses and children. He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, George Schneider.

Memorials may be made to St. John's Parish Church Rector's Discretionary Fund , 3673 Maybank Highway, John's Island, SC 29455.