Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize William H. Schneider, a World War II veteran and devoted family man.
Born on August 9, 1919 in St. Louis, Missouri, he lived in North St. Louis for his first 50 years until moving to Florissant, MO where he spent the next 30 years of his life.
The son of military parents, Mr. Schneider honorably served our country during World War II. While in the U.S. Army during WWII, Mr. Schneider was in the Philippines on a Navy ship that was present at the Japanese surrender. At the end of his service, he was honorably discharged.
He took his work ethic to Complete Auto Transit, which was later part of Ryder trucking, where he worked for almost 45 years. He worked a variety of jobs over the course of his career, oftentimes working overtime to provide for his family.
And it is his family that will be his greatest legacy. He is known as a devoted and loving husband to his widow, Helen, and his current wife, Nita. His five children, twelve grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren have each known him as a caring and dedicated family man.
It is with great pride that I get to honor the life and legacy of Mr. Schneider today.
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