David R. Schneider passed away at his home on November 17, 2020 after a long battle with
Dave is survived by his wife Lwyla “Lou”, his son Chad and daughter-in-law Chelsea, his
daughter Amy and son-in-law Ronald Reinart, grandsons Reid and Connor Reinart, his
brothers Brooke and Brian (Joan) Schneider and many other family members.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Richard and Steven, his mother and
father-in-law, Ruth and Leon Specht, brothers in law Floyd Michel and John Blake and his nephew Kevin
Dave was born to Helen (Samdahl) and Hugo Schneider on September 3, 1946 in Black
River Falls, WI. He was the third of five sons born to Helen and Hugo. Dave was raised by
his mother and his grandmother, Georgia Samdahl, on South Third Street in Black River
Falls. He always had fun tales of growing up in the ‘grove’ and some of the shenanigans that
he and his friends got into.
Dave had many jobs throughout his life - paperboy, lifeguard, ambulance driver, bartender,
furniture store owner and salesman. He had great stories of his time working for Langlois-
Galston Funeral home, especially driving ambulances. He was always proud of being one of
the youngest ambulance drivers and one of his best memories was driving from Black River
Falls to Madison in 1 hour and 20 minutes to save someone’s life. He was only 16 years old
at the time. Dave served in the Army, stationed in Germany, from 1966 to 1968. After the
service, he attended UW LaCrosse for Mortuary Science for one year.
Dave and Lou were married in 1972 and they lived on Pierce Street throughout their entire
married life. They purchased Galston’s Furniture in 1976 and were in business for 30 years.
He enjoyed his time as a business owner and liked visiting with customers. He knew
everyone and would describe locations and people based on “remember that time we
delivered that sofa to the place by” and you knew exactly what he was talking about. He was
great at hanging window draperies and providing estimates for carpet and other flooring. He
was extremely exact. Sales and furniture were in his blood. He also co-owned the Double E
tap in the 1980s and enjoyed playing darts. He served on the Board of Directors for the
Jackson County Tavern league.
Dave also served on the Black River Falls City Council for 4 years for the Second Ward.
After the furniture store closed in 2006, Dave worked for King Furniture in Holmen until
2020. He really lived to work and he always enjoyed having a ‘good day’ in sales. He
worked until he was 74 years old and reluctantly stopped working due to his health.
Dave loved cars and was very proud of the cars he owned over the years. His prized auto
being a black 1969 Oldsmobile 98 Convertible that he drove in parades. He also enjoyed
World War 2 history, grilling out, reading the “Trading Post” newspaper religiously, listening
to 50’s music and joking around with his grandsons.
Dave is remembered for his humor, kindness and laughter. He loved to meet new people
and make connections with them. He also loved to tell stories and always had the best ones.
Those fortunate to have known Dave will never forget him. He is greatly missed.
At this time, there will be no services. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Donations can be made in remembrance of him to Black River Hospice.