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In Loving Memory

Colonel Douglas Schneeman

January 2, 1933 – July 24, 2020

Colonel Douglas Schneeman, U.S. Army, passed away July 24, 2020 in Friendswood, Texas.  He was born January 2, 1933 in New York City, New York to Charles Joseph Schneeman, Sr. and Grayce Anna (Sachs) Schneeman as the last of five children.

"The Colonel" graduated from Fordham University and before launching his life, and deciding to get his 2-year military service obligation out of the way, he joined the United States Army in 1956.  Stationed in Germany, he met the love of his life while she was there visiting her uncle, Major James Talent, who happened to be Doug's commanding officer. He married Helen Louise Kutz in 1958 and two children quickly followed.  Invited to attend Officer's Candidate School, he ultimately found his passion in Army Aviation.  This led to a career that forever made his heart beat fast.  His training as an officer became part of his DNA and defined who he was for the rest of his life. 

Doug Sr. was a prince of a man and a leader of leaders.  When he walked in a room, his presence filled the space.  A  kind and talented problem-solver, he had an endearing, on-point sense of humor and no patience for conversation that was critical of others.  Doug carried himself with dignity and no arrogance.  And he never let an opportunity pass to put the well-being of others first and foremost. 

During his service to his country, "the Colonel" was awarded a number of medals and commendations, including the Legion of Merit (3rd highest military award) two Bronze Stars (5th highest), and of particular note, the Distinguished Flying Cross.  This is the Army's 4th highest military medal and it was awarded in recognition of his performance above and beyond the call of duty after having been selected by the Army, Navy and Air Force to command the joint military's top secret mission in Vietnam 1968 to experiment with the concept of "low observable" reconnaissance aircraft, which is now known as "stealth aircraft."  The mission, called "Operation Prize Crew" (QT-2PC) was dangerous and ground-breaking in military history, and the United States Military's current expertise at stealth aircraft began with a mission led by Colonel Douglas Schneeman. 

Doug Sr. was as dedicated to and protective of his family as he was the country.  He is predeceased by his parents, Charles Joseph and Grayce Anna Schneeman, his wife Helen Louise Schneeman, and his daughter Karen Marie Schneeman.  Also predeceasing him are his sisters Dorothy and Marilyn, and brothers Charles Jr. and Donald.  He is survived by the children who adore him, daughter Kathie O'Donovan and son Douglas Schneeman, Jr.  He is also survived by his treasured grandchildren Bethany Paige O'Donovan, Joseph Alexander O'Donovan, and Grace Analiese O'Donovan.  It was a profound privilege for his surviving family to care for this amazing man during his last few years.  The family wants to thank Brightstar Care of Friendswood for the caregiving they provided during his last several weeks of life, especially Lillian Washington who, with deep compassion, treated him with such dignity and respect.

Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 1:00 P.M. followed by the funeral service at 2:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, Texas 77546 (281) 992-7200.   At a later time when it is safer to travel, he will be interred at Fort Logan National Cemetery with Military Honors.

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7 thoughts on “Colonel Douglas Schneeman”

  1. I enjoyed the time I spent with Doug. His smile could light up a room . Heaven gained another angel My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  2. Dearest Schneeman family, we are so sorry for this great loss. We adored Doug, and Helen, and enjoyed many great memories of summertime visits together, BBQs on the patio, short chats as we carpooled, and bible study while they lived close to us in Highlands Ranch. His wit and wisdom were welcomed here by all of us. Our kids, Justin,Garrett and Whitney, will always fondly remember him as one of their "grandparents". He meant so much to us. All our love to you. We hope to attend the service at Fort Logan, if possible, as he takes his rightful place among the brave. Love the Byrd family.

  3. Oh I have such wonderful memories of Col. Schneeman!! As a child I thought he was so tall and handsome and to be revered! I loved that he had such a great sense of humor and he shared all kinds of stories and quips. He took my oldest son under his wing and made such an impact. He told him stories of courage, bravery and discussed leadership and principles of life!! We so loved his sense of duty and honor to his country. A true gentleman and a wonderful close friend to our family. We loved him dearly and give high honor to Him today. Our deepest condolences to Kathie, Doug Jr. and the grands.💙

  4. My condolences and much LOVE to all of you. I respected and loved him much. I was going to purchase a vehicle and when I talked to the Colonel about it, he advised me not to and because I trusted him I called the seller and let her know I could not make the puchase. The Colonel and Sis Schneeman blessed me and loved me . I'm grateful to have had them in my life. God bless you all.

  5. Becky Trujillo

    With great fondness I'll always remember Col. Schneeman and Helen. Margie and I had the opportunity to work in there home for a while. So thankful to have been able to spend a little time with them. God bless you all.

  6. Rich & Julie Stein

    So sad to hear about the passing of the Colonel. He and his wife Sis. Schneeman lived a few houses down from us in Highlands Ranch, what great people. I remember how he would make fun of the huge load of suitcases and pillows/blankets we would stuff in his big trunk for our trip to Ladies Retreat. Condolences and prayers for the family, God bless you.

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Friendswood, Texas 77546
281.992.7200

 

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281.992.7200

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