William L. “Billy” Schneider

SLEEPY EYE – William L. “Billy” Schneider, 81, of rural Sleepy Eye died on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at Sleepy Eye Care Center where he had lived since the spring of 2009.

Memorial service will be 1 p.m., Thursday, June 27, at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye. The clergy will be Pastor Jeff Daniels. Interment will be at the Home Cemetery, in Sleepy Eye.

Friends may call on the family from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Sturm Funeral Home.

Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye.

On line condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com

William L. “Billy” Schneider, Jr. was born on March 22, 1932 to William, Sr. and Hattie (Smit) Schneider. He was a lifelong resident of Leavenworth Township, living on the family farm that was built by his grandparents, Charles and Elsie (Kleinow) Schneider. Billy’s grandparents were among the earliest to settle in Leavenworth Township. His grandparents befriended the Indians, and they were told to leave their farm and move to New Ulm where it would be safe until after the Indian uprising. The farm was kept safe by the Indians until the Schneider family returned. Billy loved his solitary life on his farm. He also enjoyed the wildlife, his cats, his cattle, target shooting and visits.

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