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Schnathorst, Robert W. 1922-1979


Posted By: Volunteer
Date: 10/11/2013 at 19:44:23

R. W. Schnathorst, Former Resident Dies in Colorado

Robert W. Schnathorst, 56, of 1830 Dillon Ave., Greeley, Colo, a longtime resident of the St. John's Community near Newton prior to moving to Greeley seven years ago, died Sunday morning at the Weld County General Hospital in Greeley.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Macy-Allnutt Funeral Home in Greeley.

Additional services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Congregational United Church of Christ in Newton.

The Rev. Phillip Friedeman, pastor of the Newton church will conduct the services. Burial will be in the St. John's Cemetery. Flag folding services will be conducted at the cemetery by the Newton Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Wallace Funeral Home is handling Newton arrangements.

Memorial contributions to a fund in Mr. Schnathorst's name will be accepted. Memorials may be left at the funeral home.

Survivors are his wife, Betty; two sons, John R. of Des Moines and Dale E., a student at Colorado State University at Fort Collins, Colo.; a daughter, Mrs. Joseph (Jane) Lawton of Perth, Australia; a grandson, Gabriel Lawton of Perth, Australia; his mother, Mrs. W. W. (Mamie) Schnathorst of Newton; a sister, Mrs. Duane (Carolyn) Hobbs of Newton and his mother-in-law, Mrs. D. E. (Beulah) Bixby of Newton.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Mr. Schnathorst was a member of the First Congregational Church in Greeley, Elks Lodge No. 809 of Greeley, a former member of the Lions Club at La Salle, Colo., and a former member of the Kiwanis Club and Veterans of Foreign Wars in Newton.

Mr. Schnathorst, a field representative for the D. C. Royer Insurance Co. in Greeley, served as a staff sergeant and gunner on a B-29 attack bomber in the Army Air Force in Italy during World War II.

The son of Wilbert W. and Mamie Browning Schnathorst, he was born Oct. 31, 1922 in Newton, was a 1940 graduate of Newton Community High School and attend[ed] Iowa State University in Ames. He farmed for 20 years in the St. John's Community before moving to Colorado.

He was married to Betty Bixby July 8, 1945 in Newton. ~ The Newton Daily News, August 6 or 7, 1979.


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