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“I am saddened to learn of Dewaine's passing. I only met him once-yes once-and probably 15-20 yrs ago-for several hours-in the waiting room of the...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Denise Jones - Ankeny

“I got to know Dwaine several years ago. He came in to the Ankeny Maidrite when I ran the place. He was always doing woodworking in his garage. Dwaine...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Judy Brandon - Ankeny, IA

“Bud was a positive difference maker with a big heart & loved being around people. He was unique, an original, a friend. He will be missed & is now...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Don & Elaine Palmatier - IL

“I have so many memories of Dwaine coming in to physical therapy. Even when he wasn't actively coming in to physical therapy, he would stop by every...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Mallory Swenson - Ankekny, IA

“Ruby, Bud was a dear friend who was so helpful and charismatic. He was always so appreciative and thankful and expressed it often. A fine man that...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Woody Swartzendruber - Ankeny, IA

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!! Hugs to ALL!!! ”
6 of 9 | Posted by: Tami Oman-Stairs - Waukee, IA

“Uncle Bud!! You were always my favorite uncle I have such wonderful members of brother and me staying in Mendota for part of summer when we were...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Barbara Ward Keser - Indianapolis

“Bud's straightforward style was contagious to those around him. When faced with challenges, he would often raise his hands, laugh, and yell, "Praise...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Arlan Thorson - Ankeny, IA

“Ms Ruby you are in my thoughts and prayers. You know what Mister Dwaine meant to me..I will forever remember him. ”
9 of 9 | Posted by: DONNA GOODWIN - NEW CONCORD, KY

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Dwaine "Bud" Schneider, 84, of Ankeny, IA, passed away at 12:02 PM on April 9, 2017, at Taylor House Hospice in Des Moines, IA.

A Celebration of Life Ceremony will begin at 1:00 PM on Saturday, April 15, in the gymnasium at St. Luke's Catholic Church in Ankeny, IA.

Dwaine was born December 26, 1932, in Greene County, IA, to William and Eva (Goins) Schneider. He had one sister, Ethel Ward. All preceded him in death. He married Ruby Lashley on June 6, 1975. She survives.

Also surviving Dwaine are four children - Lisa (Don Andres) Schneider, New Jersey; Beth (Tom) Whalen, Mendota, IL; Todd (Patricia) Schneider, Mendota, IL; and Joel (Julie Wicks) Schneider, Compton, IL; 3 stepsons – Michael (Debra) Sondgeroth, Bloomington, IL; Scott (JoDee) Sondgeroth, Ankeny, IA; and Jeff (Cyndi) Sondgeroth, Bureau, IL; 10 grandchildren – Taylor Schneider, Mendota, IL; Tara Schneider, Mendota, IL; Seneca (Mario) Lopez, Compton, IL; Emily Cook, Mendota, IL; Morgan (Shadoe Akers) Sondgeroth, Earlville, IL; Cole Sondgeroth, Decatur, IL; Erin Sondgeroth, Chicago, IL; Delaney Sondgeroth, Ankeny, IA; Dylan Sondgeroth, Ankeny, IA; Avery Sondgeroth. Bureau, IL; and 3 great grandchildren – Kayne, Aidan, and Westyn.

After graduating from Malta (IL) High School, Dwaine enlisted in the United States Air Force. As a young man he worked his way through the auto parts business in Illinois before moving to Ankeny, IA, and reviving a failing bumper re-chroming business. He eventually returned to the construction field where he enjoyed operating heavy machinery for MacAninch Corporation in Des Moines, IA. In retirement, he was known for his skilled woodworking and the ability to make friends with nearly everyone he met.

Memorials may be made in Dwaine's honor to one of the following organizations: Disabled American Veterans (, Salvation Army (, or Food Bank of Iowa (