William L "Billy" Schneider, age 81, of rural Sleepy Eye, MN died on June 18, 2013, at Sleepy Eye Care Center where he had lived since the spring of 2009. Friends may call on the family on Thursday from Noon to 1 p.m. at the Sturm Funeral Home. Memorial service will be held at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye, on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 1 p.m. The clergy will be Pastor Jeff Daniels. Interment will be at the Home Cemetery, in Sleepy Eye. 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 one of the earliest to settle in Leavenworth Township. His grandparents befriended the Indians, 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.