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Hans Schneider

March 06, 2003

SATELLITE BEACH, Fla. - Hans Schneider, 77, of Satellite Beach, and formerly of Waynesboro, Pa., died Monday, March 3, 2003, at Kindred Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

He was born Aug. 10, 1925, in Ferndorf, Germany and immigrated to the United States at the age of 4 with his parents.

He graduated from high school in 1943. He earned a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in chemistry and a master's degree in education from the Pennsylvania State University.

He developed rocket fuels for the U.S. space program at the Rocketdyne Division of North American Aviation in California. He taught chemistry at Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania and chemistry and physical science at Eau Gallie High School, and Brevard Community College, retiring in 1992.

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He served in the U.S. Army in the 84th Infantry in Europe. He volunteered for high-risk reconnaissance missions behind enemy lines. He was wounded by a German land mine in a skirmish that lead to the Battle of the Bulge.

He was an Eagle Scout.

He spoke and wrote essays on the eve of World War II.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Margaret "Peggy" Schneider; one daughter, Saundra Hand of Palo Alto, Calif.; two sons, Karl Schneider of Milwaukee and Rolf Schneider of West Melbourne, Fla.; one sister, Hilde Stevenson of Williamsport; five grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one son, Kurt Schneider.

Services will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at Florida Memorial Funeral Home, Rockledge, Fla.

Visitation will be Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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