Dan Schneiderheinz - September 26, 2011Daniel Roy “Dan” Schneiderheinz, 81, lifelong resident of Central City, died at the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in Grand Island on Monday, Sept. 26, 2011.
Funeral services will be Thursday, Sept. 29, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Central City with Msg. Nelson Newman officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday, Sept. 28 at Solt Funeral Home in Central City from 5 to 7:30 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. vigil service. Burial will be in the Central City Cemetery with military rites by the Central City American Legion Post Six. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the Central City American Legion Hospital Equipment Fund, Central City Fire Department or St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Central City. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.soltfh.com
Dan was born Oct. 21, 1929, in Central City to August and Sophie (Hoffman) Schneiderheinz. He graduated from Central City High School and then attended Nebraska Central College in Central City. Dan served in the U.S. Army from Nov. 29, 1951 until Aug. 29, 1953; and was stationed in Korea.
On April 18, 1952, he was united in marriage to Elna L. Pierce and they lived in Colorado Springs the last several months of his military service. After his honorable discharge from the military, they returned to Central City where Dan operated the Schneiderheinz Locker Plant. He was elected to the office of Merrick County sheriff and served in this position from 1963 until his retirement in 1996.
Dan was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Central City, the Knights of Columbus, American Legion Post 6 and the VFW, the Nebraska Sheriff’s Association and the Police Officer’s Association of Nebraska. He served on the Central City Fire Department for 60 years and was a Merrick County supervisor for 12 years.
Survivors include his wife, Elna of Central City; his children, Doug (Sheryl) Schneiderheinz of Grand Island; Connie S. Wyman of Laurel, Mont., and Dan (Nelle) Schneiderheinz of Central City; seven grandchildren, Tyson and Fawn Wyman, Tara Wyman, Justin Schneiderheinz, Katie and Brandon Kluthe, Halie, Tucker and Tanner Schneiderheinz; and three great-grandchildren, Karter and Karla Kluthe and Tycee Wyman.
Dan was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Carl and Earl Schneiderheinz; and two sisters, Louise Hutton and Grace Dankelson.