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Frank Schneider - February 24, 2012

Franklin Bruce Schneider was born July 5, 1933 in Mountain City, Tenn. to Frank and Margaret Schneider. Frank spent most of his childhood years in Valley, Neb. and graduated from Valley High School in 1952. Frank died suddenly at his home in Lakewood on Feb. 24, 2012.

Frank was the Homecoming King for Valley High in 1951 and was an outstanding athlete in all sports. He achieved the honors of Class C All State Football team in 1951 and was the first athlete from Valley to receive this award.

After high school, Frank went on to serve in the United States Army where he earned the rank of corporal. Frank was a hard-working man who was employed by Continental Can in Omaha, Neb. for a number of years and then ran his own construction company for over 20 years in Valley and finished up his working career at Coors Ceramics in Golden.

Frank enjoyed watching sports, playing cards, trapping and fishing but his passion was going to the horse races and being an avid Nebraska Husker fan.

Frank was an active member of the Valley Fire Department from 1957 to 1975 in which he served in various roles including assistant fire chief from 1971 to 1975. He also served as a Master Mason in Victory Lodge #310 A.F. and A.M. of Valley and received his 25-year pin from the Masonic Lodge in 2004.

Frank met Lynette Alberts, who was originally from Holyoke, in 1982 and they instantly became friends and sweethearts for life. They were married June 5, 1982 in Arvada and spent their time traveling throughout the U.S. and Mexico visiting family, various landmarks and as many horse race tracks that they could find along the way.

He was preceded in death by his parents and half-brother, Milton James Shepard.

Frank is survived by his wife Lynette Schneider of Lakewood; son, Franklin Schneider of Valley; daughter, Rhonda Buckley and husband Larry of Valley; daughter, Vicke Schneider of Austin, Texas; stepdaughter, Brenda Morrison of Lakewood; six grandchildren, Kyle Schneider and wife Jen of Omaha, Neb, Ryan Buckley and wife Loretta of Elkhorn, Neb., Tara Brokaw and husband Greg of Valley, Christopher Schneider of Omaha, Neb, Trevor Morrison and Scott Morrison, both of Lakewood; five great-grandchildren, Elaina and Evan Buckley, Kenley Schneider, Grant Brokaw and Bishop Karas.

The memorial service was held March 1 at Aspen Mortuary in Lakewood. Interment followed at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver.