December 7, 2011 in Letters, Opinion

Dad exemplifies honor

 

My dad, Warren Schneider, is a vibrant testament to the special qualities of many from “The Greatest Generation.” Dad grew up in the Great Depression with few material possessions, but all the love only faith, family and friends can bequeath.

With his parents’ permission, he enlisted early in the Army Air Corps. He was at Hickam Air Field on Dec. 7, 1941, defending the base with his fellow airmen the morning the Japanese attacked. After the war, he married and, with the help of the GI Bill, earned his master’s degree in education and taught for 34 years.

Over all these years he showed our family honor, a tremendous work ethic, faithfulness as a husband, and love. Though mom has been gone for 20 years, he continues to exemplify what it means to be a humble, honorable man. He started writing novels in his 80s, and just completed his sixth – at age 91!

He is my fishing partner and best friend. He reminds me that life is precious and don’t waste a day! I hope current and future generations respect the sacrifices the men and women of previous generations have made.

Freedom should never be taken for granted. Thanks Dad! I love you!

Christopher Schneider

Liberty Lake

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