Age 73, of Howard City, MI, passed away February 16th at Green Acres Assisted Living in Cedar Springs, MI. He was born June 21, 1944 in Sturgis, MI, the son of Cleo Schneider and Emma Jean (Kinsey) Powell. Surviving are his mother, Emma Jean, and two children; son, Shawn Schneider of Howard City and daughter, Michelle and her husband Jeffrey Keyes of Mattawan. He had four grandchildren; Justin and Amberly Keyes, and Gabby and MaKayla Devereaux. He had two sisters; Brenda Ball of Hilliard, OH, and Marlene and her husband Tom Rollins of Mattawan, MI. He will join his father, Cleo Schneider and brother, Dennis Schneider in heaven. Ron was a dedicated truck driver for over thirty years for the Teamsters union. He felt at home in the driver's seat of an eighteen wheeler as he ventured the open road. He maintained a spotless driving record even through some of the worst storms in history, such as the winter snowstorm of 1977. He also loved horses and gathering with friends who shared his love for horse riding. He frequently rode the trails from shore to shore in the forests of magnificent Michigan. He often hosted his home in Cadillac as a camp for friends to gather and share their stories from recent and past horse rides as they gathered around an open fire. During the long winter months, he offered his cabin to his kids and their friends as a warm place to gather and sleep after riding the snowmobile trails throughout the Manistee National Forest. There too, many great memories were made with family and friends. Although these are the times talked about most when remembering Ron, don't be mistaken about his love for his family. Though he was a man of few words when it came to his feelings, it was obvious by the sparkle in his eyes and the smile on his face the joy and pride he felt for his kids and grandchildren. Deep in his heart what mattered most was the ability of his kids to have a better life than he had. In his own way, he was able to instill core values and morals as a foundation for his son and daughter to build upon. He enjoyed sharing his love for horses with his grandchildren. He also enjoyed family gatherings during special weekends and holidays. He could spend hours watching Shawn use his talent in construction to turn an old horse barn into a beautiful home. He enjoyed many home cooked meals and warm hospitality with Michelle and her family. Please join us on June 23rd from 2 5pm at Ron's cabin in Cadillac, MI to celebrate his life, share memories and enjoy a good home cooked meal. We hope you will also stay to enjoy one last bonfire afterwards.