Gary L. Schnebel
January 6, 1961 – August 6, 2022
Preceded in death by father, Robert Schnebel. Survived by wife, Sandra L. Schnebel; twin sons, Jeff (Justine) and Andrew (Jillissa); two grandchildren, Hallie and Bodie; mother, Ilene Schnebel; sister, Brenda Schiermeyer (Brad); brother, Mike Schnebel; other relatives and friends.
VISITATION: Wednesday, August 10th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel. SERVICE: Thursday, August 11th at 10:30am, West Center Chapel. Interment, Evergreen Memorial Park. Memorials will be directed by the family.
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Gary was born on January 6th, 1961, to his parents, Bob and Ilene. His mom, Ilene, described Gary as a sweet boy who was always thinking of others. He grew up in Fremont, Nebraska with his siblings, Brenda and Mike, and graduated from Fremont High School in 1979.
After high school, Gary went on to the University of Nebraska at Omaha where he majored in Criminal Justice and played football as a defensive lineman. Through football, Gary met 3 of his best friends – Dan, Kevin, and Rick. The 4 of them knew how to have fun and remained close throughout the years. They always looked forward to the annual UNO football golf outing.
Following his graduation from UNO Gary joined the Omaha Police Department. He served as an Omaha police officer for 10 years and experienced a great deal – proving he truly had nine lives. It was also during his time with OPD that Gary met another dear friend, Kris, and of course, his wife, Sandy.
Gary and Sandy married in 1989 and welcomed twin sons, Jeff and Andrew, in 1991. Gary took great pride in being a husband and father. He and his sons bonded over sports – especially football and baseball. There wasn’t a practice or game Gary missed. Over the years Gary and Sandy proudly watched as their sons graduated high school, went on to play football at Morningside College, got married, purchased homes, started families, and so much more.
Gary was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer on July 3rd, 2020 – a day his family will never forget. Over the next two years, Gary learned how to live his life while also battling this disease. Chemotherapy didn’t stop Gary from going to the shooting range, visiting his brother-in-law, Brad, at the lake, traveling to California to spend time with his in-laws, Susan and Dave, and of course, being a loving grandpa to his granddaughter, grandson, and grand-pups.
Gary passed away on August 6, 2022, with his wife, sons, and daughters-in-law by his side. While it’s difficult to accept that Gary is no longer here it’s reassuring to know he is no longer in pain and can finally rest in comfort and peace. In 61 years, Gary experienced so much, was loved, and admired by many, and will undoubtedly live on in the hearts of those who were lucky to know him.