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  • Visitation:  2-4 & 6-8 p.m.  Wednesday at the funeral home
  • Funeral:  1:00 p.m.  Thursday at Shiloh Community Church

Mr. Ronnie Lee Schnicke, age 49, of Woodard Lake, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday morning, Jan. 6, 2008 at Carson City Hospital after a brief illness. The son of LeRoy & Mamie (Bogert) Schnicke, he was born on March 11, 1958 in Ionia.

A graduate of Ionia High School, Ronnie had worked at Granco-Clark in Belding for 13 years. With his family, Ronnie operated R&T Auction Service, in addition to working at Ravells Orchards in Fenwick and being a volunteer firefighter with the Ronald Township Fire Department for almost 32 years. An avid stock car racing fan, Ronnie co-owned cars that he raced at Ionia and Crystal. A skilled mechanic, he also enjoyed tractors, steam engines, fire trucks, and hunting.

On Oct. 15, 1984 he married the former Tammy Jo Clements. She preceded him in death on Dec. 17, 2002. On March 24, 2007, in Belding, he married Deanna Jean Zeigler, who survives. Also surviving are his children, Ron & Cassie Schnicke of Belding, Brandy & Mario Ledesma of Ionia, and Mamie Schnicke and her fiance, Kyle Delinsky, of Ionia; an adopted son, Mike Misner; four grandchildren, Blake and Tammy Ledesma, and Anna and Keegan Schnicke; his parents, LeRoy & Mamie Schnicke of Woodard Lake; a brother, Dale & Debbie Schnicke of Florida; a father-in-law, Raymond Zeigler of Woodard Lake; three step-children, Lisa Zeigler of Illinois, Andy Pohl of Ohio, and Megan Pohl of Florida; three step-grandchildren, Austin and Dominic Raterink, and Alucard Fockler; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins; and many, many special friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008 at Shiloh Community Church with Pastor Ken Harger officiating. Burial will follow at Woodard Lake Cemetery. Visitation is Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Brown-Teman & Christiansen Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, where envelopes for memorial contributions will be available.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Ronnies online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please click the “Sign Guest Book” link above.


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  1. Anonymous on January 6, 2008 at 12:00 am

    Guestbook

    01/10/2008 –

    Nancy McClintock

    The funeral was very special As Ronnie was always there for us when Dad and Jane died. Ronnie made sure all of us kids and Mom knew that he was there as we would get a hug and a smile out of him. It was special for us at cemetery as we the Roberts family members stopped to see Jane today too. Love and God Bless you Nancy


    01/10/2008 –

    christine

    my thoughts and payers are out to the family of a great and awsome person. he was a wonderful person to have as a friend. a hero in heart. mami,brandy,dee,g;ma and g’pa schnike you are awlawys in my thoughts. call me anytime.


    01/10/2008 –

    barry taylor

    ive knowen ronnie for alot of years worked with him and hes always been a true friend when i need something and i will really miss him and god bless his parents to the have alwsys been good to my fanily


    01/10/2008 –

    helen &ed livingston

    so sorry about your lose we will really miss him and i sure will miss his auctions i really had fun at them


    01/10/2008 –

    barry and shirley taylor


    01/10/2008 –

    Brandy, Mario, Blake and Tammy

    We love you dad….you were a great dad and grandpa…you will always be remembered especially by Blake he says Grandpa where is my tractor that green one you were to buy me….now you will be up in heaven with mom also…she has missed you to many years already…She has that door wide open for you..Love Brandy, Mario, Blake and Tammy


    01/10/2008 –

    Jim and Jerry Hostetler

    We are very sorry to hear of the passing of Ronnie Schnicke. May God be with you at this time and always and keep you strong. God bless you. Jim & Jerry Hostetler Woodland Mi


    01/09/2008 –

    Dr Robert Gosnell

    I’d like to extend my deepest, heart-felt sympathy to the entire family. Wish that I could have done so in person. I am still in shock from the news of Ronnie’s passing. From the years of taking care of his back, to sponsoring the race car, to sharing jokes, to many just down to earth discussions… it is difficult knowing that Ronnie won’t be “showing up” at the office! He isn’t just a patient, he is a good friend as well. For all of us who will miss Ronnie for our remaining days on earth, may we all know God’s peace and be assured that we will be re-united with Ronnie and all those who go before us,… for eternity. What a blessed assurance indeed!


    01/09/2008 –

    BOB AND SUE HANSEN

    DEAR, FAMILY OF RONNIE, WE WERE AND ALWAYS WILL BE THERE TO CARRY ON WHAT YOU WANTED, YOUR JOKES AND YOUR LAUGHTER WILL GREATLY BE MISSED,WE WILL MISS YOU AND ALWAYS YOU WILL BE IN OUR HEARTS AND THOUGHTS.


    01/09/2008 –

    Scott & Tracy Devers

    Were sorry to here of your loss.Schnicke will be missed alot by our family and alot of other raceing family’s.As we are all really one.His bright smile and laugh to be heard.He and his family always their to give advise or a helping hand.Weather he knew you or not.Any one that knew him would be proud to call him their friend. Your family is in our prayers Devers Raceing 18D


    01/09/2008 –

    Kathy McNinch

    To Ronnie Schnicke’s family, My thoughts and prayers are with all of you! Your dad, son, and grandpa…whichever role he filled…Ronnie will always be close to each of you in spirit. Love is a bond that can never be broken. Remember the good times and treasure those memories and Ronnie will always be tucked right next to your heart.
    Love,
    Kathy McNinch (Mark’s mom :))


    01/09/2008 –

    Dawn &Daniel Eastman

    When God took Ronnie home he left a huge hole here on Earth.He was such a great guy .Even if you didnt know him he would make you smile with his jokes and fun times at the auction.I can remeber many times that he would have Mamie give the little kids at the auction a sucker just because.Just the way Ronnie was a truely kind hearted person. His children were so lucky to have a wonderful Dad like him .Its so hard to believe hes gone when he was so full of life .Just wanted to let you know that your in our thoughts and prayers.


    01/09/2008 –

    Nettie Vitale

    It has been a long time since I have seen Ronnie, but I do have many, many fun and happy childhood memories from when he and Tammy babysat me. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.


    01/09/2008 –

    TIM & LINETTE NUMMER

    Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. You are in our thoughts and prays.


    01/09/2008 –

    Deb Curler

    Ron & Cassie, Your friends at Richardson Mill want you to know that you are in our thoughts & prayers each and every day. Our happy memories are what sustain us at these time’s in our lives. You have that wonderful memory that your father saw your 2 beautiful children and will always look over them. All our love, Your RMA family & friends


    01/09/2008 –

    Mandi Walker

    I am soo sorry Deanna. I know that we have had a rocky past together, and Im glad we have gotten over that. But, I just wanted you to know that I say true happiness in Ron’s eyes everytime he looked at you. Not many people have that, and you are very licky to have found that. God Bless you and your family. And thank you for giving me your son.


    01/09/2008 –

    tammy & bill blake

    im sorry to hear of the loss of ronnie schnikie he was a good man and caring father and he loved his family. he will be missed by everyone that new him will miss u ronnie.no one will replace u as a friend and a devoted fireman….


    01/09/2008 –

    sam cowley

    after moving to jackson,wyoming this past summer with all the great things to do here,we found it that we missed going to the auction on sat.evenings the most and enjoying the presence of ronnie.i never did buy much but ol’ronnie sure did make us laugh.rest in peace my friend.


    01/09/2008 –

    Mamie Schnicke, Kyle Delinsky

    Daddy you will always be in my hearts and the day i walk down that isle and take the father daughter dance I will do just for you!!! Now that you are with mommy I hope you guys are happy and take care of her and you guys can be happy together!
    Racing will always be done with memories and the hero you were being a fireman I will carry on the family tradition but not as a fireman but a cop! I love you so much and MISS you and mom both very much! NO one will ever take your place just like no one could take moms place….WILL ALL MY LOVE Mamie and Kyle


    01/09/2008 –

    Bill & Bessie Marshall

    We are so sorry for your lost, he will be greatly missed, and our prayers are with you all,


    01/08/2008 –

    MINDY & KEN MINIER

    our thought and prayers are with all of you.


    01/08/2008 –

    PATTY SAILOR DEGRAEVE & FAM

    I was shocked and hurt by the news of Ronnie passing. god I was just at his reception last yrs. He will be missed in so many ways.he really was a good person, a heart of gold. He was always there for my family,and cared about us all very much.never forgot about all the good things and how much you meant to our family, we will never forget you, you will be missed..Patty, Stacey Stephanie,Angie,Andrew & Alicia..


    01/08/2008 –

    Ron, Cassie, Anna and Keegan Schnicke

    We LOVE You Dad and Grandpa, ALWAYS. There isn’t a moment that goes by that we aren’t remembering you and how special of a person you were to ALL of us. We will NEVER forget our cherished memories with you. Love, Ron, Cassie, Anna and Keegan


    01/08/2008 –

    Wayne & Bert Baldwin

    For the man that made R&L Auction the fun night out on the town. The fun we had with popcorn & cheese along with the smile from RONNIE when you spent a dollar or two.we’ll always miss that smile on Sat night, but he well always be in are heart for all the days to come. love WAYNE & BERT


    01/08/2008 –

    Phil Schnicke

    I still remember your first year at the track… I never saw anyone do so many doughnuts on a oval track in my life.
    You were never without a smile, Cousin Ronnie you will be sadly missed.


    01/08/2008 –

    richard&david

    we’re both sorry to hear about ronnie’s sudden passing. there’s not much more we can say. except our prayers are with you.


    01/08/2008 –

    Jeni Anderson

    My thoughts are with all of you during this difficult time. I am so sorry.


    01/07/2008 –

    Jeff and Carol Mahlich

    Jeff and I will miss Ronnie. He was a great friend who would do anything he could for you.He will be missed by many.


    01/07/2008 –

    andy

    he was a good father and he kept me in school and he was there for me when i needed him there he is a good man and funny


    01/07/2008 –

    Bruce Hopkins

    Most of my memories are from the race track and all the fun times we had and shared there. Were gonna miss you Ronnie save a place on that big ol’ race track up there for me! Bruce & Kelly


    01/07/2008 –

    Andrea Courtade

    to a very dear more then friend more like family. he was my daughters godfather and much more. will always rember the good trips we all took to races and tractor shows. and all of the fun we had togther as couples always loved to call me children by the order they where born instead of names told me i had to many to rember all thery names. he will be greatly missed and always remberer.
    Love The courted’s Nick Andrea and 7 kids


    01/07/2008 –

    bonita,rex,and bethani

    uncle ronnie you will be missed. my thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time.i will always remember your kindness to everyone. you were a great person and i am glad i had the chance to call you my uncle.you always opened your door to all us kids and you made us feel at home. no matter what life threw your way i always remember your smiling and joking around with all of us.


    01/07/2008 –

    Jackie Hagen

    I will always remember when I first met Ronnie. I was giving his brother and him a puppy. They happended to name the dog Patten. Ronnie was only about 10 maybe 12 at the most. He always treated everyone with the same respect. He was an excellent auctioneer and made for a fun night with his jokes. He loved his family emencely and missed Tammy very much when God called her home. He has two very pretty daughters and a son that he spoke very highly of also. Always at the seen of a fire or with the respond unit whenever Palo had to go out. He will be missed but always remembered.


    01/07/2008 –

    Tara Bowerman

    I know you are not my real uncle but you are very much close to being a real uncle. You played a very important part in us kids lives. You have done so many wonderful things for the community and everyone around you. You are going to be deeply missed and loved but you will never be forgotten. God will take care of you and commend you for everything you have done in your life. I love you uncle Ronnie. Love Tara And Jessica (kids 5 and 6)


    01/07/2008 –

    Keith Monroe

    Very sorry about Ronnie. He was a good guy and will be greatly missed.


    01/07/2008 –

    Barb Mullin

    Am really sorry to here about ronnie. Wish i could be there.You are all in my prayers Ronnie was a good cousin and i loved him very much.
    Love your Cousin Barb


    01/06/2008 –

    Jessica Rowland (Courtade)

    My Heart goes out to everyone. I will truly miss Ronnie. From Everytime I scoop out popcorn at my work (because that is what he loved to come in and get) To when i sit and think about every time he couldn’t figure out what number kid we were. I will defenitaly miss his beautiful smile and never forget how much he cared. Jessica Number 6


    01/06/2008 –

    John and Christina Christiansen


    Mark Williams

    Sorry for your lost. Don’t forget when I got him going on a deal he loved it.


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