Michael J. Schnelker

June 01, 1947 ‒ January 20, 2016

Galion, Ohio

Michael J. Schnelker, 68, of Galion passed away Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at home unexpectedly.

Born June 1, 1947 in Galion, he was the son of the late Myron L. and Elizabeth Jane (Crumb) Schnelker. He married Sally (Kiner) Brennan-Schnelker on October 2, 2002 and she survives.

He was a graduate of Galion High School in 1965 and served with the United States Army during Vietnam. Mike was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Galion and worked as an auto body technician at Weidner Pontiac in Mansfield. He later worked for Otterbacher Trailers in Crestline, the Mansfield foundry of AK Steel and retired from Shelby Tube in 2013.

Mike was a member of AMVETS Galion 1979 and enjoyed fishing and hunting. He loved being on the water enjoying his two Lyman boats.

In addition to his wife he is survived by daughter Elizabeth (Jeremy) Sipes of Canal Winchester; step-daughters Teresa First of Galion and Loretta (Art) Orozco of Richland, North Carolina and sister Jane Schnelker and Chuck Cotsamire of Crestline.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, January 24, 2016 at Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes, 218 South Market St., Galion, Ohio 44833. At the family’s request no services will be held.

Full military honors will be conducted by the United States Army and Galion Crestline Veterans Military Funeral Detail.

Memorial contributions may be made to American heart Association in care of the funeral home.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Mike Schnelker, and condolences may be made to them at www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • What a tremendous loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. Beth, I remember the practical jokes your dad liked to pull. Jennifer and I will always remember your Christmas “surprise “. You will forever have those special memories and great love for your dad! All my best to you Sally and for your great loss as well.

  • Elizabeth I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your
    Dad. He was a very kind man. He will be greatly missed by your family.

  • Words cannot describe how sorry we are for your loss. I worked with Mike at the Tuby. He definitely was quite the character. The stories he told. The practical jokes he played. Always there to lend an ear and vice versa. He got me and I got him. I regret not staying in better contact with him after his retirement. It breaks my heart that I never got to see that old hairy Sasquatch again. He will be truly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
    Till we meet again Mike

  • Jane, I am so sorry to hear about Mike. If you need to talk I am here. You are in my thoughts and prayers along with his wife and children. So , so sorry!


  • Dear Elizabeth Jeremy & family, So very sorry for you loss. My thoughts & sympathy go out to all of you.

  • To the Schnelker and Extended Families,
    Please accept our sympathies and prayers for your loss.
    The Ron Nelson Family

  • I am so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. I first met him when I was a teenager through mutual friends and immediately liked him. He was so funny and he looked out for me like a big brother. We wound up working together at the Emporium (remember that place?) and had an absolute blast.

    To all of Mike’s family, my deepest condolences. May the memory of his love and laughter help you through this difficult time.

    May God bless.

    Mary (Haga) Burk

  • May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.

  • May I extend my condolences to the Schnelker family. I was Mike’s work partner at Arclor Mittle (Tuby) the last 2 years he was there. I enjoyed working with him alot and had many great days on the job with him. I can’t believe he is gone…. I’ll miss him a lot. I had been thinking about him lately and I hadn’t been on Face Book the past couple of week. Went on today to send him a message when I found this. Again I extend my condolences. He will be missed.

  • Sally….our deepest sympathy to you and your family. I am so sorry to hear this news. My thoughts and prayers are with you….Rose and Bob.