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Gailen "Geig" Schneider

May 12, 1950 — February 26, 2024

Hebron

A Funeral Service for Gailen “Geig” Schneider, 73, of Hebron will be held at 11:00 CT, Friday, March 1, 2024 at the First Congregational Church in Hebron with Pastor Marcy Dawson officiating. Burial will follow at the First Congregational Cemetery.

Visitation will begin an hour prior to the service at the church. 

Geig passed away Monday, February 26, 2024 at Sanford Health in Bismarck.

Gailen (Geig) Schneider was born May 12, 1950 to Emil and Martha (Staiger) Schneider and has two siblings, Diane Schneider (Dave) and Dallas Schneider (Ruth). He was raised on a farm southwest of Hebron. He attended a country school for two years near the south farm and moved closer to Hebron where he graduated from Hebron Public School. Geig attended two years of college in Wahpeton on wiring (electrician). After college he came home to help his Dad farm and ranch.

Geig is survived by his wife Linda; two sons, Tye (Kimberly) Schneider, Nathen Schneider all of Hebron; two daughters, Lacey (Brandon) Koenig of Woodworth, Trish Schneider of Mott; foster kids: Anne, Dreamy & Breezy Morin, Teea & Ramon Torres of Hebron, Annie Hutzenbiler & Chris Young of Dickinson, Sky & Sara Neubauer of Elgin; grandkids: Cedar, Saige, Briggs & Bridger Koenig, Jamison Comer, Xavier, Aleeana, Annica & Isiah Torres, Novah Neubauer and Zoey Young.

Geig and Linda were married in 1980 and settled on a farm southwest of Hebron. There for the past 43 years, they had three children, grew small grains, raised cattle, chickens, a few pigs and even buffalos. His greatest life joy was creating memorable farm experiences for his children, grandchildren and foster kids.

He served multiple terms as a school board member, church board member, Credit Union board member, 4-H Leader, member of the Rolling Hills Snowmobile Club, Boy Scout Leader, drove extracurricular bus for the Hebron Public School, drove bus for the First Congregational Church and worked to enhance the First Congregational Church cemetery.

Geig and Linda became foster parents in 2002 and they very much loved every child that came to live and leave their home. He loved it when he could joke with them, teach them farming and ranching skills. They adopted Nathen in 2020.

He had a love for reading and cooking especially new recipes. Geig had a gift of being able to talk to anyone he came in contact with, nobody was ever a stranger for very long. He filled the room with his laughter and witty one-liners.

In lieu of flowers Geig's family suggests donations be made to Nexus-Path Family Healing. https://www.nexusfamilyhealing.org/make-donation

Memories From Gieg's Family

As we thought about what to share, SO many stories were told, SO much laughter was had and now more
memories were made. The most common thing that came to mind when we talk about dad is “smartalec”
haha just kidding, but it truly was laughter. His sense of humor will never be forgotten, by anyone. From
the random gal at the gas station to the most familiar face at home, he always had a knack to make them
laugh . Heck, even the ambulance and ED crew on his first ever visit to the ER last week, he was still
making them laugh. It did not matter if you were having the best day of your life or the worst day of your
life, he could make you laugh. We don’t know if we have any memories of dad that have a lick of
seriousness in them (well maybe as teenagers, but heck, we were teenagers! ;) ).
From short-sheeting the beds on family trips, to setting up chairs with canner kettles on them so when us
kids would have a “late night” it would sound like a damn fire alarm went off when we walked in the door
and ran into them…in the dark…in the wee hours of the night…it was always followed by a few choice
words from us kids and many giggles coming from their bedroom as we walked by to go to bed. Then the
next morning, it never failed, 6am it was time to go pick chokecherries. Chokecherries? Really Dad?? I
don’t know if any of you have ever picked chokecherries on a 90 degree day after a “late night”…let’s just
say he was laughing the entire time. Although, mom had the last laugh one day when they were at
Runnings. She thought she’d be funny and pretend to hot shot dad right where it counts. Turns out, those
hot shots sometimes hold a charge! That is one of the memories Trish will never forget, as she got to see
the whole thing and probably had the biggest laugh of them all!
Dad’s relationship with GPS was rather “special” Tye recalls. He says when Dad would call and need help
setting it up, by the time he got there Dad was just sweating he so mad at that damn screen! He truly had a
love of farming, especially with his son. So many memories that will never be forgotten. Lacey recalls
tearing down fence with her dad for days at the south farm, which does not sound like much fun, but those
are some of her best memories she will cherish forever. He taught her how to work hard and enjoy every
minute of it.
We could be here all weekend sharing memories of Dad, so let’s go move to the Community Building, tell
stories and have some lunch because I think we actually booked it for the whole weekend! Haha just
kidding! But, we would love to hear all your stories. And not just today, but in the weeks, months and years
to come! Let’s keep that laughter going for Dad. He would want that. We will miss you , more than we
could ever imagine Dad. At least now we know that there will never be a dull moment up in Heaven. You
take care up there and give everyone a big hug from us! Till we see you again, we love you.
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Visitation

Friday, March 1, 2024

10:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

First Congregational Church

231 N Elm Street, hebron, ND 58638

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Friday, March 1, 2024

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

First Congregational Church

231 N Elm Street, hebron, ND 58638

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