Wesley Paul Schneider, 92, of Bottineau, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, in a Bottineau hospital.
Wesley Paul Schneider, a son of Peter and Elizabeth (Koch) Schneider, was born Dec. 27, 1920, at Dunseith. He was reared and educated in the Dunseith area. Wes was the ninth of 12 children six boys and six girls. Growing up on a farm by Dunseith, they learned to entertain themselves with music; Wes could play accordion, violin, harmonica and guitar at a very early age. After his education he worked on the family farm. Wes began working for Pride Dairy in Dunseith in the early '40s taking a year off to work for a farmer in Grand Forks and then returning to Pride Dairy in Bottineau from which he retired in 2007. In 1944 he was married to Evelyn Hiatt. They had five children. Evelyn died in 1963. In 1972 he married Ovidia Forde Sletten. They have resided in Bottineau since.
He was a great jokester with a quick wit. He loved fishing, hunting, woodworking and gardening, growing enough to provide for lots of canning and to give to family and friends. Wesley was a member of United Parish in Bottineau.
He is survived by: his wife of 40 years, Ovidia; his children, Paul, Allan, Dale (Les), Diane Sedlack, Pamela (Bob) Ryan; and stepchildren, Ruth (Ron) Gust, Barb (Mike) Davis, Karen (Larry) Larson, and John (Judy) Sletten; 17 grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren; his sister, Dorothy Hardy.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; 10 brothers and sisters; and stepdaughter, Nancy Steigerwalt, and her husband, Chester.
Funeral service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 10 a.m. in the United Parish.
Burial will be at the Oak Creek Cemetery in the spring.
Visitation will be today, Friday, from 1 to 9 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m., all in Nero Funeral Home, Bottineau.
Friends may sign the online register at (www.nerofuneralhome.net).