On October 10, 2013, my father, Larry Schindler, left planet earth to join his beloved wife Pat for their next adventures. Larry was a graduate of Omak High School in 1961. He went on to college at the University of Washington. He and his wife Pat returned to Omak to raise a family. He worked for the Department of Social and Health Services for many years. His life was beautifully lived. He was a “white knight” to his wife, Pat, for the many years of their marriage, until her passing in 2003. He shared with many, the bounty of the amazing vegetables he raised. He cared for his granddaughters in many ways. He took the time to home-school his granddaughter, Athena, during her high school years. He was wise. Those who knew him sought his counsel on everything from planting, recipes and politics, to how to live one’s life with honor. He shared his love for the written word with all. He cared for all the creatures with whom he came in contact. He spent his life caring for his own pets and adopting those who had no other homes. He cared for wild animals and birds that were in need as well. They were all fortunate to receive great love and gentleness in his wise care.
Larry is survived by his daughter, Laurie Peterson nee Schindler; and by his big brother, David and wife, Ruby; his nephew, Kurt; and niece, Cherese. He shared his love of science and philosophy with his granddaughter, Ashleigh. They shared a love of debate. Ashleigh and her husband, Roger, are in a quest to reach for the stars. He spent many hours sharing and teaching his wisdom and love for all things beautiful, with his granddaughter Athena. She and her daughter Arianna are continuing his path of wisdom and making the world beautiful and peaceful. His great-grandsons: Alex Thomas, Caleb Green, Ethan Green, Liam Lemmon and Hayden Lemmon together say “Be Seeing You, Grandpa Sir”.
Family is sometimes not just those to whom you are related. Dad is survived by his friends as well. His true friend over many decades, Don Weitman, was there when in counted, to share stories and garden work and to ride the rough times. His friends and family, Richard and Sandy Holeman, were not just in-laws, they were
friends. He has enjoyed and been happy to live next to good friends Erwood and Barbara Brown for over 47 years. They shared raising young families, empty nests, retirement and grandchildren, for these many years. The family would like to thank neighbors, Darrell and Launie McCarty for being good neighbors, in times of good fortune and misfortune.
ln memory of my dad I ask you to be wise in your living and kind to those around you, as dad demonstrated every day of his life. Please remember him by growing something yummy or beautiful and sharing it with others. Best of all, to remember his life, be kind to all creatures. He cared for them all, even when it was not easy to do so. We miss you, dad. Thank you for modeling a wonderful way to live.
There will be a private family Memorial Service.
Precht-Harrison-Nearants Chapel is entrusted with the arrangements.