Herman Edward Schnidrig

October 13, 1930 – July 23, 2021
In Loving Memory ~
A funeral will be held at St. Mary Magdalene “The Madeleine” Parish on February 18, 2023, at 11 a.m. for Herman E. (“Herm” or “Herk”) Schnidrig who died July 23, 2021, at the age of 90. The funeral will be live streamed, with the live link available 15 minutes before the Mass is to start. To watch and listen, go to:
www.youtube.com/themadeleineparish
Herk was born in Trail, B.C., to Joseph Herman “Herman” Schnidrig and Olga Schnidrig neĆ© Watzlawec. While skiing in Red Mountain, B.C. in 1954, he met the love of his life, Winefride “Winnie” Bourchier. He graduated from Washington State College (now University) in 1954 with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Herk immigrated to Portland, Oregon in 1955, received his Professional Engineer license in 1958, and became a U.S. citizen in 1962. He was very driven, working his way through the ranks to Vice-President of Manufacturing by the 1970s.
Herk enjoyed a number of athletic activities over the years, ranging from football to racquet sports to bicycling and hiking, but skiing was always at the top of the list. Another favourite pastime was bicycling and other recreation with his “Over the Hill Gang” group.
He greatly enjoyed annual sno-cat ski trips to the Selkirk mountains in B.C. Herk skied well into his late 70s, biked until his early 80s, and hiked until his late 80s. He relaxed at his Mt. Hood cabin, where he often hiked, and by visiting friends and family in BC.
Charming and charismatic, Herk was always a taskmaster, and became a bit of a curmudgeon, with a well-hidden soft side, as he aged. He was a daily visitor to his wife during her very long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was a strict parent, but his children learned their love of a wide variety of music and social dancing from him.
Herk was survived by his children, Veronica Schnidrig (Bruce Bailey), Eric Schnidrig, Michael Schnidrig, and Matthew Schnidrig, 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and his beloved cocker Spaniel, Molly.
He was predeceased by his wife, Winnie, his daughter Christine LaBore, and a grandson, Daniel Schnidrig.


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