Raymond T. Schneider, 81, Vero Beach

Raymond T. Schneider, 81, died Dec. 28, 2010, at his home in Vero Beach.

He was born and raised Catholic in Cincinnati, Ohio, and lived in Florida since 1965.

He graduated from University of Cincinnati with a degree in chemical engineering and worked briefly for the Atomic Energy Commission after which he served in the U. S. Army during the Korean War.

After the war, Schneider worked for over forty years as a process and project engineer in the design and construction of chemical plants for the mineral acid phosphate and nitrogen fertilizers, beverage and fuel alcohol, mineral processing, flue gas desulfurization and uranium processing.

He was a well known and respected technical expert in his fields.

He holds three patents relating to those industries.

Always eager to advance his chosen profession, he was a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and served as the chairman of the Central Florida Section of the AIChE in 1971-1972.

He was awarded the Engineer of the Year In 1979.

Schneider’s passion outside his family and work was photography.

An avid student of the photographic process his whole life, he was a member of the Indian River Photo Club and received many awards for his photographs of birds of Florida.

He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Mary Jo and their five children, Rita, Ruth, Joe, Peggy, Carol, and numerous grandchildren.

Schneider always celebrated life while he lived it and wanted everyone else to do the same.

A celebration of his life service and Mass will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the VNA/Hospice Foundation, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960.

Arrangements are under the direction of Cox-Gifford-Seawinds Funeral Home and Crematory, Vero Beach, Florida.

Condolences may be sent through www.seawindsfh.com/obit.php

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