Mike Schnitker

Died: Mon., Jan. 26, 2015


Celebration of Life

2:00 PM Sat., Jan. 31, 2015
Location: Crane Fellowship Church


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Michael Lynn Schnitker was born March 15, 1956, in Seattle, Wash. He was the first born of Darrell and Billee (Jacoby), and was the life of the party from that point on. As a young boy, Mike moved a bit because his dad was in the military, but eventually, the family settled in Gooding, Idaho. Mike became a big brother and fulfilled the role with gusto. Holly and Julie took equal parts of love and torment.

Mike was an animal lover from the start. He would recount numerous stories of being on his grandfather’s ranch in Twin Falls, Idaho. Great Grandpa Schnitker took Mike under his wing and fostered a love of cattle, horses, and anything else cowboy. Mike excelled in FFA, and soon learned he had a knack for dogs, especially Australian Shepherds.

Mike met and married Donna (Morris) in 1975 on Dec. 27. The two had only been dating for three months, but he knew he found the one. Soon after, they welcomed Katy and Justin. Not long after becoming a family of four, Mike got a call to manage a ranch in Burns and the family relocated.

Burns quickly burrowed deep in Mike’s blood. He put his heart and soul into ministry at the Nazarene Church and many were blessed by his guitar playing and his big laughter.   As his roots grew deeper, Mike expanded his ministry and found himself pastoring the Crane Fellowship. In fact, the building of the church was one of Mike’s greatest joys. His kids often recount that every conversation included a report on church happenings from Pastor Mike.

If you knew Mike, you knew he also loved dogs and cows. His small herd of Charolais was something that he was very proud of, and he loved to watch the babies being born each year. He also never traveled anywhere without one of his Aussies.  The dogs were his constant companions and it was not uncommon to see his favorite curled up at his feet at night.

Mike loved people and he loved his family. His tough exterior instantly melted as soon as he was around any of his grandchildren. He was “Noosh” to Gracie and Finnley Turpen and “Pappy” to Ayden and Jaxstin Schnitker. Regardless of who was calling him, he adored the role of grandpa and loved taking the kids for ranger and tractor rides.

Mike was known for being bigger than life, and he will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his mother, Billee Schnitker; sister, Holly (Mark) Sabala; wife, Donna Schnitker; children, Katy (Kyle) Turpen and Justin (Kierra) Schnitker; and his grandchildren, Ayden, Jaxstin, Gracie and Finnley.

He was preceded in death by his father, Darrell Schnitker; and sister, Julie Coates.

To honor Mike, donations may be made to Crane Fellowship or Adventure in Life Ministries: http://www.ailministry.org/

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Connie Strohmeyer
   Posted Wed January 28, 2015
So sorry to hear of Mike's death. I'm glad I had a chance to visit with him when I was there last summer. In reflecting about him, it was a joy to be around him. I can hear his booming voice shouting in heaven, "Is that ___? It's so good to see you!" He will be greatly missed but will not be forgotten.
Connie Strohmeyer

Karen & Dwight Ramer, Oakes Ranch - Ironside,OR
   Posted Thu January 29, 2015
So sorry to hear about Mike. It won't seem right pregging cattle without him teasing everyone, helping us out, and keeping things going smoothly. He will be in our thoughts often when we're around those corrals, especially. He gave a lot of himself to all those around him - a wonderful legacy not many accomplish. Our prayers to the family and especially to the grandkids with too short of memories of him.

Suzi Petersen
   Posted Fri January 30, 2015
I am so sorry. Mike was such a special man. When I lived in Burns he helped us (Petersen Brothers) preg cows each fall. Always a smile, always laughing. In later years when ever I say him always friendly with a good word for all. I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers.

Pat Brewster-Freeborn
   Posted Sat January 31, 2015
Dear God,
Thank you so much and I am so Grateful that you brought Mike and Donna into my life so many years ago. Amen Mike, I will miss our dog talks, dairy cow talks but most of all I will miss you praying with me at the drop of a hat, anywhere and any time. So it is up to us one and all to follow that example, to stop and pray at the drop of the hat, when the mood strikes us, with anyone willing to get down on bended knee. To express our Gratitude to those that touch our lives, for God putting them in our presents. Jesus, take the wheel. See you when I get home. Loving prayers to you all

Shawn & Jodel Thatcher
   Posted Tue February 03, 2015
Donna, Just heard and Jodel and I are so sorry for your loss. Meeting Big Mike at STEPS was one of the true blessings of our life. I am so grateful for all his encouraging words, for all the laughter and for his unwavering commitment to the Word of God.
He may be a cow man, but God called him to shepherd and he did both with great love and passion.
He is celebrating with His Lord now and telling stories like always. Mike I am glad that you have gone home and until we meet again. Thanks brother for being faithful.
Shawn & Jodel

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