Roland Schnabel


January 9, 1936 - July 22, 2019


Roland Schnabel, age 83, of Emery, SD, died July 22, 2019.

Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Saturday, July 27, 2019, at Grace Reformed Church in Mitchell.  Burial will be in Zion Reformed Cemetery in Menno, SD.  Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Friday at Bittner Funeral Chapel with a prayer service at 7:00 PM.

Roland Alvin Schnabel was born on January 9, 1936, to Edna & Reinhold Schnabel in Emery, SD.  He was baptized @ Hope Reformed Church in rural Emery on February 16, 1936, by Reverend Kurtz.  He also gave profession of faith with confirmation by Rev. William Korn @ Zion Reformed Church in Menno.  His confirmation vs was Psalm 46:1. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Mature beyond his years, he began his lifelong career of farming at the age of 12 when his father became blind.  At age 20, Roland enlisted in the U.S. Army from August 1956 until August 1958 serving our country as a Private First Class. 

Besides farming, his passions included hunting, golfing and baseball.  Roland expressed his appreciation for the land by living a life of always giving back to the land more than he took from it.  Through his fertilizer business, he continuously researched better ways of maintaining well-balance soils.  Roland’s favorite time of year was always calving season as he took great satisfaction in watching the newborn calves playing in the pasture.  He equally enjoyed the harvest reaping the rewards from the growing season.  Operating the combine was one of his most rewarding things he enjoyed.  Besides being a sure-shot with his 30-30 and a consistent straight ball hitter on the golf course, he enjoyed many years of playing baseball—both in the Army as well as Emery’s town team. 

On June 10, 1957, he married his sweetheart, Gloria Holzwarth at the Johannesthal Reformed Church in rural Freeman.  They shared their love of farming throughout their 62 years of marriage!

Roland was a member of Zion Reformed Church in Menno, SD, where he served as Sunday School teacher and elder.  Later, Roland and Gloria became members of Grace Reformed Church in Mitchell, SD.

He was a wonderful, loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather who left a profound legacy of his character and faith to his family, friends and business associates.

He is survived by his wife, Gloria of 62 years, children Kevin (Christi) Schnabel of Emery, SD; Dawn (Shawn) Hodges of Rapid City, SD; and Tim (Kim) of Rapid City, SD; Daughter-in-law Diane (Duane) Schnabel Walters of Freeman, SD; 13 grandchildren: Tracey (Brian) Mehlhaff of Scotland, SD; Travis Schnabel and fiancé Nicole of Freeman, SD; Jennifer (Tom) Savage of Lennox, SD; Jeff (Samantha) Schnabel of Volin, SD; Natalie (Luke) Mushitz of Iowa City, IA; Elizabeth (Drew) Waltner of Sioux Falls, SD; Tara (Josiah) Smith of Greenville, SC; Ben Hodges of Rapid City, SD; Kaity (Adam) Couture of Rapid City, SD; Savannah Brown of Rapid City, SD; Halsey Schnabel of Minneapolis, MN; Parker & Preston Schnabel of Rapid City, SD.

He is also survived by 13 dearly loved great grandchildren: Asher, Aiden, Aurora, Jacob, Noah, Aubrie, Zoe, Allison, Kathryn, Huxley, Paityn, Raien & Grayson as well as his sister Laverna (Leroy) Orth of Ames, IA.

He was preceded in death by his beloved son, Corey, his parents Reinhold & Edna Schnabel, brother LeRoy Schnabel, and grandson Richard Schnabel, brother-in-law John Holzwarth, brother-in-law Harris Hofer, sister-in-law Norma Chamberlain and brother-in-law Tom Chamberlain.


Friday, July 26, 2019
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Prayer Service at 7:00 PM

Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave.
Mitchell, SD 57301


Saturday, July 27, 2019
10:30 AM
Grace Reformed Church
1021 S Davison St
Mitchell, SD 57301


Zion Reformed Cemetery
Menno, South Dakota

Posted by Mal and Marsha Knopf on July 27, 2019
We are thinking of you with our deepest sympathy at your loss. You are in our hearts and prayers.
Posted by Mark and Carol Limberg on July 27, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Roland will be remembered for his smile, friendliness, and love for the Lord.
Posted by Sherri Meine on July 26, 2019
I was so saddened to hear about Roland (aka My favorite farmer) My thoughts and prayers are with you. Let memories of the times you shared give you comfort, for his life was rich because of you.”
Posted by DONALD R. HERRMANN on July 26, 2019
Posted by Doug and Judy Mehlhaff on July 25, 2019
So sorry. Our prayers and love to your entire family. Roland was so proud of everyone.
Posted by Merlin and Sandy Koerner on July 25, 2019
Gloria and family, we send our sympathy to you all at this sad time.
Posted by Hank & Patty Bowen on July 24, 2019
We have such great memories of playing cards on New Years Eve. Our prayers go out for those left behind and we rejoice that Roland Is now with his Heavenly Father.
Posted by Vern & Dawn Schrader on July 24, 2019
Our thoughts & prayers go out to the entire Schnabel family for your loss.
Posted by Dan Haeder on July 24, 2019
Gloria and all of your family, you are in my thoughts and prayers. It is certain that Roland is enjoying our Lord's company and patiently waiting for the grand reunion to come. I love and miss you all..
Posted by NADINE JUHNKE on July 24, 2019
Posted by Kevin and Patty Vaughn on July 23, 2019
Gloria and Family,
We were saddened to hear about Roland's death. Our prayers are with all of you.
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