Dennis J. Schnell, 93, Celestine

Dennis J. Schnell, age 93, passed away at 8:27 a.m. on Tuesday, August 18, 2020, at home surrounded by family.

Dennis was born in Celestine, Indiana, on April 25, 1927, to Albert and Cecelia (Herzog) Schnell. He married Shirley Beckman on May 29, 1957, in St. Martin Catholic Church in Siberia, IN.

He served during the Korean War.

After the military, he worked for Breidenbaugh Concrete. He later became a self employed lifelong farmer and worked on the Schnell and Son Sawmill with his father Albert. He also played guitar in various country bands around the Dubois County area.

Dennis was a member of St. Isidore Parish - St. Celestine Catholic Church in Celestine, Indiana, and the American Legion Post #147.

He enjoyed family, farming, and country music. He loved hunting with his coon dogs and spending time with his family and grandchildren.

Surviving are his wife, Shirley Schnell, Celestine, IN; three daughters, Amy (Steve) Kendall, Dale, IN, Rita (Greg) Wargel, Evansville, IN, and Crystal (Jason) Evans, Ferdinand, IN; two sons, Neal Schnell, Celestine, IN, and Lee (Danielle) Schnell, Celestine, IN; 17 grandchildren and 3 great- grandchildren; one brother, Charles Schnell, Jasper, IN; three sisters, Sylvia Cottle, Raleigh, NC, Darlene (Leroy) Frick, Dale, IN, and Judith Schnell, Jasper, IN.

Preceding him in death is one sister, Mary Alice Prechtel, and one son-in-law, Jake V. Kimmel.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Dennis J. Schnell will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 21, 2020, in St. Celestine Catholic Church, in Celestine, Indiana, with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The VFW Post #673 will perform graveside rites.

A visitation will be held from 3:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 20, 2020, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper, Indiana.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Isidore Parish- St. Celestine Catholic Church.

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