Nate Schnellenberger, 68, Jasper

Nate Schnellenberger, 68, of Jasper, died Saturday, June 15, 2019, at the in-patient hospice unit of Norton Hospital in Louisville, Ketnucky.

Nate was born February 25, 1951, and grew up in St. Henry. He graduated from Holland High School in 1969 and later from Oakland City College. He obtained his master’s degree from Indiana University.

In a life dedicated to education, he touched thousands of lives through the classroom, coaching and his work with the Indiana State Teachers’ Association.

Nate taught science, physical education and drivers’ education at Forest Park Junior/Senior High School in Ferdinand. He coached JV boys’ basketball at FPHS and later was head coach of the varsity squad. He also coached eighth grade girls’ basketball. Prior to that, Nate taught at Orleans Junior-Senior High School in Orleans where he coached freshman boys’ basketball and cross-country.

He began his work with ISTA in 1987 while still teaching at FPHS and left the classroom in 2007 when he was elected the association’s president. He served in that capacity for two three-year terms. His other work with ISTA included 2016-2019 Board of Directors as retired representative, 2013-2016 chair of the Governance Committee, 2005-2007 representative on the NEA Board of Directors, 1999-2005 Treasurer, 1994-1999 Board of Directors and his first appointment in 1987 to the Governance Committee on the leadership subcommittee.

A week ago, ISTA leadership renamed their Pacesetter Award the Nathan J. Schnellenberger Pacesetter Award. His service and dedication will be remembered through this award.

An avid runner, Nate participated in marathons including those in Chicago and Boston as well a many local events. Nate loved to work out, swim, bike and walk.

He was a huge fan of the Atlanta Braves, Indianapolis Colts and University of Louisville women’s basketball.

Nate loved to travel, especially to the Dominican Republic, and to spend time with his family on St. George Island in Florida.

He believed in getting things done and living life to the fullest and this included checking off everything on his bucket list.

Nate is survived by Beth, his wife of almost 44 years; daughter Emily (Scott) Reed, Otwell, IN; son Ryan (Tara) Schnellenberger, Huntington, AR; eight grandchildren; brother Allen (Shari) Schnellenberger, Williamsville, IL; sister-in-law Alma “Jeanie” Schnellenberger, Clarksville, IN; nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents Albert Schnellenberger, Margaret Schnellenberger Seidl and Arthur Seidl; brothers Jerry, Joe, Charles and Othmar Schnellenberger; sisters Marilyn Dixon, Sharon Burke, Mildred Schats and Marie VanWinkle.

Nate’s immediate family will gather this week to celebrate his life. There will be a public celebration of life at a later date.

Becher Funeral Home, Ferdinand, is in charge of arrangements.

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