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  • Honoring the Life and Dedicated Service of Colonel Dean F. Schnoor

    by Representative Jeff Miller

    Posted on 2013-01-25

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    MILLER of florida in the house of representatives Friday, January 25, 2013 Mr. MILLER of Florida. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the life of Northwest Florida's beloved Colonel Dean F. Schnoor. Colonel Schnoor was a proud resident of Northwest Florida where he retired after serving his nation with honor and distinction.



    Colonel Schnoor was born in the small town of Perry, Iowa on June 3, 1925. Colonel Schnoor's service to his country began with his studies at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. After graduating in 1950, Colonel Schnoor embarked on more than 28 years of faithful service to our great country as an Army officer. During his career, Colonel Schnoor earned a Master's in Public Administration at Shippensburg State College, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania and also graduated from both the Army Command and General Staff College and the Army War College. Colonel Schnoor's outstanding leadership, service and sacrifice contributed significantly in the defense of our nation while assigned to numerous overseas duty locations including the Panama Canal Zone, Puerto Rico, Korea, Germany, and Vietnam.

    In addition to his outstanding leadership as a member of our Armed Forces, Colonel Schnoor was also a devoted leader in the Northwest Florida community. Following Colonel Schnoor's retirement from the Army in 1979, he established and managed a small business called Whispering Pines Christmas Tree Farm in Allentown, Florida. This family-run farm is a treasured institution in Northwest Florida where residents often gather year after year to select their family Christmas tree. Colonel Schnoor's farm also includes a petting zoo with animals such as goats and turkeys which has been cherished by countless families from across the region.

    To some, Colonel Dean Schnoor will be remembered as a patriot, who answered the call of duty on numerous occasions with honor, distinction and bravery. To others, he will be remembered as an integral part of the Northwest Florida community who left behind a lasting legacy. To his family, Colonel Schnoor will always be remembered as a loving husband, devoted father to his children, and as a proud grandfather and great-grandfather. His contributions to our nation, and his community will not be forgotten.

    Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the United States Congress, it gives me great pride to honor the life and service of Colonel Dean F. Schnoor. My wife Vicki joins me in extending our most sincere condolences to Colonel Schnoor's wife, Joyce, his 10 children, 26 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and the entire Schnoor family.

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