Obituary: Larry Schnabel |

Obituary: Larry Schnabel

On the evening of April 7, 2013, Larry Schnabel, peacefully and quietly, went into the arms of his loving Father.

Larry was born in Harlan, Iowa, on October 2, 1937 and grew up in Southern California. He attended St. John’s Academy and College in Winfield, Kansas, where, at the age of 14, he met, Ruthie, his wife of 55 years.

They spent the first 15 years of their marriage in Orange County where Larry worked in administration in the insurance industry. Larry and Ruth moved to Tahoe, in 1972, when they purchased a retail store, Butlers of Tahoe.

After selling the business, Larry managed Crystal Dairy and spent the years prior to his retirement as a Farmers Insurance agent. For the past two years, during the summer months, with good humor and a kind heart, he was the parking guru at the Boatworks Mall in Tahoe City.

Larry loved Tahoe, and particularly the Tahoe City Golf Course, where he played golf on an almost daily basis. He loved his golfing buddies, his good friends, good times and especially his family.

He would light up a room with his incredibly clever sense of humor and contagious smile. You could recognize him, by those big soft ears sticking out of his hat, his signature orange sweatshirt, white tube socks, and that famous pipe.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth, his son Michael, of Carnelian Bay, daughter Karen and son-in-law Duane Jakob, of Genoa, NV, his granddaughter, Kyla Mares who lives in Los Angeles, and grandson, Kendall Mares of Sparks, NV, step-grandsons Derek and Jake Jakob of Reno, NV, his sister, Connie Gilliam of Thousand Oaks, CA and his brother Terry Schnabel of Tustin, CA and many nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, May 4, at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Tahoe City followed by a gathering, to remember Larry, at the Tahoe City Golf Course.

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