Richard Schneider

Richard Schneider ( )

Richard C. "Dick" Schneider, a retired construction manager and railroad buff, died Aug. 7 of cancer at Hospice and Community Care of Mount Joy, Pa. He was 67.

The son of a Defense Department worker and a registered nurse, Richard Carl Schneider was born in Ridley Park, Pa., and raised in Friedensburg, Pa., where he graduated in 1964 from Blue Mountain High School.

He attended Pennsylvania State University for three years before beginning a more than 40-year career in heavy highway construction.

Mr. Schneider spent most of his career with S. J. Groves & Co., which later became I.A. Holdings Co. He had worked on numerous projects, including the Pentagon reconstruction project after it was damaged in the Sept. 11, 2011, terrorist attacks.

His last construction position before retiring from Facchina Construction Co. in 2003 was as project manager for parking lot construction at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

"No matter what Dick's titled position, he always gave an honest day's work for an honest day's pay," said his wife of 43 years, the former Barbara J "Bobby Jo" Morris, a retired Harford County public school teacher.

The couple lived for 17 years in Pylesville before moving to New Park, Pa., nine years ago. When Mr. Schneider was a member of Jerusalem Evangelical Church in Whiteford, he played on the church's softball team.

A lifelong rail fan, Mr. Schneider was a member of the Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad Historical Society, which operates eight miles of track of the old Ma & Pa Railroad between Laurel and Bridgeton in the historic Muddy Creek Valley.

"Dick went up there one day and came home and said they wanted to train him to be a conductor," said Mrs. Schneider, who added that her husband worked on excursion trains.

Mr. Schneider was an active supporter for 25 years of the Mason-Dixon Food Locker program.

A memorial service will be held at noon Friday at the Harkins Funeral Home, 600 Main St., Delta, Pa.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Schneider is survived by two sons, Timothy C. Schneider of Delta and Andrew J. Schneider of New Park; a brother, John R. Schneider of Orwigsburg, Pa.; and two granddaughters.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com