Thomas Edward Schneider

Thomas Edward Schneider, 57, died unexpectedly Sep. 25, 2015. He was born in Midland to Tom and Patricia Schneider. He is the twin brother of Pat Schneider of Marfa and Alpine and brother-in-law of Presidio County Agent Jesse Schneider. At the age of 13, the family moved to the ranch near Eagle Pass. It is here that he developed a love of ranching. He graduated from Eagle Pass High School in 1976. He continued his education at Texas A&M University where earned a Bachelor of Science degree. He later earned his Master's degree in International Business from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Phoenix. After graduation from college, he and his brother formed Double S Partnership. They ran a successful cattle ranching operation in the Big Bend Area for many years. He was a linguist. He was fluent in English, Spanish, and Russian. He used his mastery of the Spanish language to develop an Import/Export business based in Midland. While on a buying trip to Mexico, he met the love of his life, Ana. They were married on Nov. 8, 1997, in Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico. They began their married life in Midland where he joined his father in the oil and gas industry. Together they ran Topat Oil Corporation. Although their primary focus was in the Permian Basin, they also looked into other markets as far reaching as Siberia. He was an entrepreneur who was always looking for other avenues in the Permian Basin. He was an avid runner. He served as president of the Permian Basin Road Runners for several years, both planning and competing in marathons. He qualified for and competed in the Boston Marathon. He loved to travel and passed that passion onto his daughter. He was a proud and caring father. He always challenged his daughter to set her goals high. He could not have been more proud of the fine young woman that Kelsi had become. He was a caring person who always had a kind word for everyone. He was always willing to help anyone in need. He was preceded in death by his father, Tom Schneider, and his mother, Patricia C. Schneider. He is survived by his wife, Ana, and daughter, Kelsi; his twin brother, Patrick Schneider and wife Jesse of Marfa and Alpine; brother, Brian Schneider; sister, Maggie Snow and husband Billy and their daughter Danielle; sister, Molly Clark and husband Reb, and their three sons Seth, Duncan, and Cooper; and sister, Laura Riley and husband Rob. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Maria Elenena Ponce de Leon; sister-in-law Leticia Ramirez and husband Martin Rangel; brothers-in-law, Arturo Ramirez and wife Griselda, Marco Ramirez and wife Candelaria, Hector Ramirez and wife Rosario and Guillermo Ramirez and wife Fabiola; nephews, Edgar Rangel, Oscar Rangel, Guillermo Rangel, Adrian Ramirez, and Guillermo Ramirez; and nieces, Carolina Ramirez and Lucero Ramirez. A rosary was at St. Stephens Catholic Church. A celebration of life was Oct. 1 at St. Stephens Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Midland Christian School 2001 Culver Midland 79705 or St. Stephens Catholic Church 4601 Neely Avenue Midland 79707.
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