Neal SchreinerJuly 30, 1922 ~ October 24, 2017 (age 95)
Harold Neal Schreiner
Harold Neal Schreiner was born in Ottawa, Kansas on July 30, 1922, the son of Samuel Jonathan Schreiner and Marie Pettit Schreiner of Dallas, Texas. His early education was in the Dallas schools. He attended Baylor University, Waco, and was graduated with a degree in Business Administration and accounting in 1946. While at Baylor, he was a member of a small troupe of student gymnasts who entertained the audiences during the half-time at the basketball games, a member and President of Delta Sigma Pi.
He was a veteran in military service during World War II, serving in the Pacific Theater of operations with the U.S. Army, 773rd Amphibian Tractor Battalion in 1943-1945. He was involved with his unit in establishing beachheads and securing Japanese held islands of Saipan and Tinnian in the Marianas and later at Okinawa, and other small Japanese held islands in the Ryukus: Kokaji, Geruma, Tokashiki and IE Shima. He drove an amphibian tank, carrying the commander and the U.S. flag always leading the unit.
After these years, he returned to Baylor where he met Mary Carpenter, a student from Junction, Texas. They were married at Junction, June 28, 1947.
He began a 37-year career with the Young Men's Christian Association, serving in Wichita Falls, TX, Oklahoma city, OK, and Wichita, KS. He served his last fifteen years with the Longview YMCA and retired in 1986. He continued to be associated with other YMCA executives in his retirement, serving as President of the regional chapter of North American Fellowship of Y Retirees (NAFYR). He was a member of the Longview Kiwanis Club and Past President of the Kiwanis club of Midwest City, OK. His community service through Kiwanis covered 34 years in various cities where he lived. He was involved in many community activities.
In retirement, he developed an interest in art and stained glass. His work in stained glass art hangs in many private homes in Longview, and in several professional offices in the Ft. Worth/Dallas Metroplex. Special memorial windows were designed and installed in the sanctuary of Harleton Methodist Church in 1999. He was involved in the establishment of the Upper Level Artists Co-op of Longview in 1991, later known as Art Gallery 100.
He was an active member of First Baptist church, Longview, where he served as an Adult Sunday School teacher and deacon for 31 years.
Mr. Schreiner is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Mary Carpenter Schreiner of Longview; one daughter, Susan Schreiner White and husband, Dana Howard White of Keller, TX; two sons, Dr. Mark Edward Schreiner and wife, Jean Miller Schreiner of Trophy Club, TX; and Dr. James Morriss Schreiner and wife, Lauri Palmer Schreiner of Colleyville, TX; Mr. Schreiner is also survived by grandchildren, Amy White Johnson of Euless, TX, Scott White of Ft. Worth, TX, Jennifer White of Keller, TX, Samuel and Marie Schreiner of Colleyville, TX; and grandchildren, Laura Miller of Carrolton, TX, Dr. Chris Miller of Mt. Pleasant, TX, and Elizabeth Miller Griffin of Grapevine, TX; and eight great-great-grandchildren; also survived by brother, Stanton I Schreiner of Cold Spring, TX; two sisters-in-law, and several nieces and nephews.
Neal's life was one of loving service to family, community, church and his Lord and Master Jesus Christ.
The family would like to express their love and appreciation to caregivers of Texas Home Health, Visiting Angels, and Heart To Heart Hospice, and his nurse, Kim Haynes.
A Celebration of Life Service for Mr. Schreiner will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, October 27, 2017, First Baptist Church, 209 E. South Street with Rev. Don Connors officiating.
The family will have a time of visitation Thursday, from 5-7 p.m. October 26, 2017, at Welch Funeral Home.