Bernard E. ‘Bernie’ Schnipke, 72, of Delphos, went peacefully to the Lord Tuesday evening, December 7, 2021, with his family at his side.
He was born June 14, 1949, in Cloverdale, to Otto and Alma (Hohlbein) Schnipke, who both preceded him in death. He had been married to Pearl (Sanchez) Schnipke, who survives in Delphos.
Bernie is survived by a son, Jason (Stacy Youtsey) Schnipke of Delphos; daughters, Francie (Brandon) Richards of Chicago and Chelsee Delgado of Delphos; brothers, Nub (Rita) Schnipke of Ottoville, Ron (Mary Jo) Schnipke of Ft. Wayne and Art (Bernice) Schnipke of Ottoville; sisters, Mary Lou (Ron) Rode of Delphos, Jane Schnipke of Delphos and Cindy (Mark) Selhorst of Columbus Grove; sister-in-law, Carolyn Schnipke of Oakwood; and grandchildren, Jaimyson Schnipke, Lincoln Delgado, Anthony Schnipke, Collin Schnipke, Leonardo Delgado II and Jasmine Delgado.
Along with his parents, Bernie was also preceded in death by his brother, Gary Schnipke; and an infant sister, Agnes Schnipke.
Bernie retired from I&K Distributors as a transport driver. He was a very gifted carpenter, always having a carpentry or construction job in the works. Bernie served his country in the United States Army. He was a part of the Delphos Veterans Council conducting military rites for veterans. Bernie was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. He was an avid Indians and Browns fan. Most important to Bernie was the love he had for his family. He dearly loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Bernie was a faithful servant, sharing his faith through prison ministry, teaching CCD, and was an RCIA leader. Bernie reached out and mentored to people with addictions. He took a large roll in Family Promise. In his last efforts, he started a nonprofit organization at the "Oneness Center" to help families in need though Living Branches. Bernie also did mission services, taking truckloads of supplies to Vanceburg, Kentucky and Spencer, West Virginia. For many years he helped decorate St. John's Church for Christmas.
After his retirement, Bernie began working at Weber Funeral Home from day one. It wasn’t a job to Bernie, it was his calling and service for his heart. He was fulfilled by doing prayer services and helping families through a difficult time.
A Funeral Mass will begin at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 11, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Military services will be conducted by Delphos Veterans Council following the service at the church.
Visitation will be from 2:00-8:00 p.m. Friday, at Weber Funeral Home, 1840 E. Fifth St., Delphos, where a Parish Wake Service will be held at 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Habitat for Humanity at www.habitat.org, Gary Sinise Foundation at www.garysinisefoundation.org, or Prison Fellowship at www.prisonfellowship.org. Online condolences may be shared at www.weberfh.net.
To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Bernard E. Schnipke, please visit our floral store.