He was born April 26, 1932, in Hominy, Okla., the son of Garrett Lawrence and Lillian Oriole Reasoner Schnichels.
He married Virginia Malson on June 9, 1965. They later divorced.
He married Goldie Huff on Jan. 2, 1991.
David served in the United State Air Force and Army for over 20 years before becoming an Industrial Arts teacher in Hume and Metz, Mo. His many jobs also included running a Backhoe and Trenching business as well as working as a carpenter.
He retired from both the active military and the National Guard.
His passion was the outdoors, with many camping trips filling his leisure time. He also enjoyed gardening, woodworking and raising cats.
Survivors include his wife Goldie of the home, two sons, David C. Schnichels and wife Karen, and Glen Schnichels and wife Stacey, all of Fort Scott.
Surviving from his first marriage to Virginia are two sons, Terry Marsh, Fort Scott, and Larry Marsh, Pueblo, Colo.; and three daughters, Vicky Harrington, Tulsa, Okla.; Brenda Kness, Girard, Kan., and Lucile Lord, Uniontown, Kan.
Also surviving is a step-daughter, Sandy Duren and friend Jeff Chaplin, Fort Scott, and one sister Elfie Schnichels, Fort Scott.
David has 27 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Norval and Stanley Schnichels, one sister, Margaret Ellen Frans, and one great-grandson, Hunter Lyon.
Pastor Chris Bowman will conduct funeral services at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, in the Cheney Witt Chapel.
Burial will follow in the U. S. National Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 5 till 7 p.m. in the Cheney Witt Chapel.
Memorials are suggested to the David Schnichels Memorial Fund and may be sent to Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott.
Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.