Lavern “Skeet” Schneider and Ellen Brainard were married June 14, 1958, at First Church of the Nazarene in Newton.


Lavern “Skeet” Schneider and Ellen Brainard were married June 14, 1958, at First Church of the Nazarene in Newton.

They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a dinner hosted by their children at the Brookville Hotel Restaurant in Abilene.

Skeet and Ellen have lived in Hesston since 1959. Skeet worked for King Construction and King Motor Co. In 1969, he co-owned J and S Auto Repair. In 1977, the business, now solely owned by Skeet and Ellen, became Skeet’s Repair. Ellen served as secretary and bookkeeper. They retired the business in 2004.

Their children are Ron and Jeana Schneider of Hesston, Valerie Schneider and John Dowling of Phoenix, and Cheryl and Bryan Kristenson of Newton.

Their grandchildren are Clint and Jessica Schneider of Hesston, Rachelle Schneider of Lawrence and Scott Kristenson of Newton.

They have two great-grandchildren, Angelica and Leonard Schneider of Hesston.