Donald Schnoor

Don Eugene Schnoor was  born April 13, 1937, to Alfred and Clara (Van Asperen) Schnoor in Huron, S.D.
Don grew up ranching and graduated from Wessington (S.D.) High School where he was a decorated athlete, holding a state long jump record for many years.
A proud Jackrabbit, he attended South Dakota State University, receiving his degree in Wildlife Management. Active in ROTC throughout college, he ultimately attained the rank of Cadet Commander. Upon graduation, Don went on to proudly serve in the United States Air Force, flying C124s during the Vietnam War.
After his honorable discharge, Don then became a professional pilot for Western Airlines, retiring as a Boeing 767 captain with Delta Airlines. Never forgetting his love of ranching, and horses in particular, Don, along with his wife, Sherry, were the founding partners in Sherdon Ranch Enterprises, eventually relocating the ranch to Custer, S.D., in 1993.
Those lucky enough to know Don knew his charming wit, vast knowledge, engaging storytelling and  selfless generosity. Never without his cowboy hat or his trusty four-legged companions, Don was a regular at the Wrangler, Doug’s, Our Place and the Captain’s Table.
Although Don had many titles: mentor, coach, craftsman, pilot; he was most proud to be a “horseman” and was quick to remind anyone who would listen, that a “title is something that is earned, not granted.” A man of his word, Don often conducted business with a simple handshake, and was the first to lend a hand when needed. He elevated those around him and spent the rest of his life caring for his ranch, animals and those he loved. A man who did it his way.
Don, of Custer, S.D., passed away Feb. 1, 2021, surrounded by his family and friends. He was 83.
He is survived by his wife, Sherry Schnoor of Custer; sons, Steve (Patricia) Schnoor of Draper, Utah, and Scott Schnoor (Julie Jenkins) of Portland, Ore.; daughters, Stacie Schnoor of Dallas, Texas, and Samantha Schnoor (John Thompson) of Orlando, Fla.; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain McCulley’s Funeral Home of Custer.

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