Schneider, Phillip "If you are reading this, my plane went down" is what Phillip Schneider often said. His time ended by natural causes on March 12, 2018. Preceded in death by his mother, Anna; father, Frank; brothers Frank Jr., Matthew, and Joseph; sisters Barbara and Katherine Brain; sisters-in-law June, Renee, Astrid, Arlene; and brother-in-law Robert Brain. He is survived by son Drew (Tanette); grandsons Gabriel and Evan; brothers George (Joan), Nick, Carl (Jean); sister Rosemarie Ramirez (Rudy); and special friend Carmen Lidia Rivarola, in addition to many nieces, nephews and cousins and friends around the world. After graduating valedictorian from South St. Paul High School in 1958, he graduated from the University of Minnesota magna cum laude with an emphasis in political science. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army to study Russian at the Monterey Defense Language Institute followed by mostly serving in West Germany. After not quite three years, he entered graduate/language studies at Indiana University and its Slavic and Eastern European Institute. In 1966 he then joined the FBIS (Foreign Broadcast Information Service), the Central Intelligence Agency's translation and communication wing, providing urgent and real time translations of foreign media items to the White House. He never second guessed his 27 year-career with the CIA that had assignments on every continent except Australia and Antarctica. He was not an agent; rather he started out as an analyst in headquarters, Okinawa, Vienna, and London, working his way up to chief of various bureau locations, Paraguay, Ivory Coast, Israel, Jordan, ending in reestablishing the Moscow Bureau in 1992-1993 when he retired. After taking some time off, he eventually joined Securian in 1999 retiring in 2012. A celebration of life will be held May 19 place to be determined. BRADSHAW 651-489-1349

Published on April 15, 2018

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