Austin R. Schneider — November 2, 1944 – December 16, 2016​

It is with great sorrow that we share the loss of our beloved Mr. Schneider.  He was a generous and caring man who dedicated his life the Mercer County District Libraries and the communities they served.  He loved our staff like his family and we will all miss him deeply.


Mr. Austin R. Schneider passed away on December 16, 2016.
It’s hard to put into words how I feel, how we all feel,
a great sense of loss, broken-hearted, grief.

He was the boss for quite a long time for most of us, our friend, a second father
to some.  He had a large, caring heart, a man who put others before himself and helped out each of his staff & board members as much as he was able.

Mr. Schneider was in the forefront in helping our libraries be the best in the communities they served.  He established branches in those communities as they were needed.
While not the most tech savvy man, he made sure he hired people who were to help bring our library into the computer age.
He encouraged us as staff to go that extra mile for our patrons by following his example.  He didn’t mind spending extra time with those who needed help.

He was a private man.  It was sometimes hard to get things out him unless he was ready to talk about whatever was on his mind.
For years, he loved planning our staff Christmas parties.  He certainly enjoyed himself, especially when he got hold of a microphone. You couldn’t get it away from him.

I know for myself, and I believe for the rest of our staff, as well, we are who we are as librarians, because of Mr. Schneider’s influence in sharing his philosophy of what our library should be to our community.

He will be missed by Kaye, family, our library board, our library staffs, and others in the library community. But he will be remembered as a kind, caring man.

Here’s to you Mr. Schneider.

We will carry on.

~Vicki DeBolt, Associate Director


Austin RSchneider age 72, of Cridersville, died Friday Dec. 16, 2016 at his residence. He was born Nov. 2, 1944 to the late Henry and Christiena Elizabeth Reidenbach Schneider. He married J. Kaye Gossett June 17, 1967 and she survives in Cridersville.

Austin was a life member of Western Ohio Gun Club and graduated from Roseville High School and attended Wayne State University and graduated from University of Michigan with a masters in Library Science. He had also served in the U. S. Army Reserves. Austin had retired in 2014 from the Mercer County District Library where he had served as director for 42 years. He was instrumental in expanding the Library and adding branches in Marion Township, St. Henry and Mendon. He currently was serving as Chief Fiscal Officer.

Additional survivors include a brother Alvin Schneider of Rice Lake, Wisconsin and several nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by a brother Dr. Aaron Schneider.

Kaye will receive friends 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 28 at Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Cridersville. The funeral will follow at 3 with Pastor Jon Exman officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Holly Gardens near St. Clairsville, Ohio.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Mercer County District Library.

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