SPRINGFIELD — A celebration of life for Ernest Harold “Budd” Schoenfeld, Jr. who died May 7, 2012 after suffering a stroke and was blessed to have the comfort of his family by his side, were held May 12 at The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd.
He was born October 1, 1927, son of Ernest and Mildred (Day) Schoenfeld in Springfield. He was one of four children, Sylvia Cry of Sparks, NV., Mary Ellen Abbiati of Paradise Valley, Calif., and Bette Codding (deceased.)
Budd was an Army veteran of WWII. In 1947, he came to Reno and attended the University of Nevada where he was a member of the ski team. While racing for Nevada he was awarded The Best Skier at a race in Banff, Canada. He also won the prestigious Silver Dollar Derby at Sugar Bowl among many others. He raced in alpine events and was a well-noted jumper.
Budd and his late brother-in-law, Hal Codding were ski school directors at Sky Tavern in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s. In 1958 with his creative ingenuity and interest in snowmaking he, with the backing of Hal Codding and Jerry Wetzel cleared a portion of Rattlesnake Mountain, made artificial snow, designed a ski tow powered by Jerry’s car and Renoites enjoyed ‘in-town’ skiing until Jerry’s car caught fire. Although the enterprise did not last long, it has been a fond memory. Skiing was his passion, and he along with his wife Grace and friends developed Ski Tannenbaum on the Mt. Rose Highway where many children learned to ski through the Codding and Wetzel Saturday ski program. Also, many local elementary schools brought children for an afternoon of instruction and fun.
In 1972, Budd formed Tannenbaum Construction doing various earthwork projects such as subdivision preparation, underground utilities, small dams, and Forest Service logging roads, until a serious injury in 1981 caused his early retirement.
Budd is survived by his wife of 53 years, Grace, daughter Stacey Peper (Reinhardt) and granddaughter Jenny of West Bloomfield, MI., granddaughters, Nicole of Germany and Jessica of Austria. Budd was fortunate and will enough to be able to visit Stacey’s family in Europe three times. His son Scott (Lisa) and grandsons, Ryan and Quinn reside in Reno.
The family wished to express their deepest gratitude to Vista Care Hospice and the ICU staff at Renown Medical Center for their wonderful care of Budd.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution would be appreciated for Vista Care Hospice, 1625 East Prater Way, Sparks, NV 89434.
Arrangements were under the care of Walton’s Funeral Home in Reno.
This obituary first appeared in the June 1, 2012 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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