Charles “Ken” Schnable, 1943-2021


Charles Kenneth “Ken” Schnable, 78, of La Porte, Ind., passed away Wednesday, June 2, 2021.

He was born March 5, 1943, in Tampa, Fla., to Charles Kenneth and Juanita (Jones) Schnable.

Ken was the president of Schnable Alarm Systems, Inc.; a 32-year veteran of the La Porte Fire Department, 16 years as battalion chief and 4 years as fire chief; owner of Juanita’s Beauty Salon; and owner of Schnable’s Software Solutions. He served in the United States Air Force from March 8, 1962, to March 8, 1966, and attained the rank of A/2C. He was a member of Knights of Columbus – Saint Michael’s Council, American Legion Post 83, Society of American Magicians, and La Porte Eagles Arie 2439, past president of La Porte Lions Club, and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in La Porte.

On Aug. 29, 1964, in Terre Coupee, Ind., Ken married Eleanore A. “Ellie” Malec, who preceded him in death on Feb. 7, 2021.

He was also preceded in death by his infant daughter, Theresa Schnable; his parents; and his sister, Kathleen (Schnable) Bachert.

He is survived by his two sons, K. Dirk (Amy Tomczak) Schnable and William Brook (Francisca Thompson) Schnable, both of La Porte; sister, Judith (Schnable) Whitaker of Hammond, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. at Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, La Porte.

Memorial contributions may be made to La Porte Lions Club, P.O. Box 565, La Porte, Ind. 46350.

Messages of condolence may be posted below.

8 Responses to “Charles “Ken” Schnable, 1943-2021”

  1. Zane and Kim Wade

    Jun 08. 2021

    Dirk and Brook , our thoughts and prayers for you all. May Dad Rest In Peace.

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  2. Lisa Hennessy Johnson

    Jun 08. 2021

    Dirk, Brook and family,
    Our hears are hurting for you and we are sending you prayers, hugs, healing, comfort and peace – not just now but in the weeks and months ahead as you continue to heal and adjust although it will be a tough task. Although there is some consolation in knowing your dad (and mom) together and are whole, happy and healthy – it is still overwhelmingly difficult because you want them here. Where they are now is even more awesome and amazing than any of us could ever begin to envision. But no matter how old we are, or how old they are – the loss of a parent is one of the most devastating feelings and is only understood by their children. Even if unspoken or not often shown – please know that we are keeping you in our hearts and prayers now and in your continued journey called life. Thank God you and Brook have each other. Your brotherly bond is so very important. Always stay as close, bonded and connected as you can – no matter what! This too, will give so much peace and joy to your parents as they watch over both of you with unconditional love and pride.

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  3. Daniel Cubel

    Jun 08. 2021

    Ken and I knew each other in the early 1970s at the LaPorte YMCA. Rest In Peace.

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  4. Sandra Provan

    Jun 08. 2021

    So very sorry to hear about Ken. He was a great Lion and will be sadly missed.

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  5. Coach Mathis

    Jun 09. 2021

    I used to stop at Ken’s office which is one block from St Joseph chapel… Ken never knew he was part of my last confession at the church where he grew up… Ken was an outgoing man who I met as a teenager… A fellow LPHS grad (1961) Ken was brilliant with a deep curiosity… He loved computers and always bought the most advanced equipment… Ken could spend hours programming… I learned from Ken… With God’s grace I will apply that learning in a POSITIVE way…
    Stay on me Ken…

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  6. Donna Smith Hunsley

    Jun 09. 2021

    Dirk and Brook,.
    So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
    Howie and Donna Hunsley

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  7. Marti and Tom Swanson

    Jun 11. 2021

    Dirk and Brook,
    Please accept our deepest sympathies on the loss of your father. We pray you are comforted by the many precious memories you shared.
    Marti and Tom Swanson

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  8. Bill and Brenda Carbon

    Jun 15. 2021

    Dirk and Brook and family,
    We are so sorry to hear about your dad’s death. Also, we did not know until now about your mom’s passing earlier in the year. What good people they were and they raised great kids! May many memories of happy and fun times together give you peace and comfort in the days and months ahead and please know that you will be in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless you and keep you.

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