In Memory of Garrett Schnell

Garrett Schnell (1947 – 2015)

  • “Garrett was such a pleasure to have known. He has left us…”
    – Barb & Ron McDonald


Garrett R. Schnell passed away on May 14, 2015, at Providence Transitional Care Center in Anchorage, Alaska, from consequences of a stroke suffered in 2009. He was born in Portland, Ore., on June 11, 1947, and moved to Alaska with his parents Elmer and Bernice in 1948. Garrett grew up in Anchorage and graduated from Anchorage High School (now West High) in 1965. He served in the Navy and was honorably discharged in 1967. As a youth, Garrett enjoyed cars and downhill skiing. He attended UAF, UAA and Arizona State University. As an adult, Garrett lived both in Anchorage and Seward, Alaska. He worked for the City of Anchorage, on the North Slope and in bush communities. He enjoyed road construction, project management and ran his own ship repair business in Seward. He was starting a small business in Seward at the time of his stroke. Garrett owned a variety of cars through the years and liked working on his vehicles and boats. He loved to fish out of Seward or along the Kenai River. He had a fondness for stray cats and enjoyed decorating the tree for Christmas. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Erich and Kim Schnell of Anchorage; his mother, Bernice Schnell of Anchorage; brother and sister-in-law, Kevin Schnell and Maribeth Conway of Anchorage; and two nephews, Nicholas and Christopher. The family would like to thank the staff of Providence Transitional Care Center in Anchorage for their compassionate care. Garrett’s ashes will be scattered on Resurrection Bay. In lieu of flowers or a service, donations may be made to an animal shelter of your choice. Arrangements were cared for by the Anchorage Funeral Home & Crematory. Please visit Garrett’s obituary and online guestbook at

Published in Alaska Dispatch News on May 27, 2015

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