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Greeting cards created by Rudy Schneller
ABILENE, Texas – When a stroke disabled Rudy Schneller, the father of McMurry University Psychology Professor Dr. Greg Schneller, he lost much of his ability to interact with the world at large

The 71-year-old former businessman from O’Fallon, MO. west of St. Louis, suffered the major stroke in January, 2009. In spite of receiving significant brain damage, he has since recovered much of his ability to move. He is still active in his church, – Sunrise United Methodist Church – but wanted to contribute to society in a larger way.

Rudy Schneller
No longer able to work or drive and diagnosed with aphasia, a difficulty expressing himself verbally and in writing, Mr. Schneller was searching for ways to regain his cognitive skills. He was inspired by the father of McMurry administrator Dr. Rosemary Wallace, who for several years has made needlepoint bookmarks for deployed servicemen and servicewomen from Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene.

Mr. Schneller, who for many years owned a business selling safety equipment and gloves, decided to create and send handmade greeting cards to Air Force personnel deployed from Dyess around the world with help from his wife, Kathy, and his daughter, Christy. Pictures on cards are hand drawn or scenic photos taken on his recent trip to Alaska. He currently is working on Christmas cards to send to recently deployed Air Force personnel from Dyess.

Mr. Schneller has received notes of appreciation from Air Force personnel whom he has sent cards to and he hopes to continue to provide cards to service men and women on deployment to brighten their days while away they are away from home.