Diane Schneeweis
(1952 - 2009)

Diane Schneeweis

CA, United States of America
September 30, 1952

CA, United States of America
August 27, 2009

God, Family, Aviation, Dance, Inspiration, You
Diane Carin Schneeweis continued flying on to God on August 27, 2009 after an aviation accident near her home town of Chico, CA.

Diane flew into the world via Long Beach, CA in 1952. She spent her formative years in Southern California where she met and married her husband of 34 years, Greg Schneeweis. They had two beautiful children Sarah and Jeff. In 1989 the family moved to Chico where they live today.

Diane began flying in 1985, following in the footsteps of her father George “Papo” Shepherd, a trained Navy pilot during the World War II era. Diane became a centerpiece in Chico aviation, holding positions as General Manager at the Chico Airport (FBO) as well as Director of the Chico Air Show. She was a renowned flight instructor, member of the 99’s Women’s Pilot Association, and an activist for children’s charities.

Diane’s devotion to her family was unmatched. She was instrumental in the day to day operations of her daughter’s business, HYPE Dance Studio and any free moment she had she spent with her 3 grandchildren.

Diane inspired people near and far, young and old. Whether training in the airplane or meeting on the ground, she was a friend to all she encountered. Her love for life and passion for aviation were only surpassed by her love for God and her family. Diane was a devoted Christian, able to see God in the eyes of every person she met. Flying, for Diane, provided a calming realization that life’s problems are not as big as they seem—as houses and cars look as small as ants from an airplane, so do our problems when we take a step back and look at our lives. She inspired the people around her to never sweat the small stuff.

Diane is survived by her husband, Greg; daughter, Sarah and husband Brian Blakley, beloved grandsons, Jackson and Lincoln; son, Jeff Schneeweis and wife Kristen, beloved granddaughter, Lydia; father, George Shepherd; brother, Ron Shepherd; sister, Debbie Green; sister, Kathy Blankenship. She is preceded in death by her mother, Lucille Shepherd.

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It's 2014, and while sharing a story with a friend this morning about when I was learning to fly, I thought of Diane -- who had been my first instructor -- and Googled her to see where she might be now. I had moved to New Mexico in 2007, so was not aware of Diane's passing. Throughout the day, I've run through all of my memories of Diane, her infectious, happy spirit, her love for flying and her family and her lipstick. Peace be with you in your Wild Blue Yonder, Diane. I will never forget you and those very, very exciting and wonderful hours we spent together.
Barbara (Friend, Student)
November 6th, 2014
My Buddy, my friend...
You Diane, and the fun we shared will be in my heart forever...
Miss you more than you could possibly know.
Terri Wagner (buddy and friend)
August 27th, 2013
I wish Diane could meet my boyfriend TJ. She was always scheming ways to introduce me to attractive, successful men...I think she'd like him a lot. Diane...I'd like to think I have your approval. Miss you. All the time.

Tara Cluck (Friend)
August 27th, 2012
Beautiful Diane,

You are very missed, and very loved. You were the most amazing woman. I admire you!!! I think of you so much
Julie Ford
August 27th, 2011
Thinker meets doer. Mother meets mentor. Strength meets grace. Discipline meets improv. Laughter meets gravity. Hope meets plan. Conversation meets silence. Music meets mechanics. Archetype meets reality. Verse meets chorus. We Miss you and Love You
Greg Parkin (Nephew)
August 27th, 2011
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"Missin You!"
Nick Herrera
August 28th, 2013
"Hello you Gorgeous Blonde!"
Vicki Santos
August 27th, 2013
"Hello my dearest friend, Diane. Think about you every day...it doesn't seem like it was 3 years ago we were flying together and life coaching each other as much as we talked about how to fly and be one with the airplane."
Vicki Santos
August 28th, 2012
"There is still a whole lot or missing you going on. Almost every week I talk to someone who knows you and says what a wonderfull person you are. :0)"
Nick Herrera
August 28th, 2012
"Two years of missing you Diane. Your memory will never fade or be forgotten. What a lady, you will always have a special place in our hearts."
Nick Herrera
August 28th, 2011
"Thinker meets doer. Mother meets mentor. Strength meets grace. Discipline meets improv. Laughter meets gravity. Hope meets plan. Conversation meets silence. Music meets mechanics. Archetype meets reality. Verse meets chorus. Miss you. "
Greg Parkin
August 27th, 2011
"Diane, I Miss you so! You will be the first one I will be looking for when we get to meet again. I bet I will need to take a number, but I will wait patiently. Time dosen't really heal all wounds. Until we meet again."
Nick Herrera
May 4th, 2011
"My dad and I had a great conversation about you the other day... your name puts a smile on everyones face. Your kindness and love for life and family continue to inspire. You are loved and missed everyday, you're always in our hearts The Milburns"
Caitlin Milburn
September 18th, 2010
"Oh how I wish you could meet the next one, gonna pop is about 3 weeks. And Jeff's new daughter too. If you can just ask God to breathe an ounce of your passion, kindness and love into these next 2 they will be so blessed. Teach them if you can :)"
Sarah Blakley
August 10th, 2010
"Mom life isn't easy all the time, but I always know what you would say to me. I always know the answer, it feels like you are surrounding me, Brian, Jack and Linc, Dad, Jeff, Kristen and Lydia. Every Sunday we feel like you are here. Love you."
Sarah Blakley
August 10th, 2010


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