Tucker Arnold Schneider, 17 months, passed away Sunday, Feb. 17, in his parents’ arms surrounded by immediate family, following a two day stay in the PICU at Blank Children’s’ Hospital.

Visitation was held from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, at Westover Funeral Home in Des Moines.

A Celebration of Life was held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at Northpoint Church in Johnston.

Tucker was born Sept. 29, 2017, in Des Moines, to Doug and Michelle (Fergesen) Schneider. Upon his birth he spent ten days in the NICU at Blank Children’s Hospital, he was then released to go home with Mom, Dad and Big Brother Braxton.

Some of Tucker’s (aka Bubba) favorite activities were playing with his big brother and loving on his family. He truly loved to eat, especially pizza (which was also one of his first words). Tuck also spent a great deal of his time looking at books. Tucker’s mischievous nature made him a lot of fun, and he was always the light of the room. He enjoyed playing with his Noah’s ark little people playset and he could spend a full hour playing make believe on his own. On Nov. 9, 2018, Tucker took his first steps and most recently was found running circles in his crib, excited to get up in the morning. Once out of bed, he immediately would run to wake up his big brother by climbing in his bed and sitting on him until Mama intervened. Tuck also loved his bath time, swimming, and anything that had to do with playing in water. Most importantly Tuck gave the best hugs, laying his head on your shoulder and wrapping his arms around your neck.

Tucker is survived by his parents; brother, Braxton; grandparents, LeMoine (Papa) and Susan (Nana) Fergesen of Johnston, Denny (Grandpa Doc) and Barb (Glammy) Schneider of Emmetsburg, Deb (Gee-mo) and Jim (Grandpo) Knight of Emmetsburg; aunts and uncles, Dustin Fergesen of Johnston, Dianna and Ben Gray of Ankeny, Deena Fries of Altoona; great grandparents, Verna Fergesen of Manchester, Don (Popper) Gentz of Manchester; cousins, Elliott, Alice, Mason, Cheyenne, Tatum, Ocean, and Archer.

In lieu of flowers, please bring a new children’s book that will be donated to Blank Children’s Hospital, in memory of Tucker. Online condolences will be welcomed at IlesCares.com.

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