Gold Rush Patriarch John Schnabel Dies at 96

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  1. Mack29

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    Gold Rush family patriarch John Schnabel has died at age 96.
    "We couldn't have asked for a better father, grandfather and overall family man," the Schnabel family tells PEOPLE in an exclusive statement. "He was a true legend and we appreciate all of your love and support as we celebrate his wonderful life."
    Schnabel purchased the Gold Nugget Mine in Porcupine Creek, Alaska nearly 30 years ago when at age 68 he faced a health crisis. Doctors told him that he needed to remain active after undergoing a triple bypass, and he saw the mine as a way to accomplish that as well as to have a place to take his family.
    He passed along his gold mining knowledge to grandsons Payson and Parker, who took over operations from Schnabel at age 16.
    Schnabel was born in 1920 to a Kansas wheat farmer, who fled to Alaska after U.S. Marshals came looking for him for brewing bootleg alcohol.
    At age 19, Schnabel joined his father on a sawmill in Haines, Alaska. A few years later in 1941, he volunteered to serve his country after the Pearl Harbor bombing, and he served in the Air Corps until 1946. After the war, he wed Erma Dire in 1950 and the couple had five children.
    Discovery is airing a special featuring Schnabel and his grandson Parker Friday at 9 p.m. The network is also honoring him with a memorial card on-air ahead of a two-hour Gold Rush event at 7 p.m. ET.


    He always came across as a genuinely nice guy.
    Sorry to hear of his passing.
     
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    TeeDonkey Well-Known Member VIP

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    This is sad... Parker was a little douche... But always loved grandpa Schnabel....

    :rip:
     
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    Bobbowl Eating weights and lifting steaks Gold

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    They did a tribute episode to him last season. I can't stand anyone else on the show except for tony beets. Grandpa was always my favorite.
     
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    RIP funny man
     
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    Phil McKrakin AKA Howie VIP Gold

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    fuck off, ya stupid cunt!
     
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    Who's gonna fix the shit that breaks down every episode now?
     
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    Loved that old man, seemed like a nice guy.

    I saw Todd at Disney California Adventure when I went a few months ago.

    I yelled "Hey, Todd, there isn't any gold here either, you fat piece of retard shit!!!".

    I didn't say that. But I did see him!!
     
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    Damn that sucks, seemed like a great dude. Glad he got to see his grandson become successful.
     
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    RH Goatcabin Time to pulsate. Time to yearn. 2010 OG POTY The Bar Gold

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    I watched some of Gold Rush, Beets was entertaining, but I lost track of it after a while. Did Pawn Stars get shut down?
     
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    I love rooting against the Hoffman's, as soon as I found out he named his operation 3:16 mining I didn't like him.

    Parker is a douche, but at least he doesn't act like a douche and then start fucking praying, as if that absolves you. Oh and Todd's son was on the show this year, that kid is gay no question, how ya like that Todd you religious dick.
     
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    Loved that guy :sad: died right about when they were starting up the new season too..