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Remembering 5-million-mile Schneider driver, Sonny 'Schneider Man' Wagner

Sonny smiles brightly while being recognized at a Schneider event.

George “Sonny” Wagner, legendary Schneider driver with 50 years and 5 million miles, passed away on Oct. 7, 2017, at 84 years old.

Sonny accepting awards from Schneider and the American Truck Historical Society.

Sonny was the first driver in company history to achieve 4 million (top left photo receiving his award) — and then 5 million — safe miles, the latter being a feat accomplished only by current Schneider driver Bob Wyatt.

Sonny Wagner’s career accomplishments:

  • 5 million safe driving miles as a Tanker driver.
  • 50 years with Schneider (including his time with Kampo Transit, which Schneider purchased), retiring in 2002.
  • American Truck Historical Society’s “Golden Achievement Award” winner in 2003 (top right photo).

“Schneider Man”

While his combination of tenure and miles are unparalleled, Sonny was perhaps best known around the company for his adopted persona as “Schneider Man.” It was hard to miss his orange shirt and leggings, the black cape and curly wig that Sonny frequently wore at Schneider driver get-togethers, like Christmas parties and summer picnics. He also appeared in a 2000 winter safety video — “Schneider Man Beats Mr. Freeze.”

Sonny Wagner dressed as Schneider Man in front of his tanker truck.

More about Sonny

In addition to his incredible career with Schneider, Sonny was also a semi-professional baseball umpire, and he loved to downhill ski.

He is survived by a daughter Jenny, a son Daniel (pictured with Sonny), a grandson Alex, eight sisters, two brothers, other relatives and friends, and many fellow Schneider drivers and associates who still remember Sonny and his legacy to this day.

“Schneider Man” was a hero to many, and it’s with great sadness to hear about his passing. We’re proud to have had him on the Schneider team and reflect on his incredible contributions.

Sonny with his son Dan

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