Arthur Henry Schnuck, Jr., was born July 1, 1950, in Boonville, MO., the son of Arthur Henry Schnuck, Sr. and Frances Twillman Schnuck. He was confirmed at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Boonville. Art graduated from Boonville High School in 1968 and then attended Kemper Military School and College graduating on May 30, 1970, with an Associate in Arts. He attended basic training at Fort Gordon, Georgia and was assigned to the Missouri Army National Guard- 175th Military Police in Moberly, MO. He attended Northwest Missouri State University and graduated May 16, 1973 with a B.S. in Agriculture. Art returned home to farm with his parents and married Sharan A. Eichhorn on June 3, 1978.