Eric was born in Champaign, Illinois, moved to Iowa as a child and grew up on a farm. He attended school and graduated from Mount Ayr school system in 1982. He entered Lincoln Tech Diesel and Gas Engine training. From 1983 to 1985, he served in the U.S. Army at Fort Richardson, Alaska. Shortly after, he worked as a big game hunting guide in Alaska. Later, he worked as a certified specialized welder on the Alaskan Pipeline. He also worked as a welder in the clean-up efforts after the Exxon Valdez oil spill.
Eric then moved to Iowa and farmed for a year, after which he attended college at Kearny State in Nebraska. He then moved to Florida and attended a junior college in Daytona Beach, where he met his present wife, Raquel. They were married in Jacksonville, Florida. He attended the University of North Florida in Jacksonville and attained a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting, which led to a Certified Public Accountant designation (CPA). He worked for private CPA firms and was employed with the Internal Revenue Service in Jacksonville.
An active member of the Jacksonville Church of Christ, Eric was a Bible talk leader and involved in the church's administrative activities. Eric was a regular blood donor, worked with refugees in Jacksonville regularly, and was a Duval County School volunteer.
Wife, Raquel (Berroa) Schnoor; son, Eian, daughters Sherita and Kelci; parents, Roger and Jane Schnoor; sister, Elizabeth (Kenneth) Younkins; and brother Martin (Jackie) Schnoor; in-laws, Miguel and Zoila Berroa; sister-in-law Zoila (Robert) Walston; previous wife and mother of Eian, Sabrina and Sherita, Cynthia (Thomas) Schnoor; many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends; preceded in death by daughter Sabrina.