Gold Rush’s Parker Schnabel updates fans on his grandpa’s health
          

Gold Rush Parker Schnabel and Grandpa John Schnabel photo

Anyone watching the current season of Gold Rush on Discovery knows that Parker Schabel’s 94-year-old grandpa John Schnabel has been battling cancer, and after the first half of the two-part Season 4 finale aired Friday night, many fans were left wondering how John is doing now. Just moments ago Parker posted an update letting fans know his Grandpa is doing better and “has great spirits,” which seems to always be the case with John Schnabel!

Gold Rush Parker Schnabel's Grandpa John Schnabel

Here’s the full update from Parker, who is returning to Alaska as I type after making an appearance at the 2014 CONEXPO-CON/AGG:

My grandpa is doing well. He still has cancer but has responded well to the radiation and chemo therapy that he has been on and if you saw him you would never know he has an issue. We just celebrated his 94th birthday a few weeks ago and it was great. He has great spirits, friends and family. Thank you all for the kind words and prayers.

That is such great news to hear! I watch A LOT of reality television and I can’t think of anyone as good-natured and perpetually joyful as John — and that doesn’t even touch on the amount of respect I have for him for gold mining successfully for sooo many decades. We wish John all the best with his battle and hope that we will get to continue to see his smile and hear his infectious laughter for many more seasons to come!

Here’s a touching clip in which John Schnabel reveals it is his dream to look for gold at Smith Creek with his two grandsons:

And just in case you were wondering if John’s infectious mirth was always as contagious as it is now, check out this hilarious wedding announcement for his marriage to Erma Cordes in 1950 put together by Erma’s sister:

Gold Rush Parker Schnabel's Grandpa John Schnabel wedding announcement 1950 throwback photo

“No good varmint!” :)

Of course, I think Parker put it better:

 

The second half of the two-part Gold Rush Season 4 finale airs Friday, March 14 at 9/8c on Discovery.


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    • Jojobobo

      Good to hear Grandpa John is still kicking around.

    • Spencer cheney

      I think the best guy on the whole show… John seems to bring a smile to my wife and I and his laugh is refreshingly real. Hope you beat this disease and find that gold you always knew was there…

    • Frank

      We are SO happy to hear John is doing so well. Please let him know we are ALL pulling for him!

    • Mary

      I love the wedding announcement and the whole Schnabel family. A great example of a hard working, loving family. Parker is the spitting image of Grandpa John, so cute! Bet there are a lot of moms trying to fix Parker up with their daughters :) Gold Rush is one of our favorite shows, thanks Discovery Channel.

    • ConstantCompanion

      So happy to hear the good news. We’re pullin’ for ya John! Sending prayers..

    • http://TheNewHolyBible.org/ Mark Dreher

      That is funny, “the no good varmint”.
      He has a very good countenance.

    • Mark

      God Bless you John Schnabel. You’re such a joy to watch on the Gold Rush show. Here’s to your good health and to mining with your Grandson’s. Smith Creek has already brought you riches beyond what mere Gold ever could.

      • Robin

        Amen we love the whole family but love grand pa the most!!! Keep mining

    • Wayne Baumann

      My father walked away from the chemo and radiation and I would like to meet him and tell him face to face how my dad cured his cancer…

    • Gold Rush fan

      So glad to hear is doing well.

    • Cheryl C

      Can hardly wait for the new season to begin! I have never missed an episode since the show started. Parker, his grandpa John and the entire Schnabel family are the whole reason I watch. Parker and his grandpa make me laugh and can also bring me to tears. It’s refreshing to see such a close bond they both share and of course, their passion of the quest for gold!!!! Good luck in the coming season. Stay well Grandpa John the show would not be the same without you!!!

 

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