|11/20/2013 8:47:00 AM|
Donald Schoenenberger, 82, of Windom died Nov. 14, 2013, at his home in Windom.
Mass of Christian Burial was Monday at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Windom with Father Russell Scepaniak officiating.
Special music was provided by Colleen Ortmann, organist; and David Rupp, vocalist.
Readers were Josh Schoenenberger and Cassie Stewart.
Casket bearers were Chris Schoenenberger, Dennie Schoenenberger, Barry Galles, Dwaine Lammers, Brian Schoenenberger and Joshua Schoenenberger.
Honorary bearers were Ben Stewart, Joshua Wathen, Samuel Eide and Lucas Eide.
Following the service, full military honors were provided by American Legion Post 206 of Windom and the Minnesota Army National Guard Military Funeral Honors.
Interment was Tuesday at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom handled the funeral arrangements.
Donald Duane Schoenenberger was born Sept. 22, 1931, to Joseph and Evelyn (Schaffer) Schoenenberger in Worthington. He received his education from Jeffers Public Schools.
After high school, Donald enlisted in the U.S. Army, in which he served for over 20 years. He achieved the rank of Master Sergeant and served in the Vietnam War. Among the medals he earned was the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Good Conduct Medal and the Vietnam Armed Forces Expeditionary Service Medal.
In 1952, Donald married Donna Janét Rupp in Westbrook.
After retiring from the U.S. Army in 1972, Donald and Donna lived in Windom where he worked at the Windom Liquor Store.
He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Windom.
Donald also served as a scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America and commander of the Windom VFW.
He enjoyed doing crafts, especially woodcarving, watching Westerns and football, traveling, chatting with people and, most of all, spending time with his family.
He was preceded in death by a son, Dennis Schoenenberger; a daughter, Denise Schoenenberger; a grandson, Nicholas Gergen; and a brother, Melvin Schoenenberger.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Donna Schoenenberger of Windom; seven children: Debra (Randy) Gergen of Granville, Iowa; David (Margaret) Schoenenberger of Billings, Mont.; Duane (Veronica) Schoenenberger of Westfield, Ind.; Darl (Pam) Schoenenberger of Eagan; Doreen (Jeff) Benson of Hermosa, S.D.; Daniel (Debra) Schoenenberger of Windom; and Diana (Greg) Eide of Richfield; 15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; a sister, Joann Wehmeyer of Westbrook; and a sister-in-law, Shirley Schoenenberger of Windom.