John Schoenfelder, age 71, of Yankton, South Dakota, died on Sunday December 11, 2016 at the Sioux Falls VA Medical Center.
Mass of Christian Burial is 10:30 AM, on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Yankton with Reverend Ken Lulf officiating. Burial will in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton with military honors provided by the Ernest-Bowyer VFW Post No. 791. Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, on Tuesday, December 13 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a vigil service at 7:00 PM. Visitation resumes one hour prior to the funeral at the church.
Pallbearers are Mel Berger, Mark Tacke, Brad Schoenfelder, Jim Brewer, Dan VanOsdel, and Justin McDonald.
John was born June 6, 1945 in Mitchell, South Dakota to Fred and Susan (Blasius) Schoenfelder. He was the youngest of 13 children growing up in Plankinton, South Dakota. John graduated from Plankinton High School in 1963 and then enlisted in the United States Marine Corps when he was 17. He completed Basic Training in San Diego, CA and fought in the Vietnam War as a helicopter gunner. After his discharge, John returned to the Mitchell area and worked for an engineering firm. On December 20, 1969, he married Karen Block in Yankton. After their marriage, they lived in Yankton and John worked as a draftsman for the City of Yankton. He later earned an Associates Degree in Diesel Mechanics from Southern State College in Springfield, graduating with honors in 1972. He worked for the International Dealership for many years and then at Kolberg-Pioneer until his health deteriorated from Parkinson's. John took great joy in taking care of his granddaughter, McKenzie. In 2010, he became a resident of Majestic Bluffs and spent the last four years at the VA Medical Center in Sioux Falls. John enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening. He also loved reading Louis L'Amour westerns.
John is survived by his wife, Karen Schoenfelder of Yankton; daughter, Chandra Sanders of Yankton; son, Ryan Schoenfelder of Yankton; granddaughter, McKenzie; one sister, Evelyn Smith of Aberdeen, SD; one brother, Marty Schoenfelder of Plankinton, SD; and many nieces and nephews.
John was preceded in death by his parents; and 10 brothers and sisters.
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Dear Karen & family,
My sincere sympathy on John's death. I know that you will miss him very much. I did not know John personally, he sounds as though he was a very special person, May God hold you in his arms during this very difficult time. Be good to yourselves. Know that grief is a process that each person goes through in their own way.
Mary Ellen Johnston
I am very sorry for your loss. I did not know John, but Mrs. Schoenfelder made an incredible difference in my life. She taught me to work as hard as I can and not be afraid of learning. I can only imagine her husband would be as great as she is. My condolences from myself and the rest of the Schenk family.
Meghan Schenk and Family
Karen, I am sorry for your loss but at the same time I am glad John is not suffering any more. He was a wonderful, caring man and I always enjoyed talking with him. He was always fixing something and his granddaughter was the apple of his eye. You have my prayers and condolences.
Karen and family,
I am sorry to hear of John's passing. While nothing anyone can say will make your loss hurt less, at least you have the comfort of knowing he is not confined by his earthly body anymore. Those shackles have been thrown off. So while you rightfully mourn his passing, he is free from affliction. My best to you. I miss talking with you and teasing you on a daily basis. :)
Dear Karen and family, Our hearts go out to you now in Uncle John's death. He certainly was welcomed in heaven by many family members. My The Lord wrap you tightly in his grasp as you face the days to come. Louise,Bernie, Bob and Jim Schoenfelder.
Louise Schoenfelder Olson
Karen & family, We are so sorry to hear of John's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time.
Loran & Kathy Tramp
Karen, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I was sorry to hear of his passing--John was a good kind man, God bless!
Karen and family-----so sorry for your loss ---our thoughts and prayers are with you----may he rest in peace.
Lyle and Myva Scott
My dear Karen so sorry for your loss. If I had known sooner I would have been at the funeral home. You & I became friends while you worked at Caseys General Store. I used to be a volunteer at Majestic Bluffs.
Linda D. Gorham
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