Richard C. Schoen, 87, of La Crosse, passed away on Friday, July 3, 2020 at Clare Bridge of La Crosse. He was born on March 23, 1933 in La Crosse to John and Lillian (Grosskopf) Schoen.
Richard is survived by his wife, Jeanette “Nettie” (Klos) Schoen, his three children and their spouses; Randy (Elizabeth) Schoen, Duane (Linda) Schoen and Janine (Dave) Hutchison; seven grandchildren, Alexandra “Ali” Hallacy, Chris Schoen, Emily Schoen, Andrew Schoen, Eric Schoen, Christa Hutchison, and Kaitlyn Hutchison; one great-grandchild, Zoey Hallacy. Richard is also survived by one sister, Barbara Barum, and four sisters-in-law, Faye Schoen, Diane Schoen, Sharon Schoen and Bonnie Schoen.
He was preceded in death by his parents; John and Lillian (Grosskopf) Schoen, brothers; Hilary “Larry”, Francis (Catherine), Gerald, Russell (Jean), Walter “Jack” and Gregory; sisters Dorothy (Wilbur “Ip”) Wick, Catherine (Olin) Mc Carty, Marilyn (Lyle “Sonny”) Mc Gee, Elizabeth “Beth” (Edgar) Mc Farland. He was also preceded by one brother-in-law Al Barum.
Richard was raised in the La Crosse area attending Cathedral Grade School and Aquinas High School. He then went on to serve in the U.S. Navy and the Naval Reserves. Upon his return, he worked for the La Crosse Fire Department until his retirement. He was a self-employed carpet installer and enjoyed hunting, mostly ducks, and playing cards.
He married Jeanette Klos on August 23, 1958, on Saint Joseph’s Ridge. They lived in La Crosse where they raised their three children and built their own home doing most of the work themselves with their children. He owned his own farm that he labeled “His Hobby farm” which was really hunting land until he could no longer manage the chores of the farm.
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