Obit: Richard Schoenig


Richard “Dick” D. Schoenig, 79, of Wilton, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018. He passed peacefully at home while surrounded by his family.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 4 at Heartland Fellowship Church in Wilton, with a celebration of life service immediately following at 6 p.m. Please dress casually and wear Iowa Hawkeye themed clothing in honor of Dick’s love for the Hawkeyes!

Memorials in his name may be made to the family so they may make a later designation.

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Richard Dean Schoenig, son of Norman Ernest and Eunice Corrine (Bierman) Schoenig, was born on July 4, 1939 in Muscatine. He was a 1957 graduate of Muscatine High School. From 1957 to 1960 he served in the United States Marine Corps, serving his country overseas in Okinawa, Formosa and Taiwan. His marriage to Christa Babette Boche took place at Zion Lutheran Church in Muscatine on Feb. 18, 1968.

Dick worked in banking his entire career. He worked for the last 30 years at Liberty Trust and Savings Bank, retiring in 2005. He was a member of Heartland Fellowship Church in Wilton and a proud member of the Republican Party. He served on the board of Cornerstone Christian School in Wilton and served as secretary and a member of the board of the Durant Development. Because of his dedicated efforts to promote development in Durant, Dick was honored with the Governor’s Volunteer Award.

Dick was a gifted landscaper who enjoyed caring for his gardens and yard. He was also a talented artist and carpenter with an ability to construct almost anything that could be imagined. He had strong convictions about religion, politics and the Hawkeyes and didn’t hesitate to share those with his family. He participated in a small group Bible study on a weekly basis and cared deeply about its members. He enjoyed sports and was a loyal Hawkeye fan. He also enjoyed singing and loved to dance. He was a wonderful grandfather who spent hours playing games and telling stories to his grandchildren. He enjoyed beating Chris at playing cards and occasionally, he enjoyed being right about something. Dick loved God, his wife, children, grandchildren and country.

Dick is survived by his wife of 51 years, Chris Schoenig of Wilton; four children: Richard (Danese) Backes and Michelle Perez, both of Muscatine, Rachel Watkins Schoenig (Christopher) of Chariton and Rebecca Schoenig of Wilton; God children: Craig Boche, Renate Platt and Tanya Hoglund; his brother, William (Barb) Schoenig of Muscatine; 11 grandchildren: RJ and JR Backes, Rylee Perez, Kathy (Tom) Slayden, Nile (Jenny) Watkins-Schoenig, Melissa (Michael) Holderfield, Kelly (Danny) Sproston, Gabi, Jesse and Grace Watkins-Schoenig and Joshua Fratzke: 11 great-grandchildren: Emalee and Cooper Slayden, Eva, Ashlynn and Fritz Watkins-Schoenig, Michael Holderfield Jr., Elly Poster, Nathan and Jesse Richard Sproston and Easton and Hudson King; many nieces, nephews, extended family and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Norman and Eunice Schoenig and a sister, Norma Meyer.

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