William J. Schoenmann

October 29, 1921 - March 21, 2017

U.S. Veteran

Service Date: April 1, 2017


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William Joseph (Bill) Schoenmann, age 95 of Spring Green, died on March 21, 2017 in Michigan. He was born on October 29, 1921 to Herbert and Lucy (Hutter) Schoenmann, in Wyoming Valley, Wisconsin.

He was united in marriage to Margaret (Marge) Moore on September 3, 1949. Bill graduated from Spring Green High School in 1939. He joined the U. S. Army in 1942 and was stationed in Germany, France and Luxembourg during World War II, as a MP in the 9th Armoured Division (nicknamed Phantom Division). Bill guarded Brig General Hoge as he gave the orders to capture the Ludendorff Bridge at Remagen. His Division then joined General Patten’s Third Army at the Battle of the Bulge. He served until the war ended in 1945. The entire 9th Military Police Company was recognized with the Meritorious Unit Citation, the Belgian Fourragère, and the Presidential Unit Citation for its performance at the Ludendorff Bridge. He attended Platteville State Teachers College, graduating with a degree in Agriculture Science. Bill taught high school in Illinois and together with Marge managed a 24-hour restaurant (Round Barn), before purchasing his first feed mill truck in 1955 and starting Bill’s Feed Service in Spring Green. For over two decades he served farmers in Sauk and Iowa counties. After selling his feed business he worked for the USPS, as a rural mail carrier and was a sales rep for Central Petroleum Company (Cen-Pe-Co). Bill was a life-long member of St. John’s Catholic Church. He was also a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters, American Legion (Spring Green Post 253 and Grand Blanc MI Post 413), Knights of Columbus, Spring Green Lion’s Club and the Spring Green Men’s Golf League for over 50 years. He sponsored bowling teams and bowled at Palace Bar & Bowl in Plain and the Bowling Green of Spring Green. He enjoyed the golf outings to Osage Beach, attending state bowling tournaments and playing euchre and cribbage.

He is survived by two children: daughter Connie (husband James) Millspaugh of Grand Blanc, MI and son David (wife Sherri) Schoenmann of Medford, OR. He is further survived by three grandchildren: Ryan (wife Courtney) Millspaugh, Brandon and Austin Schoenmann; two great-grandchildren: Abriel and Allisen Millspaugh.

Other survivors include: sisters, Eleanor Rock, Cherie Buerosse; sister-in-laws, Madeline Tennant Zins, Jan Schoenmann, Linda Schoenmann; several nieces, nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Marge, brothers: Frederick (wife Eileen) Schoenmann, Robert Schoenmann; sisters: Viola (husband Chuck) Rengstorff, Aurelia (husband Rueben) Kritz, Evelyn (husband Frederick) Jones, Vera (husband Arthur) Larsen, Virginia (husband Edward) Mite; brother-in-laws, Eugene Rock, Al Buerosse, Ralph Tennant, Marvin Kerl and sister-in-law, Mary Kerl.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 12:00 Noon at St. John’s Catholic Church in Spring Green. Fr. Bill Nolan will officiate with burial in the church cemetery where graveside military rites will be conducted by the Spring Green American Legion Post #253. Visitation will be held on Saturday at the church from 10:30am until the time of Mass at 12:00 Noon. In lieu of flowers, per Bill’s wish, memorials can be made to the River Valley Athletic Booster Club. Mail To: The Peoples Community Bank %Bill Schoenmann, PO Box 369, Spring Green, WI 53588. Online condolences available at  The Richardson-Stafford Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.