Herman Schoener

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When you are surrounded by the people who love you, how little you’ve got doesn’t determine where you are going.  We are grateful for the care and love our father gave us and this country.  We are grateful for his parents who raised him well and we hope we do him proud with our families, too.

Retired U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sergeant Herman G. Schoener, 80, born in Encinal, TX., died Tuesday, March 23, 2021, in his son’s loving care.

He served honorably in the U.S. Military for 31 years.  Due to his love of Germany, he was involved with the Belleville-Paderborn Sister Cities program.    He enjoyed family road trips all over America and Europe.  As a point of pride, Herman remembered every single road he ever traveled and ever got lost on in his 80 years of life.

He was preceded in death by his dear wife of 29 years, Irene F. Schoener, whom he married on a cool spring day in Grafenwoehr, April 1967; his parents, Richard A. and Hattie Schoener; his sisters, Anna Garcia, Virginia Prince, and Marcella Schoener; and his brothers, Allen and James “Jimmy” Schoener.

He is survived by his children and their spouses, Christy and Mohammad, Rich and Ying, and Robert and Amy; and five grandchildren who miss him already.  He is also survived by his sister, Joyce Humes; brother-in-law, Rene Garcia; sister-in-law, Kyoko Schoener; and countless cousins, nieces, and nephews who love him dearly.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or to the Belleville Sister Cities program.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL. Standard CDC guidelines, including masks and social distancing will be observed.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 1, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL. Standard CDC guidelines, including masks and social distancing will be observed.

Burial with full military honors will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.


16 Comments on Herman Schoener

Sebastian said : Guest Report May 20, 2021 at 2:24 AM

Thanks for the time I could spend with Herm traveling to America and for the things he showed me, the time he hosted me. We‘ll remember a great man with stories to tell. Sebastian from Paderborn, Germany

  • Paderborn
  • Nordrhein-Westfalen
Harold Grabs said : Guest Report Apr 05, 2021 at 11:43 AM

Although I had not corresponded with Herman in sixty years, he quickly responded to my inquiry. It was as if we had not missed a beat. I am happy that our paths crossed.

  • Cedar Creek
  • TX
Heiner and Gabi said : Guest Report Apr 02, 2021 at 3:30 AM

Ein richtiger Texaner mit deutschen Wurzeln in Belleville, der viel für die deutsch-amerikanische Freundschaft geleistet hat. A good friend and supporter for the sister city relationship between Belleville and Paderborn. Our thoughts go to his family and friends. We’ll keep him in our memory. Heiner Sprenkamp, President and Gabi Wolfgang Stueken, Vice President and Renate Erwin Schlenger, Treasurer and Uta Dr. Otmar Allendorf, Honorary Secretary and Helga DAFK Paderborn - Belleville

  • Paderborn
  • Germany
Annette Heye said : Guest Report Mar 31, 2021 at 12:03 AM

Prayers and condolences to Herman's family. He mentioned you at our high school reunions. I always enjoyed the conversations he and I had. Duck class of l959.

  • Cedar Hill
Gordon/Martha Cachola said : Guest Report Mar 30, 2021 at 6:14 PM

Condolence to your family. Herman was a Great person we have known for many years. Always have happy thoughts of your dad for now he is with your mother.

  • Carlyle
  • IL
Debbie Humes-Maldonado said : Guest Report Mar 30, 2021 at 5:11 PM

Wie Gehts! I can’t recall a time that Uncle Herman didn’t greet me with those words! No matter how much time had passed between visits, that was his greeting. He was a talker and a storyteller-and when he and Aunt Cella were together, the competition was on!! As a matter of fact, the last time I was able to visit with him, he was in Taylor for a HS reunion. When he got back to the Schoener Haus, those two were tag teaming all evening. I honestly felt like they could go all night! Now he’s reunited with all of the Schoener storytellers that went before him(and my daddy and sister too). It’s not goodbye, Uncle Herman. It’s til we meet again!

  • San Antonio
  • Texas
Dr. Otmar Allendorf said : Guest Report Mar 30, 2021 at 12:54 PM

Our sympathy is with Herm’s family. Herm was a wonderful supporter of the sister city relationship between Belleville and Paderborn/Germany. We’ll remember him for his genuine friendship and hospitality.

  • Padeborn/Bad Lippspringe
  • Germany
Ken Pasols said : Guest Report Mar 29, 2021 at 1:36 PM

Condolences to you and the family. I am a Veteran myself. I was stationed in Bad Krueznack, Germany (BK). Spent many good times in Grafenwoehr. God Speed my Brother in a Arms! Hua..

  • Gainesville
  • GA
Carol said : Guest Report Mar 29, 2021 at 7:51 AM

Such a good and genuinely nice man. So sorry for your loss.

  • Xxxxx
  • Xxxxx
Sandra Humes-Wade said : Guest Report Mar 28, 2021 at 9:29 PM

I’m so so sorry for y’all’s loss. My heart breaks for y’all. Uncle Herman was an amazing man and he will be deeply missed. Fly with the Angels ?

  • Kyle
  • Texas
Nancy Ryan Macklin said : Guest Report Mar 28, 2021 at 4:25 PM

My sympathy to Herm's family. He was a nice person to know and a devoted longtime member of Belleville Sister Cities, Inc. He could be counted on to help with any project and for years chaired the membership committee. Herm was always pleasant to work with, and I always enjoyed his funny, quirky sense of humor! He will be missed. Nancy Macklin

  • Belleville
  • IL
Lis and Wayne Vanover said : Guest Report Mar 28, 2021 at 3:33 PM

Please accept our condolences on the loss of your Dad. He was a great friend. We are so sorry to hear this.

  • Fort Myers
  • Florida
Pat Helbert said : Guest Report Mar 28, 2021 at 3:31 PM

My sincere condolences to the family . Herman always contacted me about homecoming in Taylor . He was an avid Taylor Duck and loved coming to reunions . I will surely miss him . Hugs to all of you

  • Taylor
  • Tx
Yvonne Kautz Graham said : Guest Report Mar 28, 2021 at 2:22 PM

I was shocked to get the news of Herman passing. We go back a long way. I will miss him. He was a loyal classmate of the class of 1959. I always enjoyed his stories of Germany and of his travels. Prayers for the family.

  • Georgetown
  • Texas
Margie Schoener Robinson said : Guest Report Mar 28, 2021 at 8:58 AM

I thought so much of Herman and danced many a polka with him when I was in high school, one year behind him. I am a cousin to the other Richard Schoener Family in Taylor, my father also Richard Schoener. I visited with him at the class reunions that we both attended. I wanted so much to come to Illinois to see him. My husband will be deceased 18 years on March 30.. God bless your family as you remember all of the good memories. Margie

  • New Braunfels
  • TX
Phil & Mary Pearson said : Guest Report Mar 27, 2021 at 9:34 PM

Rest in peace Chief. You were a great friend and mentor to me and many others in the Air Force, DISA, and civilian community. Mary and I offer our deepest condolences to your family and friends. Thank you for your service and patriotism fellow Chief.

  • Lebanon
  • IL

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