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Harold Schoelen

1931 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
HAROLD SCHOELEN September 12, 1931 - May 5, 2013 Harold Schoelen, 81, died Sunday, May 5, 2013 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Harold was born on September 12, 1931 in Kingfisher County, Oklahoma, the eldest of seven children, born to Frank and Caroline Schoelen. They moved to California in 1942, first to Montebello and then to Madera where Harold finished high school before joining the United States Coast Guard in 1949. He served for six years, ending his military career as the Officer-in-Charge at the Point Arena Light Station. Harold married the love of his life, Marie DeRoest, on September 19, 1953. They began their nearly 60 years of marriage at Point Arena and their first daughter, Linda, was born there. In 1955 they moved to Red Bluff where Harold began his 32 year career in law enforcement. He started with the Tehama County Sheriff's Office but soon moved to the Red Bluff Police Department. In 1958 their second daughter, Carol, completed the family. In 1986 Harold retired from the Red Bluff Police Department as a Lieutenant and then served eight years on the Red Bluff City Council. He also served 25 years on the Red Bluff Cemetery Board and was a member of the Elk's Lodge, Wilcox Oaks Golf Club, and Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Harold enjoyed many hobbies and loved to help people. He was very musical, playing the accordion, organ, and piano. He was an accomplished golfer, shooting four holes-in-one and winning many tournaments. He loved riding his motorcycle and traveling in their motor home. He also enjoyed playing poker with his buddies. Harold leaves a large extended family and many good friends who will greatly miss his smile, strength, and hugs. He is survived by his wife, Marie, and their daughters Linda Robathan (David) of Redding, and Carol Stephens of Red Bluff; his grandchildren, Eric Robathan of Gig Harbor, WA, Ryan Stephens of Red Bluff, Richard Robathan (Sarah) of Bremerton, WA, Garrett Robathan (Alexx) of Hayward, CA, Heather Stephens of Red Bluff, and his great grandsons Zachary Stephens and Ryder Robathan. He is also survived by his brothers Paul Schoelen (Donna), and Frank Schoelen of Red Bluff; his sisters Beatrice Lambdin (Richard) and Mary Adams of Red Bluff; his brothers-in-law Gary Hendricks (Teresa) and Ken Wright of Red Bluff, sister-in-laws, Gerry Etzler (Ron) and Gwen Frost, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Caroline Schoelen, sisters Virginia Hendricks and Edna Wright, sister-in-law Mona Schoelen, brother-in-laws John Adams and Paul Frost, nephew Gary Wade Hendricks, and a great niece and nephew. Services will take place on Monday, May 20 at 2:00 pm at the Igo-Ono Veteran's Cemetery followed by a reception at the Red Bluff Elk's Lodge. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the RBPD K9 Program, 555 Washington Street, Red Bluff, CA 96080.
Published in Daily News on May 14, 2013
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