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Walter Louis "Wally" Schoonover

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Schoonover, Walter Louis "Wally" Of Menomonee Falls, WI, died peacefully at Zilber Family Hospice, Wauwatosa, WI, on Sunday, January 12, 2014, at the age of 84 years. Wally was born July 24, 1929 in Milwaukee, WI to the late Walter M. Schoonover and Margaret E. Schoonover (Dault). He married the love of his life, Laverne M. Steck on Feb. 3, 1951. They were married nearly 63 years. He graduated from Wausau High School in 1948 where he was known for his athletic talent. Wally played semi-professional football for the Wausau Muskies. He continues to hold the record for most yards gained in a football game. He served in the Korean War and was wounded in action. He was awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, 2 Purple Hearts, UN Service Medal, and the Korean War Service Medal. He is a member of Disabled American Veterans and Veterans of Foreign War. Wally is a long time, beloved member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church. He loved nature and taught his children and grandchildren the importance of protecting and respecting the environment. Wally is survived by his wife, Laverne and 5 children, Cynthia (William) Goldman, Alan (Linda) Schoonover, Lauren (Patrick) Pomeroy, Kathleen Anne Augustine, Mary Jo (Joseph) Dejanovich. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren, Brian, Erin, Matthew (Kate), Allison (Chris), Ryan, Meghan, Andrea, Trent, Ashley, Sophia and Samuel. Two great-grandchildren, Noah and Kira. Sister, Patricia Schoonover, Wausau, WI. Further survived by seven sisters-in-law and five brothers-in law, nieces, nephews and many other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, Wally is preceded in death by his sister, Raeburn (nee Schoonover) Will. Visitation at Good Shepherd Catholic Church (N88 W17658 Christman Rd., Menomonee Falls) on Friday, January 17, 2014, from 9 AM until the Memorial Mass at 11 AM. Inurnment at Wisconsin Memorial Park (13235 W. Capitol Dr., Brookfield) at 3 PM with full military honors (please meet us in the red parking area at the cemetery). In lieu of flowers, memorials suggested to Wounded Warrior project woundedwarriorproject.org. A special thank you to the amazing, caring professionals at Zilber Hospice and the nursing staff at Froedtert Hospital, Comfort Keepers and good friend Roy Esselman.
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Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Jan. 15, 2014
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