Paul Bernard Schoeneman(January 1, 1953 - September 20, 2012)



Paul Schoeneman, 59, died peacefully on September 20, 2012, at St. Elias Specialty Hospital in Anchorage, Alaska, after a short illness. Paul's family was ever present by his side.

He was born January 1, 1953, to Myrlin and Lorna (Ireland) Schoeneman in Port Angeles. He graduated from Forks High School in 1972.

During his youth, he was active in the Boy Scouts and a member and acolyte of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. He discovered the Olympic Mountains and its park and began a lifelong love of the outdoors. Backpacking, fishing and the many friends who shared those adventures with him were always a source of joy for him.

He maintained those close relationships throughout his life as he remained loyal and dedicated to them always. Paul's fun-loving personality was what drew us all to him.

He served in the Army (1973-1976) and received training as a radar technician. This led him to jobs in Saudi Arabia, Greenland and eventually to Clear, Alaska, where he worked for 26 years.

Paul married Debra Johnson of Port Angeles in 1982, and together, they had three children.

He married his present wife, Kaye Christofferson of Anchorage, in 2004. He had an abiding love of family and friends and, most importantly, his children.

He is survived by his wife, Kaye; his daughter, Sara Schoeneman of Bellingham; sons Dale Schoeneman of Stanwood, Washington, and Scott Schoeneman of Sequim; brothers Peter of Port Townsend, Dale of Marshfield, Massachusetts and Merlin of Seattle; and sister Robyn (Schoeneman) Johnson of Port Angeles. Paul left behind many others who loved him, be it childhood or newly found friends, work mates, nieces, nephews and especially his Aunt Inez and Uncles Graham and Rolly, and all his many cousins and friends in New Zealand.

Kia ora, Paul.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 6, at Christ Church Episcopal, 5101 O'Malley Road, Anchorage. A celebration of life will follow.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Paul's name to the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Oct. 4, 2012