Michael James Schoenfelder was born Jan. 12, 1949, at Rochester, to Donald V. and Elizabeth M. (Simmons) Schoenfelder, the second of four boys. As a young man, he attended St. Francis Elementary School and Lourdes High School, both in Rochester, graduating in 1967. Mike enlisted into the U.S. Air Force
soon after high school graduation and served until 1971, including service in the Vietnam War
Mike married Patricia Ellen Moreland on April 10, 1981, in Las Vegas, Nev., and to this union two daughters were born, Jamie and Megan. The couple settled in Denver, Colo., for several years, where Mike was employed as a factory representative for a major chemical company. They moved to Atlanta, Ga., in 1983, and Eau Claire, Wis., in 1993. Mike continued working in sales for large equipment company. He later retired from sales, and began his second career as an over-the-road truck driver. Mike and Pat moved to Imperial, Neb., in June 2008, and Mike was employed at the Frenchman Valley Coop for several years.
Mike passed away Friday afternoon, Feb. 14, 2014, at his home in Imperial. He was 65 years of age.
Mike enjoyed being outdoors, and loved to fish, especially trying his hand at catching muskie.
Mike was preceded in death by his father and a brother, Frank Schoenfelder
Survivors include his mother, Elizabeth Thompson and husband, Arnold of Rochester; wife, Patricia of Imperial, Neb.; daughters, Jamie Schoenfelder of Eau Claire, Wis., and Megan Schoenfelder of North Platte, Neb.; granddaughter, Miklyn Schoenfelder of North Platte, Neb.; brothers, Gary Schoenfelder of Rochester, Greg Schoenfelder and wife, Gwen of Rochester; numerous local brothers and sisters-in-law; and nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday morning, Feb. 19, at 10:30 a.m. at the Crossroads Wesleyan Church in Imperial, Neb., with Pastor Phil Harris officiating. Interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery in Imperial.
Visitation will be held this afternoon, Feb. 18, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the funeral home in Imperial.
Online condolences can be left at liewerfuernalhome.com.
Liewer Funeral Homes, 841 Court St., Imperial, NE 69033, 308-882-4642, is in charge of arrangements.