Richard Allen SCHONEY

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RICHARD ALLEN SCHONEY
March 25, 1946 - August 31, 2017
Richard (Dick) Schoney passed away suddenly on August 31, 2017 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan at the age of 71 years. Dick was born to Earl and Doris (Ferguson) Schoney on March 25, 1946 in Lena, Illinois, the middle of three children. He grew up on the family farm and enjoyed working with his dad. Dick and his father shared a passion for flying and he got his pilot's license at a young age. After high school he went on to the University of Illinois where he met his future wife, Madeline Hill. After obtaining his B.S. degree he joined in the Brethren Volunteer Service where he spent 2 years in Morocco. He returned to earn his master's degree from the University of Illinois and his Ph.D. from Purdue University in Agriculture Economics. He then took a position at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and enjoyed 6 years of teaching and farm extension. While in Wisconsin he developed the Top Management Program to help farmers begin using some of the first personal computers in farm planning. In 1982 he moved his family to Canada to start a job with the University of Saskatchewan. Richard was a professor at the university teaching farm management and finance until his retirement in July 2015. He cared about his students and enjoyed being their mentor. Richard continued to stay in contact with his former students and often invited them to his home for holiday dinners. He had the privilege of going to visit some of his students in their native countries of China, Thailand and Germany. He loved to spend time with family, particularly his grandchildren. He had a passion for traveling, photography, and enjoyed landscaping his back yard, which he called his "park". He was a Bible scholar and really enjoyed sharing his faith with others. He felt very privileged to have served as a board member of Lakeview Free Methodist Church. Dick is survived by his wife, two children, Dave (Kelli) of Urbandale, Iowa, Suzanne (Stephen) of Edinburgh, Scotland. He has 7 grandchildren, Andy, Isaac, Clark, Lillian, Cole, Eli and Elodie. He is survived by his siblings, Gary Schoney and Nancy (Ron) Jones of Urbandale, Iowa, sister-in-law and brothers-in-law Rita and Neal Carlson and Ronnie Hill, nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and an uncle. He was predeceased by his parents, parents-in-law, and sister-in-law, DiAnn Hill. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, September 8 at Lakeview Free Methodist Church, corner of Highway 16 and Boychuk Drive, Saskatoon at 11 a.m. To share memories and condolences, visit wwwparkfuneral.ca "Obituaries-Guestbook". Arrangements entrusted to Derryl Hildebrandt, Park Funeral Home, 306.244.2103.

Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix on Sept. 6, 2017
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