William A. VanSchoonhoven, 86William A. VanSchoonhoven, age 86, of Plum City, died Monday, Dec. 26, at his home, surrounded by his family.
William A. VanSchoonhoven, age 86, of Plum City, died Monday, Dec. 26, at his home, surrounded by his family.
Bill was born Dec. 27, 1924, at home in the Salem Township of Pierce County. He was the son of Carl and Minnie (Hase) VanSchoonhoven and grew up in that community all his life. At the age of 9, he left home and lived with his grandparents, where he helped them on the farm. As a young adult, he continued farming with his grandparents. He married Ramona Hopwood May 31, 1950, at the Little Brown Church in the Vale in Nashua, Iowa. After marriage they purchased a farm in the Township of Union where they farmed and raised their family. Bill farmed for many years until ill health forced him into retirement. During his working years, Bill also drove school bus for the Plum City School District, dug graves, and served on the Ono cemetery board for many years. Bill also worked for Binkowski Oil and delivered trucks for Boyer Ford in the Twin Cities.
Bill loved playing softball, playing cards, and spending time with family and friends. Bill was a devoted grandfather and made sure that his grandchildren knew how to play cards.
Bill is survived by his wife, Monie; five children, Charles (Mary) VanSchoonhoven of Prescott, Denise (Terry) Pelzel of Maiden Rock, Lori (Dave) Klein of Durand, Gary (Karen) VanSchoonhoven of Cross Plains, Rhonda (Troy Gansluckner) VanSchoonhoven of Maiden Rock; 14 grandchildren, Greg (Jaci), Eric (Katherine), Shannon (friend Tim), Mike (Lisa), Scott (Casey) Brice, Jon, Angie, Emily, Nicole, Courtney, Brett, Noah, and Elijah; nine great-grandchildren; two brothers, Gerald (Joanne)VanSchoonhoven of Turtle Lake, Marlyn (Sue) VanSchoonhoven of St. Paul Park, Minn.; three brothers-in-law, Norbert Raesler of St. Paul, Morse "Hoppy" (Wanda) Hopwood of Spooner, Larry (Cathy) Hopwood of Elmwood; two sisters-in-law, Marilyn (Robert) Slonecker of Sterling, Colo., Karen (Jim) Olek of Osakis, Minn.; several nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two children, Scott and Kay; two sisters, Juantia McMahon and Marjorie Raesler; four brothers, Robert, Neil, Jack and Gene.
The family would like to thank Bill's caregivers from hospice, Donene, Kim, Abby, Julie, Beth, Pan, Penny, Jean, for their wonderful care they gave to him during his illness.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, at Ono United Methodist Church, Maiden Rock, with Rev. Shannon Mattison. Burial will be in the Ono Cemetery at a later date. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand and 1 hour prior to services at the church on Saturday.
Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family. Condolences may be made online at www.rhielfuneralhome.com.
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