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Donald Schoenberger


August 16, 2018

Donald William Schoenberger, 94, of Thermopolis, Wyo., passed away August 10, 2018, at Hot Springs County Memorial Hospital. He had been a resident of Thermopolis Rehabilitation and Wellness Center for the past five years.

Don was born in Rolfe, Iowa, to William Schoenberger and Elizabeth (Cox) Schoenberger on November 1, 1923. He was baptized and made his 1st Communion and Confirmation at Saint Margaret's Catholic Church in Rolfe, Iowa. He moved to Balaton, Minn., in February of 1941. His parents purchased a farm NW of Balaton. Don Attended Balaton High School and graduated in 1942. He helped his parents farm.

On September 27, 1950, he married Alice Coudron and they moved into a farm house one mile north of his folks. Don farmed with his Dad until January 1, 1955, when he and his wife Alice moved onto his parent's farm which they later bought.

Don was very active in many organizations. He was president of the Balaton Farmers Union Local for 25 years, treasurer of the Rock Lake Township for 32 years and taught CCD classes at St. Dionysius Catholic Church in Tyler, Minn., for several years. Don was a Knight of Columbus 3rd degree. He joined the Eagles in the 1980's and was an active member.

Don farmed in Minnesota for many years and then went to work for Schwan's in 1972. He worked there for 18 years when he retired. Over the years Don & Alice enjoyed many camping adventures and taking numerous trip tours through out the United Sates.

The couple sold their farm in 1997 and moved to Thermopolis to be near their children and grandchildren. Don and his wife spent a lot of time at the Senior Center where they enjoyed visiting with many friends. They were also active in St. Francis Catholic Church.

Don is survived by his children, Maxine (Dale) Ruppert, Jeanne (Jeff) Mumm all of Basin, Wyo., Patrick Schoenberger of Las Vegas, Nev., and Karlene (John) Huckman of Thermopolis; grandchildren, Tammy (Ed) Castagne of Cody and Matthew King of Casper, Wyo .; great-grandchildren, Garrett Castagne, of Cody, Zaccery William Shoup King of Casper, and Jessica (Kevin) Straw of Cody; great, great-granddaughters of Cody, Wyo .; sister, Aloma Coudron of Marshall, Minn .; one brother-in-law and a sister-in-law from Minnesota; and many nieces and nephews.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; wife of 65 years, Alice; sister Betty; daughter-in-law, Sharon Schoenberger; and great-grandson Justin Harwood.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on August 25, 2018, at 11 a.m. at St. Francis Catholic Church in Thermopolis, Wyo. A luncheon will follow for family and friends at the St. Francis Parish Hall.

A private family burial will be held at a later date. Memorials can be made to the Knights of Columbus, c/o St. Francis Catholic Church or Hot Springs County Sr. Center, Thermopolis, Wyoming.

Mortimore Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online messages may be offered at


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