Roger Raymond Schoenbauer

Roger Schoenbauer passed away peacefully on December 23, 2018 at the age of 69.  A gathering of family & friends is Tuesday, January 1, 2019 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at Ballard-Sunder Funeral & Cremation (104 First Street West) in Jordan.  Funeral Liturgy is Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at 12:00 Noon with visitation one-hour prior at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church (313 East 2nd Street) in Jordan.  Father Neil Bakker will preside.  Memorials are preferred and will be distributed in Roger’s honor by his family.

On February 9, 1949, Roger Raymond Schoenbauer was born to Ray & Harriet (Jirak) Schoenbauer. He was the second of five children.  Roger loved growing up on the family farm in New Prague with his siblings, Gary, Mary Kay, Allen & Daniel.  Roger spent a lot of time out in nature.  His parents passed on a love of gardening to him, and Roger’s grandpa taught him how to identify different kinds of trees.

Roger attended St. Wenceslaus and graduated from New Prague High School.  He then studied to become a farm equipment mechanic at Austin Vo-Tech.  While in school, he began dating Angie Busch.  Roger offered her a ride when he saw her walking home one evening.  She took the ride, and the rest was history.  They quickly fell in love, but their courtship was interrupted when Roger was drafted into the military.

He was proud to serve in the United State Navy.  Roger was stationed in San Diego before being set out to sea on the USS San Jose during the Vietnam War.  He was a mechanic and firefighter aboard the supply ship.  After two-years of active service, Roger was medically discharged.  

While Roger was in the military, he married the love of his life.  Roger and Angie exchanged wedding vows at St. Wenceslaus on June 25, 1971.  They were blessed with three wonderful children, Eric, Jason & Heather.  When their kids were young, the family lived on a farm in New Auburn.  Roger passed on his love of farming to his kids.  He was always very active in his kid’s lives.  Roger was a 4H leader, helped his kids with demo derbies and racing, and loved taking family road trips. 

Eventually Roger and Angie sold their farm and moved to Jordan.  Roger began working for Scott County.  He spent the next 30 years in the highway maintenance department.  He was lead supervisor when he retired in 2015.  Roger made many wonderful friends, and all his coworkers lovingly referred to him as, “Pops”. 

When Roger wasn’t working, he enjoyed spending time outside.  He loved hunting and fishing.  He kept the most beautiful flower and vegetable gardens.  Roger also grew plants to give as gifts to friends.  Roger was a farmer at heart.  He loved driving the tractor and helping on local farms. 

Roger was so generous with his time and talents.  He was always helping others.  Roger was very involved at St. John’s through the Knights of Columbus, Quests and the church auction.  He also took many mission trips to Appalachia to help build homes for those in need.  Roger and Angie visited with St. Gertrude’s residents every Sunday.  He was active in Homebound Ministry and Meals on Wheels.  Roger was a faith-filled man, and he had a servant’s heart.

Although Roger had many interests, family was most important. His grandkids were the highlight of his life.  Roger loved spending time with them, and they brought so much joy into his life.   

Roger was a wonderful husband, father, grandpa and friend.  His smile lit up the room.  Roger could tell a story to make anyone laugh, and he was doing this right until the end.  He lived each day to the fullest, and he will be deeply missed by his loving wife, Angie Schoenbauer; children, Eric (Robynne) Schoenbauer, Jason (Jackie) Schoenbauer; Heather (Chris) Feltmann; grandkids, Samantha, Carson, Addyson & Cameron; siblings, Gary (Mary) Schoenbauer, Allen Schoenbauer & Daniel Schoenbauer.

Roger was greeted in Heaven by his two infant children; parents, Ray & Harriet Schoenbauer; sister, Mary Kay Schoenbauer; grandchildren, Codey & Paige.

 

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  1. LeRoy E Schoenbauer

    Hugs and Prayers from our family to yours!!

  2. We will miss our dear and long-time friend and so much more. Our long journey with Roger brings many happy memories to us and our family. We love you, Angie, and will be here for you. Hold tight to the memories. He was a good man.

  3. Frank and Connie Brekken

    All of you are on our mind and in our heart at this sad time. Take good care of each other. Much love to you all.

  4. We miss you Roger. I can see you holding Codey.

  5. Sympathies to the family. We have always enjoyed visiting with Eric and Robin, and Pat and Sara (our daughter) thought highly of Roger.

  6. Becky (Schoenecker) Darif

    Dear Angie and family,
    May God bless you and give you patience and hope in this hard time. I am sure the hole in your heart is great. May God fill it with all the wonderful memories you have and with hope. Big hugs to you.

  7. Dear Angie and Family,
    We feel so very lucky to have been able to call you and Roger friends. The two of you were always a beautiful example of what it means to love unconditionally and to make time for friends and family. We will miss Roger deeply and mourn his absence with you. Such a wonderfully strong, supportive father, loyal caring friend and husband, and playful Grandfather. We have all been luck to have had the time we had with him in our lives. Hugs to you across the miles. We love you.

  8. My heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends. May you find some comfort in the promise found in Revelation 21: 3-4 and 1Thessalonians 4:14. Knowing that there is an opportunity to be reunited with loved ones.

  9. Gene and Roberta Francis

    Our sympathy to the Schoenbauer family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  10. Wonderful man! Will be missed by many. Deepest sympathy and Hugs to the whole family.

  11. Claire and Tony Robling

    Roger was always so cheerful and fun to be around. We will miss him. Our condolences to your family. You are all part of his legacy, and it is a special one.

  12. So very sorry for your family’s loss, Jackie. Your father in law sounded like a terrific man! Linda Erickson

  13. Kyle and Jeanie Tutsch

    Our thoughts are with you during this time. I am so sorry for your loss. RIP Pops.

  14. I’m sorry for your loss. Roger was a nice neighbor. Thinking of you Angie !!

  15. We’re sorry to hear about the passing of Roger. Our Prayes and thoughts are with you during this sad time. May God give you the needed strength in the days ahead.
    Love’n Prayers always,
    Roman and Jan Hertaus

  16. You all are in our prayers. Roger always had a smile & a hug & a bit of advice for us, from our 4-H years on. We have fond memories of time with your family at the fair & at church at St. John’s. Love, love, love you you all….

  17. Jeff and Terry Bissell

    Dear, Sweet Angie, Our hearts and prayers go out to you this day of mourning. You and Roger were always ( and will always be remembered as) a Christian loving, generous couple. You raised such wonderful children and were blessed with beautiful grandchildren. They were so lucky to have Roger as their father and Grandpa and continue to be blessed with you as their Mother and Grandma. We are so sorry not to be there with you today to help shoulder your sorrow, but know that we will always hold you in our hearts and prayers. We love you dearly and send our deepest sympathies to you and your family.

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