PAW PAW – Howard A. Schoenholz Sr., 97, of Paw Paw, passed away Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, at Rochelle Community Hospital.
He was born June 29, 1917, in Paw Paw, the son of Arthur W. and Alma (Baxter) Schoenholz. He was united in marriage to Bernice Hansen on June 30, 1937, in Rochelle.
Howard served as a Lee County Farm Bureau president, and as a member of the board of directors of the Illinois State Farm Bureau. He also served on the board of directors of Country Companies Insurance. He was a member of the Order of the Masons, as well as the Elks and Moose lodges. He loved to farm, having farmed in the Paw Paw area his entire life. He worked hard his whole life to provide his family a legacy.
He is survived by three children, Nancy Larimore, Dorothy (Bob) Arjes, and Howard Jr. (Barb); eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a brother, Raymond Schoenholz of Paw Paw.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 77 years, Bernice, on June 25, 2014; a son, Ronald in infancy; two brothers, Glenn and Don; and his half brother, Verne Girton.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Torman Funeral Home, 510 Flagg St., Paw Paw. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Paw Paw United Methodist Church, 370 Wiley Ave., with David Holden, pastor, officiating. Interment will be at Wyoming Township Cemetery in Paw Paw.
Memorials may be made to Paw Paw United Methodist Church.
Visit tormanfuneralhome.com to send condolences.