LYONS — Surrounded by the love of his family, Bill Schoenhofer, Lyons, 85, returned to God on Feb. 28, 2013. Friends may call from 2-6 p.m. Monday, March 4, at Birzer Funeral Home in Lyons. Parish rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at St. Paul Catholic Church in Lyons. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Paul’s Catholic Church with Father Thomas Leland officiating. Interment will be at Lyons Municipal Cemetery with military honors by Ft. Riley.
Bill was born on Sept. 21, 1927, to Carl and Tillie Smith Schoenhofer in Walnut. The youngest of 11 children, Bill is survived by his identical twin, Art Schoenhofer of Andover, and his older brother, Larry Schoenhofer of Eureka Springs, Ark.
Bill was raised in Walnut and moved to Chase in 1947 after serving two years in the U.S. Army as a Military Police Officer in Japan. In 1949, he began employment with Raymond Oil Company where he completed his career of 46 years as a production superintendent. Bill married Carolyn “Cary” Link on Oct. 1, 1951, in Chase. Bill and Cary then moved to Lyons where they would spend their life working and raising their four children, Art, Kim, Julie and Lisa. Bill is survived by his loving wife, Cary; his son, Art Schoenhofer and wife Connie of Kingman; and his daughters, Julie Goulding and husband Tim of Lawrence, and Lisa Martin of Overland Park. Bill was preceded in death by his daughter Kim Williamson in 2005.
Bill and Cary have the following grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Ali O’Connor, husband Tom and children Tommy and Lexi of Wichita; Tim Schoenhofer, wife Kristen and children Leigha and Trey of Wichita; Jeff Schoenhofer, wife Lindsay, and children McKenzie and Courtney of Kingman; Andrea Christensen, husband Phil and children Abigail and George of Prairie Village; Brian Williamson of Overland Park; Carrie Powls, husband Eric and children Johnny and Kimmie of Louisburg; Jane and Grace Goulding of Lawrence; and Julianne, Andrew and Matthew Martin of Overland Park.
Bill was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church of Lyons. He was an avid golfer and a member of the Lyons Town and Country Club. He often competed in many local tournaments and was the longest invited member to the Seniors Tournament in Ellinwood. He also enjoyed hunting from the time of his youth and throughout his life.
Memorial contributions may be given to St. Paul Catholic Church or Meals on Wheels in care of Birzer Funeral Home.
Funeral arrangements provided by
Birzer Funeral Home**
214 West Ave S
Lyons, KS 67554-2712
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, March 3, 2013