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James M. Schoonhoven

James Melvin Schoonhoven, 71, Freeport, husband, father, grandpa, brother, and friend died unexpectedly Sunday, March 30, 2014 at his favorite vacation place, Panama City Beach, Fla.

He was born in Freeport on April 12, 1942, the son of Melvin Schoonhoven and Marie Fager.

He graduated from Forreston High School in 1960 where he held the basketball scoring record for 35

years and lettered in four sports.
He earned his associates degree from Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, Minn., and was a starter on the basketball team both years.

He was a member of the U.S. Army National Guard.

He was an owner and operator of a Mac Tools franchise and worked for Hilltop Plumbing and Heating Supplies.

In his retirement he worked part-time for Napa Auto Parts.

He married Rosalie Greve on Aug.14, 1965 in German Valley.

Jim’s life centered on his family, friends, and his home.

He was the love, soul mate, and best thing that ever happened to Rosie.

He loved playing golf with his son and was a coach for all of Derek’s sports.

Anytime he could help improve a child’s sports ability, it gave him great joy. He was a great basketball player and an avid golfer.

Playing and being with his grandchildren, son, daughter-in-law, and wife was the highlight of his life.

We could tell you more, but everyone has their own special story about “Schoney”.

Surviving are his wife, Rosie, Freeport; one son, Derek (Paula), grandchildren, Jessie and Riley Schoonhoven, Naperville, and one sister, Judy (Jim) Coenen, Janesville, Wis.

He was preceded in death by his parents. 

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 12 at 2 p.m. at United Presbyterian Church, Freeport, with Pastor Kathleen Luke officiating. 

A visitation will be from noon until the time of the service at the church. 

In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established.

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