Victor Edward Schoenike

Victor E. Schoenike, 82, of Springstead, peacefully entered into eternal life with God at his residence surrounded by his family under the care of Flambeau Home Health Care and Hospice. He was born Nov. 21, 1928, in Lebanon, the son of George and Dina (Zwieg) Schoenike.

He spent his early life and schooling in the Watertown area. He served his country in the U.S. Army from January 1946 to June 1948. He married Genevieve Brandt on March 24, 1949, in Watertown. He was employed for more than 45 years as a cement finisher for the T.V. John and Sons Co. in Elm Grove. On Nov. 12, 1988, he married Ruth Schauer-Wagner in Watertown. They lived in Watertown for five years before making their home in Springstead in 1993.

He was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Watertown and Peace Lutheran Church in Park Falls. He was an active member of the community and served as a volunteer fireman for the Township of Sherman. A lifelong sportsman, he enjoyed bowling, golf, fishing, hunting, skiing, gardening and making maple syrup.

Victor was the loving husband of Ruth of Springstead and the caring father of four daughters, Vickie (Steven) Stretz of Wausau, Patti (John) Dibb of Hartland, Debra Ann Gusler-Schoenike of Boulder Junction and Patricia (Jerry) Thrams of Concord, and one son, Guy Wagner of Watertown. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Florence Holtan of Waukesha and Doris (Charles) Elliot of Waukesha; nieces and nephews; and one sister-in-law, Darlene Schoenike.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Dina Schoenike; his first wife, Genevieve, on Sept. 28, 1984; three brothers, Edgar, Palmer and Robert; and one sister, Irene.

Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the 11 a.m. memorial service Saturday, Dec. 11, at Peace Lutheran Church, Park Falls, with the Rev. Dale Heinlein officiating. Visitation continues from 2 p.m. until the 5 p.m. Christian burial service Monday, Dec. 13, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Watertown, with the Rev. Dale Heinlein officiating. Inurnment will be Tuesday, Dec. 14, at the Lutheran cemetery in Watertown.

Heindl Funeral Home of Phillips, 715-339-2313, is assisting the family with local arrangements.