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OBIT: Louis Carl Schoning

Louis Carl Schoning, 92, of Sheffield, sadly left us on February 18, 2023, at MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center in Mason City.

Louis Carl Schoning, 92, of Sheffield, sadly left us on February 18, 2023, at MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center in Mason City. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, February 24, 2023, at Zion St. John Lutheran Church in Sheffield. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, February 25, 2023, at Zion St. John Lutheran Church in Sheffield. Burial will take place at Hillside Cemetery in Sheffield. Counsell Woodley Funeral Home of Sheffield is caring for Louie and his family.

Louie was born August 20, 1930, in Chapin, Iowa, into the very large Culver family. He had fourteen aunts and uncles, which led to a large extended family. Louie’s first job was as a pinsetter at a local bowling alley. This is a fact that his family didn’t know until he started bowling later in life.

His first adult job was working for the creamery in Sheffield. He delivered milk and was also an assistant butter maker. It was while working there that he met Dorothy Ann Schroeder. She was working across the street at Hershey’s grocery store. They began dating in 1951. Louie purchased his first car, a black model A, with skirts and a rumble seat. They would put a dollar’s worth of gas in it and hit the town. The Surf in Clear Lake was their favorite place to spend weekends with friends. Often they would get home and have to go right to work the next day.

Louie and Dorothy were united in marriage on July 19, 1953, at Zion St. John Lutheran Church in Sheffield. They drove to International Falls, Minnesota, in their “new” 1949 Ford. They had to go somewhere cooler as it was 99 degrees in the church on their wedding day.

After they returned, Louie joined Dorothy’s father, Albert in the family business of farming. The farm was established in 1901 by the Schroeder family, but now is a century farm with the Schoning family. Louie was a very hard working man as he also worked at the Sheffield Brick and Tile and later, Sukup Manufacturing during the day, and farming in the evenings and weekends. He added another job many years later, as a flower delivery person for Dorothy’s flower shop, D’s Flowers. He said he always enjoyed this job, as people are always happy to see you! But his love for farming was with him until his final days. He always wanted to be updated on the “boys” progress in the spring and fall.

Louie and Dorothy enjoyed spending their retirement years in Arizona. The Resort was the park where they spent their winter months with friends from Iowa, Michigan, and Kansas. It was here where they learned the game of “31”. This has now become the family’s card game of choice. Louie was deceptively good at this game. The grandkids could not figure out how to beat him.

Louie spent his last few years at the Sheffield Care Center. Louie was a loyal Westfork Warhawk fan and a lifelong Hawkeye and Vikings fan. His weekends were spent cheering on his favorite teams. His room was a stop to check on the scores for these games. He thoroughly enjoyed the staff at the care center, especially having two of his granddaughters, Samantha and Madisyn working there. He loved giving all of the staff a “hard time”. We want to thank all of the amazing staff for his excellent care.

Louie is survived by his children: Gary Schoning of Sheffield, Greg (Sue)Schoning of Arnolds Park, Diane (Rich) Duzenbury of Panora, and David Schoning of Sheffield; Grandchildren: Kaci (Glen) Harper, Amy (Joe) Mckee, Michaela Schoning, Megan (Brandon) Trapp, Hanna Schoning, Brandon Bealer, and Collin, Stephen, and Abby Schoning; Great grandchildren: Samantha, Madisyn, Emma, Cole, Cale, Kaibrea, Drayce and Axel; Great-great grandson, Jacksyn; Brother, Fred (Pat) Schoning; along with many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Dorothy Schoning.

Memorials may be directed to the Schoning Family and mailed to: 1958 255th Street, Sheffield, Iowa 50475.

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