Gary L Schoening

October 1, 1946 ~ February 4, 2020 (age 73)


Gary Lewis Schoening, 73, passed away peacefully February 4, 2020.

Gary was born to Lewis and Jeanne Stedman Schoening October 1, 1946 in Winona, Minnesota.  He graduated from Winona State University December 1969 with a double degree in biology and chemistry.  From there, he went to Officer Candidate School in the US Navy in Pensacola, FL.  Due to an injury during training, he was honorably discharged in February, 1970.  He soon found work as a chemist for Ashland Chemical Company. His career with Ashland would take him from Minneapolis, to Fords, NJ and finally to Dublin, Ohio.  He retired in 2008 as a Senior Research Chemist after a 38 year career with Ashland, Inc.

Gary was active in Boy Scouts of America for over 50 years.  His greatest joy was taking boys and young men on wilderness canoe trips in the Boundary Waters, and northern Ontario and teaching them wilderness survival skills.   He served as Scoutmaster in Troop 185 (Dublin, Ohio) and Troop 125 (Unionville Center, Ohio).  He also was an adult leader in Boy Scout Camporees and Cub Scout Day Camps.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 47 years, Sheryl (Sherrie) Halloran Schoening, sons Bret (Nicole) and Grant (Karie); grandchildren Isabella, Jack, and Adam; and brother Donald L. (Valerie).  Nephews Joel (Krista) son Asher and Nolan (Gretchen) sons Owen and Mason; brother-in-law, Kevin (Liz) Halloran, children Julie Barta (James) and Logan.

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Visitation and a Celebration of Gary’s Life will take place at Fawcett Junker Funeral Home, Winona on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 from 4:00-8:00 pm.  Burial will be in Bush Cemetery at 10:00 am Thursday, July 16, 2020.

Services entrusted to Fawcett Junker Funeral Home & Crematory, Winona, MN and Fountain City, WI.  Words of sympathy and remembrance can be given at

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July 15, 2020

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Fawcett Junker Funeral Home, Winona, MN
1476 West Broadway
Winona, MN 55987
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July 16, 2020

10:00 AM
Bush Cemetery, rural Ridgeway, MN
Intersection Tower Road and County Road 12
Dakota, MN 55925
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