Robert E. "Gene" Schoonover

1930 - 2019

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Robert E. “Gene” Schoonover, Sr, 88, passed away on March 4, 2019 at 2:20 pm at his home in Benton Ridge, surrounded by his family. He was born in Benton Ridge to Clair and Golda (Young) Schoonover on April 27, 1930. Gene married Mary Lou (Kennedy) on February 8, 1957 in Benton Ridge, Ohio. Gene is survived by his wife, Mary Lou, and sons: Robert (Gail), Kevin (Anita), Mike (Teri Coy); daughter, Kathy; special niece, Shari Schoonover; his grandchildren: Tony (Kelly), Jonathan (Kimberly), Cody, Jarod, Jacob (Josie), Joshua (Marissa), and Teale (Aaron); great-grandchildren: Jack, Lincoln, Cordelia, Owen, and Baby S (due in July); brothers-in-law: Clifford Peterson, and Marvin Kennedy; and his niece, Karen Crawford. He was preceded in death by two sisters: Doris Peterson, and Janet Wilson. Gene was a graduate of Liberty High School in 1948. He was in the U.S. Army and served in Japan during the Korean War. After returning home, Gene went to work for Evans Tractor Supply, then he went to Streackers Tractor Sales where he retired after 30 years. Gene finished his working career of 10 years at Liberty Benton School as Bus Mechanic and Groundskeeper. In his spare time, Gene loved to hunt, fish, and camp at Indian Lake, Sault Ste. Marie, and St. Augustine. At the age of 70, he bought a motorcycle and enjoyed many trips to Michigan and the Blue Ridge Mountains with his sons. Gene’s favorite pastime was taking his pug, Misty, on golf cart rides around the park. The family would like to thank Palliative Care, Home Health, Hospice, Dr. D. Houston, and Dr. J. Lamancusa. Visitation will be on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, Findlay. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at the funeral home with Pastors Richard Hiltibran and Kimberly Reese officiating. Burial will follow in Benton Ridge Cemetery where full military rites will be conducted by the Hancock County Veterans Memorial Squad. Memorials can be given in Gene’s memory to the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Benton Ridge, where Gene was a member for 62 years. Online condolences may be made to

Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840
    Wednesday, March 6th 2019 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

  • Funeral Service:

    Thursday, March 7th 2019 - 11:00 AM

  • Service Location:

    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

  • Final Resting Place:

    Benton Ridge Cemetery [Map]
    11016 TR 125
    Benton Ridge, Ohio 45816

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To : Schoonover Family
Date :Tuesday, March 5th 2019
From : Leslie Arismendez Marissa's Sister
Thinking of your family during your time loss and wanted to express my condolences and heartfelt sympathy. Praying for all.

To : Mary Lou Family
Date :Tuesday, March 5th 2019
From : Dick Jo Colman
So sorry to hear about Gene. Keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers.

To : Mary Lou
Date :Wednesday, March 6th 2019
From : John Peterson Sr
I extend my deepest sympathies to you and your family. May Gene be at peace with our Heavenly Father.

To : The Schoonover Family
Date :Wednesday, March 6th 2019
From : Diane Flick Boguski Richard Flick Philip Flick
Thinking of your family during this time. May you feel the comfort and peace of the Lord as you transition through this new season of life.

To : Bob Gail and Schoonover Family
Date :Thursday, March 7th 2019
From : Jim Carpenter
Thinking of you all during your time loss. My deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathy. Thoughts and prayers to your family.

To : Shari and family
Date :Wednesday, March 6th 2019
From : Susan and Brad Wolford
Our sincere sympathy and prayers.

To : Mary Lou
Date :Wednesday, March 6th 2019
From : Willard Armstrong
Sorry to hear of Genes passing . I guess the Lord needed a bus mechanic. Jean and I wish to extend our greatest sympathy. Gene and I were MALL walkers together in the past.