Randall Gene Schoneman, 93, of Allison, Iowa, passed away Thursday, July 23, 2020, at Waverly Health Center in Waverly. He was born the seventh of ten children of John and Kate (Bauman) Schoneman, on October 18, 1926, in Parkersburg, Iowa.
Randall was educated at a number of public schools in Butler County and graduated from Bristow High School. He served his country in the United States Army from 1950 to 1952 in Germany. When he returned from Germany, he worked for the Jungling family of Bristow on their farm which he enjoyed very much. He later started working for Oitzman Lumber of Dumont where he worked until retirement. He was known to fellow workers as Jack.
Randall was a master carpenter. Throughout his life, he built a number of houses in Allison and the surrounding Butler County area from start to finish. He was very skilled with his hands and even restored a few Ford Model A's and Ford tractors.
Randall enjoyed dancing, attending auctions, horses, and his tractors, especially his 8N Ford. He also enjoyed reading and spent many hours at the Allison Public Library.
Randall was a true gentleman, had a kind heart and was always there to help others. He loved his family dearly and made a great impact on all of them. Randall will be missed by all who knew him.
Randall is survived by many nieces and nephews and all of their families.
He was preceded in death by his parents John and Kate and siblings Frank, Dick, Arlene, Marlene, William, Russell, Shirley, Sylvia and Ruth.
A visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Saturday, August 8, 2020, at the Sietsema Vogel Funeral Home in Allison, followed by a military burial at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery - Vilmar, rural Greene.
Memorial contributions may be sent in memory of Randall Schoneman to the Allison Public Library, 412 3rd Street, PO Box 605, Allison, IA 50602.
He was my uncle. He came to our home when he was on leave from the service so that my mother - Marlene - could fix him a home-cooked meal. We put on music and danced. He will be greatly missed by our family! He was a great comfort to my mother- his sister - when my father passed away.
He was my Uncle, having known him my entire life I had only recently realized he was the only "true" gentleman I had ever met. Like Mr. Oitzman said he possessed a calm intensity toward any project before him and was always more than willing to help others with just about any task. I find myself a bit envious of his life that was so well lived in a quiet and determined manner .
RIP Jack. You had skills that today's tradesmen only wish they had. Now, you are home, I'm sure our Heavenly Father needs some work done, and with your exceptional skills, you can certainly help with building God's kingdom.
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