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John "Bill" Schoob

May 17, 1941 — May 17, 2023

Town of York (Marshall)

MARSHALL, WI - John “Bill” Schoob, passed away on 17 May, 2023, his 82nd birthday, surrounded by family. He was born on 17 May, 1941 in Joliet, IL to John and Maybell Schoob (nee Holmes).

Bill graduated from Plainfield, Illinois High School in 1959, then joined the US Air Force on January 6, 1960. He married his high school sweetheart, Katherine Diane Paul on December 29, 1961.  They were stationed in Portland, OR, then moved to Wisconsin.  Bill joined the Air National Guard in Madison, WI, the 115th Fighter Wing, and retired after 33 years of service on August 9, 1999.  In between those years, he lived with his wife and four children on several small farms raising pigs, dogs, horses, chickens, ducks, etc.  He then took a leave from the military in 1975 to operate a small dairy farm in Stetsonville, WI.  He re-entered the Air National Guard in 1982, moved to a small farm in Marshall, WI in 1986.

While in the service, he contributed greatly to the maintenance of and development of repair procedures for various aircraft.  He earned several awards and medals, and retired as a Senior Master Sergeant at Truax Field, 115 Maintenance Squadron, 115 Fighter Wing in 1999.

Bill went by many names to family and friends:  John, Bill, Hun, Dad, Poppy, Mr. Bill, Sparky, Schooby – just to name a few.  He loved hunting, fishing, camping, gardening, and planting a variety of trees, wood working, and spending time on his never-ending list of projects.

Bill is survived by his children, Barbara (Shawn) Arnold, Sandra Schoob, Debora (Allen) Steele, and John (Chuck) Schoob (Malissa Leonard). Grandchildren include: Beth (Zac Brumm) Schoob, Kalinda Gieschen, Dante Arnold, Morgan Schoob,  Skylar and Samantha Sonnenberg and Nicole and David Steele, Shelby, Cody, and Justin Schoob, Gabby Leonard, Heather (Stephen) Baxter, Christopher Albert, Jessica (Joshua) Sturtz, and Godson Tyler Gates.  Great-grandchildren include: Foster Frank, Eleanor Schoob, Allison and Skylar Sonnenberg, Alaina and Oliver Baxter, Hunter and Dawson Steele, and Ellorie Parpart, Madilynn and Desiree Sturtz.  He is further survived by sisters Joannet Fleming, and Jacquelyn (Steve) Andros, as well as many loving relatives and dear friends.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 57 years, and his brothers-in-law, James Paul and James Fleming.

Visitation will be from 10-12:00 PM (noon) on FRIDAY, May 26, 2023 at Cress Funeral Home SUN PRAIRIE with a funeral service to begin at 12:00 PM.  Friends and family will bring Bill to his final place of rest at Highland Memory Gardens, 3054 County Road BB, Cottage Grove at 2:30 PM.  Please share your memories of Bill at

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Bill’s family appreciates donations to the American Diabetes Association in his memory.

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Friday, May 26, 2023

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Friday, May 26, 2023

12:00 - 12:30 pm (Central time)

Cress Funeral & Cremation Service - Sun Prairie

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