Obit: Schoenherr, Eric Henry (1928 - 1949)
Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon
Email: dolores@wiclarkcountyhistory.org

Surnames: Schoenherr, Kuenkel, Planey, Domke, Henchen, Ormond, Thoma, Schultz, Bodwin, Mitte, Hemp, Grap, Damgaard, Swanson, Planey, Paduitt, Christman, Foster, Zschernitz, Scheffler, Kutsche, Bergemann, Gorsegner

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI.) October 20, 1949

Schoenherr, Eric Henry (28 November 1928 - 12 October 1949)

Funeral services were held Saturday at 1:30 p.m. from the Bergemann Funeral Home in Neillsville, and at 2 p.m. from the Pine Valley Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Leonard Domke in charge. Burial was made in the Neillsville City Cemetery.

Born November 28, 1928, in the Town of Weston, Eric lived in Clark County all his life, and had helped his father on the farm. He was a member of the Pine Valley Lutheran Church.

For one year he was a member of the Grand View baseball team, and he also played on the Globe baseball team.

Surviving besides his parents are two brothers and six sisters: Theodore of Neillsville; Frederick of Globe; Mrs. Harry (Rose) Swanson of La Crosse; Ruth, at home; Mrs. Otto (Ottillie) Kuenkel of the Town of Weston; Mrs. Louis (Lydia) Planey of Palestine, Ill.; Mrs. Howard (Berdina) Paduitt of Black Earth, Minn.; and Mrs. Richard (Pauline) Christman of Kansas City, Mo.

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----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI.) October 20, 1949

Services were held for Eric Henry Schoenherr on Saturday, October 15, at 1:30 p.m. at the Bergemann Funeral Home and at 2:00 p.m. at the Pine Valley Lutheran Church, the Rev. Leonard Domke officiating. Burial was made in the city cemetery. Pallbearers were Robert Henchen, John Ormond, Henry Thoma, William Schultz, Jerry Schoenherr, and Hubert Bodwin.

Those in charge of the flowers were Florence Mitte, Vivian Hemp, June Grap, and Doris Damgaard.

Out of town relatives: Mr. and Mrs. Harry Swanson and family, La Crosse; Mr. and Mrs. Louis Planey, Palatine, Ill., Mr. and Mrs. Howard Paduitt and daughter, Black Earth, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. Richard Christman, Kansas City, Mo.; Mrs. Theresa Foster, Marshfield; Mr. and Mrs. Marce Foster, Colby; Mr. Curtis Zschernitz, West Allis; Elizabeth Schoenherr, Ludington, Mich.; and Mrs. Bertha Scheffler, Ludington, Mich.

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----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI.) October 20, 1949

WESTON MAN DIES IN GUN ACCIDENT

Eric H. Schoenherr, 20, Fatally Wounded While Alone in the Woods - County officials last Thursday termed as "accidental" the death of Eric Henry Schoenherr, 20, whose body was found in the Schoenherr woods, in the Town of Weston, late the day before.

Death was caused by a .22 caliber rifle, which entered through the chest and nicked the lower potion of the heart.

Young Schoenherr had left the farm home in the early morning with a tractor pulling a load of manure. He carried with him his rifle with eh intention of doing some shooting in the woods after spreading the manure on a field adjacent to the woods.

This was not an unusual procedure, according to the word give by Mr. and Mrs. Eric Schoenherr, Sr., the parents. However, the young man usually returned home in time for the noonday meal.

Fails to return - When he failed to return this day, Ruth, a sister, went out to look for him about 2 p.m. An hour later the elder Mr. Schoenherr returned from an AAA meeting in Neillsville and was told that Eric had not been home. He thought it possible that Eric had gone to the farm of a neighbor, John Damgaard, to discuss the exchange of labor; but on arrival found that his son had not been there that day.

Mr. Schoenherr and Mr. Damgaard started out together to search the woods. They were joined by Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Schoenherr, a brother and sister-in-law of the young man.

Found about 5 p.m. - The body was found about 5 p.m. by Mr. Damgaard. It was found about 16 rods from the tractor, which was stopped in the field at the edge of the woods.

Sheriff Ray Kutsche and Coroner John R. Bergemann were called from Neillsville, and Dist. Atty. Clarence E. Gorsegner was called from Greenwood.

They found the rifle, a single shot bolt-action model, about 21 feet from the body. The indications were that young Schoenherr had tired to crawl through the woods toward the tractor after he had been felled by the bullet; but just how the gun had been discharged was not clearly indicated.

 

 


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