George Thomas "Tom" Schoenheider
September 28, 1941 - May 14, 2017
||George Thomas "Tom" Schoenheider|
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||May 14, 2017|
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Tom Schoenheider, 75, passed peacefully into God's kingdom on May 14, 2017, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife of 55 years and beloved husband to Peggy (they held hands everywhere they went), hero to his son Jon (Wendy) , daughter, Lisa (Bob), his grandchildren Courtney, Nick, Lexie and Samantha. Further survived by sister Eileen Hutchison and numerous nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents George Edward and Anna Mae, and sister Donna Marie King.
Tom fought a courageous battle for the last six months, and with the help of God guiding so many at St. Luke's had open heart surgery with very low odds of survival. At the time of his surgery Tom was in in complete organ failure. The family is eternally grateful to all at St. Luke's Hospital, especially Dr. Salim Shamoo, Dr. Dan O’Hair and his team, who performed open heart surgery to replace his mitral, tricuspid, and bicuspid valve, bypass, and lung, liver and kidney repair.
Tuesday night Tom fell while walking and suffered severe brain trauma that he could not overcome. Many have questioned why Tom went through so many challenges in the last few months. As a family we personally have come to the decision that Tom was a true beacon of inspiration to so many -- nurses, doctors, hospital administrators, prayer networks, family, friends and acquaintances.
Tom was born in Crawfordsville, Indiana, on September 28, 1941, and moved to Phoenix, Arizona, at the age of six. In his youth, Tom enjoyed hunting, riding his dirt bike and dune buggy, camping, and spending time with family and friends. He was a voracious reader, avid golfer, spent time on the computer, and enjoyed telling and listening to a great joke. When Tom entered a room with his gregarious laugh the room immediately became festive. Tom relished his Sunday’s at First Presbyterian Church in Bonita Springs, Florida, and time with his men’s Christian groups.
Tom retired from NCR after a 40 year career as a Regional Director, spending time in Phoenix, Dayton, Denver, Omaha, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis.
Tom and Peggy retired to Estero, Florida, and enjoyed traveling to wonderful foreign and domestic locations. Some of Tom and Peggy’s favorite days were trips to forts, castles and museums (Tommy enjoyed all museums in their entirety while Peggy read a book in the lobby).
Tom was adored by all and as humble as he was, never fully realized his impact on the lives of others. He will be missed! Those who knew him recognized he was a man of spiritual faith and strong moral character, who never judged anyone and understood that only God has the right to judge. If he gave you his word, he kept his word. Tom was a man of compassion and understanding, believed in “work hard, play hard”, and had zero tolerance for unethical behavior, arrogance, and lack of civility. Tom was the best husband and father any family could ever have!
A celebration of life will be held at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, 19850 West Capitol Drive, Brookfield, Wisconsin, on Thursday, May 18, 2017. Visitation 4:00-6:30 p.m., Service to shart at 6:30 p.m., with a celebration under the tents immediately after.
In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated to Peggy Schoenheider, 3510 Fiddlers Creek Drive, 53188, to be distributed to the following charities: American Heart Association, American Breast Cancer Society, St. Luke's Hospital.