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Jenner Gene Schoening

Dec 11, 2013 - Staff

Jenner Gene Schoening, of Riverton, died as a result of a massive stroke Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Casper. He was 82 years old.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at Ballard Funeral Home in Cody. Viewing will precede the services at 1 p.m. He will be buried in Cody, where his parents and older siblings are buried.

Jenner Gene Schoening was born April 2, 1931, at home in Genoa, Colo., the son of William A. and Velma B. (Graves) Schoening.

Most of his school years were spent in Limon, Colo., with his middle school years spent between Edwards, Avon and Red Cliff. By high school, the family had settled back in Limon, Colo., where he excelled in all sports. He was named to the first team All Stars as halfback in football, All Conference guard in basketball, and he represented Limon, Colo., at conference and state in track.

He graduated from Limon High School in May 1950, and he joined the U.S. Navy in December 1950. He served four years on two ships, the USS Norton Sound and the USS Valley Forge. In 1954, he was honorably discharged after receiving four ribbons for his service.

After discharge, he attended Denver University for two quarters, and then transferred to Otero Junior College in LaJunta, Colo., on a football scholarship. Following college, he worked at the Mobil Gas Station in Limon, Colo., and during that time he met Carrol A. Rasmussen.

On July 1, 1961, they were married. About nine months later, they moved to Hugo, Colo., where he began operating the Hugo Frontier Service station and bulk gas delivery. In May 1962, they welcomed their first born, Joyce. Son Scott followed three years later in October 1965, and a short 18 months later, son William (Bill) was born in May 1967.

Only 23 days later, Mr. Schoening was struck by lightning while out hunting for arrowheads 15 miles east of Hugo, Colo. He experienced a broken left eardrum and burns on his chest. The nurse at the hospital told him later that his blood pressure was zero over zero. As testament to his strong German constitution, he was released a day and a half later.

A few months later, he became a night marshal, still working days at the station. In 1969, the president of the First National Bank of Hugo, Colo., offered Mr. Schoening a job, changing the course of his career. From 1969 to 1984, he worked as loan officer and eventually became vice president before quitting to work for Citizen's National Bank of Limon, Colo., where he retired as executive vice president after five and a half years when the bank closed, following a devastating tornado that destroyed the bank and most of the downtown business district.

While living in eastern Colorado, he served four years on the Hugo town board, four years on the Hugo school board, four years on the Hugo Action Committee and a term as Advisory Committee member of Hospice. He also served numerous years on the Hugo High School Booster Club, and he was instrumental in bringing high school baseball to Hugo.

After retiring from banking in 1991, the Schoenings moved to Riverton where Mr. Schoening worked for the senior citizen's center as a bus driver and then several years in the Western Gun Shop.

His family said he loved hunting, fishing, arrowhead hunting, golfing with his sons and supporting his children and grandchildren in their various sports' activities. He helped coach his sons' little league baseball team and rarely missed any of his children's sporting events. Following a stroke in 2003, Mr. Schoening was limited in his activities because of problems with his equilibrium. His family said he had to give up many of the things he enjoyed, but found pleasure in going to the Wind River Hotel and Casino with his brother, even though he always had been a frugal man.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Carrol; children Joyce (Rick) Tillery of Cody, Scott (Nicole) of Riverton and Bill (Krista) of Cody; grandchildren and great-grandchildren Brian (Kory) Tillery and their sons Gabriel and Behr of Florissant, Colo., Brandon (Rebecca) Tillery and their son Stetson of Sheridan, Brett Tillery of Cody, Cameron Schoening of Riverton, Taydon and Tarynn Schoening of Cody; brother Larry (Barb) Schoening of Cody; sister Peggy (Tim) Power of Cody; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Bob and his wife Lena, Bill and his wife Betty, and Jack and his wife Ree; infant sister Joyce; and nephew Micah Sparks.

An online memorial is available at www.ballardfh.com

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