David A. Schoonover
July 15, 1935 ‒ October 14, 2006
David A. Schoonover, age 71, of Marion, died unexpectedly on Saturday afternoon, October 14, 2006, at 4:35 p.m., at his residence.
He was born in Elmhurst, Illinois, on July 15, 1935, the son of the late John “Dale” and Alice (Fletcher) Schoonover.
On November 19, 1954, David enlisted into the U.S. Army, a veteran of the Korean Conflict where he served in the 1st Armed Band Division, playing the clarinet and saxophone, and attained the rank of 2nd Lieutenant.
David was a graduate of the Abilene High School in the Class of 1953, and the Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, where he received his bachelor’s degree in music. Following school, he was a musician and High School Band Director at Wylie High School in Wylie, Texas.
In the early 1960’s, David moved to Monroe, Michigan, where he met and married his loving wife of 42 years, Maria (Dorazio) Schoonover, on August 15, 1964. Together they moved to Marion, Ohio, in 1969, where she survives.
In 1968, David began working for Tecumseh Products in Tecumseh, Michigan, and was transferred to Marion, where he became the Manager of Production Planning. In 1987, he served the City of Marion as the Service Director. His last position was with Macola Inc., where he worked as a sales representative until he retired in 1992.
David was a member of the Marion County Republicans where he served on the Central and Executive committees, the U. S. Jaycees, Town and Country Kiwanis, F & A.M. Tecumseh Lodge #69, and the International President of Delta Nu Alpha Transportation Organization. He was also the Assistant Director and Announcer for the Marion Concert Band for the last several years of his life.
He was recently licensed as an amateur HAM radio operator with the call sign “KD8DPB.”
In addition to his beloved wife, he will be missed by his daughter Terri (Randy) Schoonover Peddicord of Marion; son Scott L. (Gwen) Schoonover of Cranberry, Pennsylvania; grandson Rylan Edward Schoonover; two sisters Anita Baker of Virginia, and Amy (Sam) Zook of Mechanicsburg; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by a grandson Jaxon Peddicord; and a brother Phillip Lee Schoonover.
The family will greet friends on Wednesday from 4:30 – 8 p.m. at the Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home, 360 E. Center St., Marion, where prayer services will be held at 4:00 p.m. and masonic services at 8:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Mary Catholic Church, 251 N. Main St., with Father William J. Ferguson officiating. Burial with military honors provided by the Marion County United Veterans Council will follow at St. Mary Cemetery in Marion.
If desired memorial contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association, 471 E. Broad St., Suite 1630 Sixteenth Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences can be expressed to the family at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.