Duane was born in Neodesha on June 13, 1943 to John Levi and Erma E. Hallbauer Schoonover. He was one of 14 children. He grew up and attended schools in Neodesha. Duane served in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years before returning to Neodesha.
On Jan. 22, 1967, he married Mary JoAnn Shultz in Neodesha.They had four children. Rick and his wife, Pearl, Elk City, Wesley and his wife, Penny, Winfield, Randall and his wife, Jennifer, Fond-du-Lac, Wis., Duanea Palmer and her husband, Kelly,Blackwell, Okla.; as well as nine grandchildren and one great-grandson.
He was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses on Dec. 25, 1971.
Duane worked for Triad Inc., Imco and Southeast Manufacturing of Neodesha and O.I.C.C. and Cupid of Blackwell, Okla.
His hobby was distributing honey in the Blackwell and Ponca City area where he was affectionately known as the “Honey Man.” He also greatly enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandson.
Survivors include his wife, JoAnn, of the home; his children, grandchildren and great-grandson and three sisters, Mary Ann Dannels, Neodesha, Theta DeVoe, Fredonia, and Sheila Kaufman, Neodesha.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Loren, Melvern and Carl; his sisters Betty Harshman, Arlene Busick, Barbara Reynolds and Lorene McKenzie, and three siblings who died at birth.
Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, April 23 in the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Fredonia, with Luther Edens, Jr. officiating.
The family suggests donations be made to the Duane L. Schoonover Memorial Fund, c/o Central National Bank & Trust, 102 North Main, Blackwell, OK 74631. To leave condolences, please visit www.cornerstoneofwichita.com. Cremation Arrangements are by Cornerstone of Wichita.