Eugene A. “Gene” Schoenebeck, 87, Green Bay, died at his home, Wednesday, June 2, 2010, following a brief illness. He was born June 6, 1922, in Bagley, Wis., to Walter and Lulu (Hall) Schoenebeck. Gene served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was in the U.S. Army Band as a trombone player. During that time he wrote a song called “There is a Lonesome Boy in Camp McCoy”. Following the war he studied music at the Conservatory of Music in Milwaukee. He played trombone, banjo, guitar and mandolin. In 1946, Gene started his own band called Gene’s Rhythm Trio, and later along with his brother, Owen performed as the Gene and Owen Duo. He also performed in the Packer Band. For almost 40 years, he worked as a pipe layer and master plumber for Knaus Construction, retiring in 1985. Gene was a member of the Laborers Union Local #330, the Musicians Union Local #205, and the Beja Shriners.
Survivors include his children and their spouses, Dennis and Sheri Schoenebeck, Wayne Schoenebeck, Kevin and Kelly Schoenebeck, Neil and Sally Schoenebeck, Colin and Rosa Schoenebeck, Dawn Schoenebeck; his stepchildren and their spouses, Charlene Meyer, Jeffrey and Darla Meyer, Robert and Sandy Meyer, Sulynn Doeren, Brenda and James Forystek, Patrick and Lori Meyer; 24 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; a brother, Owen Schoenebeck; a sister, Edna Vonck; many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte; a daughter, Colleen; his parents; three brothers, Bob Schoenebeck, Carl Schoenebeck, and an infant brother.
Friends may call at Blaney Funeral Home, 1521 Shawano Ave., from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home with Rev. Don Everts officiating. Burial will be in Hickory Corners Cemetery, Maple Valley. To send online condolences, please go to www.BlaneyFuneralHome.com.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Gene’s name.
The family extends special thanks to Unity Hospice, especially to his nurse Sue.