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3/4/2014 7:30:00 AM
Harold "Shep" Schoepke

Harold "Shep" Schoepke, age 89, of Rhinelander, died on March 2, 2014 at Ministry St. Mary's Hospital. He was born in Rhinelander on Sept. 17, 1924 to Harvey and Elsie (Schuster) Schoepke.

Harold was a 1943 graduate of Rhinelander High School. After his schooling, he went to work for the Rhinelander Paper Company and retired 37 years later. He married Lois Todd on July 19, 1947 in Rhinelander.

Together they enjoyed many good times throughout their 66 plus years of marriage. It included hunting, fishing, traveling to all the national parks, skiing, snowmobiling, camping and, of course, the Packers and Badgers. He also was an accomplished "other career" carpenter and logger.

More important than any of this to Harold, however, was his love for his Lord and Savior. Harold was a Christian man who lived his life with God directing him each and every day. He was a lifelong member of the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church. He served on the church council numerous times, ushered, counted, and participated in the building committee numerous times, and the list goes on. He and his wife, Lois, also traveled with the Builders for Christ, building mission churches throughout the U.S.

Harold is survived by his wife, Lois of Rhinelander; his three daughters, Cheryl (Kevin) McSorley of Little Chute, Dawn (Gene Laab) Wells of Oshkosh and Peggy Durand of Green Bay; his son, Steven Schoepke of Crandon; five grandchildren, Ryan (Kelly) Lins, Nathan Wells, Andrew (Heather) Wells, Sarah (Jon) Copsey and Ashley (Dean) Durand; two great-grandchildren, Abigail and Josiah; brother, William (Beverly) Schoepke of Irma; nieces, nephews, other family and many friends.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Elaine Joslin and June Lehne.

Funeral services for Harold will take place on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at noon at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rhinelander with Revs. Matthew Schoell and Richard Krahn officiating. Visitation for Harold will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Thursday at the church. Interment will follow in the Northland Memorial Park Cemetery. A memorial is being established in Harold's name and can be directed to his family. Private condolences for the Schoepke family may be sent to The Carlson Funeral Home (715-369-1414) is handling the arrangements for the Schoepke family.

Related Links:
• The Carlson Funeral Home

Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, March 6, 2014
Article comment by: Don Combs

My condolences to the family. I grew up just a few houses down and went to school with Cheryl. My thoughts and prayers are with you during your time of loss.

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