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Gilbert J "Gib" Schoen, Jr.
Nov. 27, 1944 - May 25, 2020
Village of Harrison, WI
Funeral Service:
Wednesday, June 3, 2020
6:30 pm
Wieting Family Funeral Home
411 W. Main St.
Chilton, WI 53014
Funeral Visitation:
Wednesday, June 3, 2020
2:30 pm - 6:15 pm
Wieting Family Funeral Home
411 W. Main St.
Chilton, WI 53014
Burial Service:
Thursday, June 4, 2020
10:30 am
Holy Name Catholic Cemetery
899 S. Railroad St.
Kimberly, WI 54136
Gilbert J "Gib" Schoen, Jr.
Village of Harrison, WI

Gilbert J. “Gib” Schoen Jr., age 75, of Appleton, died on May 25, 2020, at University Hospital in Madison.  He was born November 27, 1944 in Appleton son of Gilbert and Lucille (Hemauer) Schoen.  Gib grew up in Stockbridge and his parents owned and operated the Harbor Bar.  He had many fond memories of growing up on Lake Winnebago, in the dance hall of the bar where they had wedding receptions, and the bowling alley down in the basement.  Gilbert graduated from Stockbridge High School in 1963. 

Gib fell in love with his high school sweetheart, Donna Sell.  They married on August 26, 1967 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Stockbridge.   They started a family and eventually moved to Kimberly.  Gib worked for Thilmany Paper in Kaukauna for 46 years as a Lab Technician until his retirement.  He loved sports and played baseball and softball for years and also spent time helping coach youth baseball in Kimberly.  The tall southpaw could throw batting practice for hours.

After his retirement, golfing became his primary hobby often playing 5-6 days each week.  He had a long time membership at the High Cliff Golf Course in Sherwood.  Many days you could find him relaxing and walking the links with Donna, watching and feeding the birds, manicuring the yard or simply chatting with people.  He was a dedicated Badger fan after watching his children attend UW Madison and going to the Rose Bowl in 1994.  He loved being outside whenever possible and was happiest on the golf course or on a beach and near the water.  He greatly adored his two granddaughters and spent countless hours chasing them around the yard, watering down slip and slide or riding the rides at Bay Beach with them.

Gib will be greatly missed and always remembered by his smile, his warm and welcoming personality and the family man he was.  Survivors include his wife, Donna; his son, Scott (Erin) Schoen; granddaughters that he adored, Caroline and Margot, sisters: JoAnn (Robert) Nadau, Mary (Michael) Karls, Nancy Schoen; brothers:  Robert (Lois) Schoen, Tom (Denise) Schoen, and Steve (Diane) Schoen; brothers and sisters in-law:  Diana (David) Burnett, Ted (Shirley) Sell, Karen (Chuck) Ott, and Dick (Kim) Sell.  

Gib was preceded in death by his daughter, Sherry Schoen in 1990, his parents, and brother, Jerry Schoen. 

Funeral Services will be at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at Wieting Family Funeral Home in Chilton (411 W Main St.). Burial will be in the Holy Name Catholic Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home from 2:30 PM to 6:15 on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 for public gathering.  

A memorial fund has been established in name of Gilbert J. Schoen.  The family would also like to the thank the team and staff at UW Madison for all their care.  
I remember Gib from Thilmany. He was always a true gentleman. The world was so much better with him in it. RIP Gib!!

Jean Lamers (Friend) - June 5, 2020


When we were in high school, Gib senior had a nice cuddy cabin lake boat that Jerry, Bob, Gib Jr. and Tom could use. My brother and I stayed late one night, after a summer softball game at the Stockbridge Harbor ball field and some of us boys took to the water in the cuddy cabin boat. What could possibly go wrong? Johnny Cash and Elvis played on the boat’s portable radio. It was a clear night. The water around Stockbridge Harbor was calm with a soft breeze blowing from the West. A beautiful night. We headed out into the lake. Unfortunately, the compass normally on the bow of the boat was gone, used on another one of Gib senior’s rentals we suspected. Gib senior rented boats.

As we started out the stars were beautiful. The constellation Scorpio dominated the Southern sky. Venus hung like a lantern on the Western Horizon. The Big Dipper with it’s pointer stars pointing to Polaris, the North Star, gave us true North. All boys were in awe.

We stopped the boat. Killed the engine. Looked and listened. A lake sturgeon jumped near the boat. Then another. Or was the second fish a large Walleye? Hard to tell. When Walleye jump they hit the water with a slap. It sounds like a small caliber rifle going off. Carp roll and sound more like cows walking in the muck. When we looked up from watching fish, the stars were gone - fog set in. Jerry was the oldest and at the helm. He took a good guess and headed to what he thought was shore. Jerry stopped several times and had us listen for cars. We heard a car horn and then, a Milwaukee Braves baseball game playing on a radio. We headed for the sound. A man fishing from a pier was listening to the Braves game and pointed us in the direction of Stockbridge Harbor! We thanked him.

I thank all the friends and family of an old friend who made by boyhood the best anyone could have had. Smooth Sailing Gibber.

Steve Meyer
Madison, WI
High School Classmate

Steve Meyer (Classmate) - June 4, 2020


We are so sorry to hear of Gib’s passing. We remember Badger games together. Gib will be missed by so many .

Clint & Carol Solberg (Friend) - June 2, 2020


So sorry for your loss Gib will be missed but his smile will be remembered

Pat Bloedorn (Friend ) - June 2, 2020


Donna and Scott: We are so sorry. Gib was a special person and will be truly missed. Our prayers during this difficult time.

Allan & Ginny Janssen (Friend) - June 1, 2020


Gin and I went to Sacred Heart Seminary in Oneida. He was a really nice guy and was well thought of by staff and students alike. He had the kind of personality that people just seem to gravitate to. A nice man! I never knew anyone in his family but I sure will miss him being on the same planet as Gib. My heart goes out to his family.

Chuck Bongers (Friend) - May 30, 2020


Dearest Donna and Family
With heartfelt sympathy to you and your family as we remember a life so very well lived. Please know we will be holding all of you close to our hearts and in our prayers.

Sandy (Conrad) and Dale OudenhovenEnter Your Name (Neighbors from Joseph Street Kimberly) - May 30, 2020


We are so very sorry. It was always a treat to see you at the golf course and chat a bit.

Robert & Colleen Arko (Kimberly friends) - May 30, 2020


So sorry for your loss. It was a pleasure working and golfing with Gib. Always a big smile and a kind word to all. He was a fantastic man and will be greatly missed.

Lisa & Dennis Scherer (Friends and Coworkers ) - May 28, 2020


Just what a wonderful man he was. Our teen years and Ted spent lots of time with his brothers and him growing up. Many memories for Ted and I. Love you Gib and will miss you dearly !!

Ted and Shirley Sell (Brother-in-law and sister -in - law) - May 28, 2020


Donna and family,
So sorry for your loss. Gibber was a wonderful man. Always a smile, and sincere greeting. The world has lost a kind man, may he rest in peace. His fight is over.

Marcia Weber - May 28, 2020


Donna & family,
We are sending our sincere condolences to you and all of your family. Gib was one of the best and we will never forget him. He was a great classmate. RIP "Gibber"

Glenn & June (Classmate) - May 28, 2020


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