Mike Schoenfelder


June 17, 1931 - March 14, 2017


Mike Schoenfelder was born June 17, 1931 at Dimock, SD to Joseph and Minnie (Mettler) Schoenfelder. He grew up on the farm north of Mount Vernon, where he was raised by Laura and Joe Pollard. Mike graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1951. He was drafted into the US Army during the Korean War. Following the service he returned to Mount Vernon where he was involved in farming and raising livestock his entire life. On January 8, 1958, he married Laska Lyon at Meadow, SD. Mike was a member of the American Legion, a great Community Supporter, avid sports fan, enjoyed hunting and fishing and playing poker and pinochle. His grandchildren and great children were an important part of his life and enjoyed being involved in their lives.


He is survived by five children: Julie Greenway of Mount Vernon, Joi Electa of Silver Bay, MN, John (Sandi) Schoenfelder of Huron, Jacki (Tim) Petersen of Mitchell, Joe Schoenfelder and fiancé, Cleo of Mount Vernon, 15 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, one brother, John (Helen) Pollard of Mt. Vernon, his mother-in-law, Margaret Lyon Reno of Lemmon, three sisters-in-law: LuAnne (Irving) Jordan of Faith, Barbara Lyon of Meadow, Barbara (Tony) Lorenz of Huron, three brothers-in-law: Jim (Joan) Lyon of Meadow, Norman (Sue) Lyon of Box Elder and Ralph (Shari) Lyon of Meadow.


He was preceded in death by his wife, Laska in 2001, two sons-in-law: Alan Greenway and Dwight Reisinger, two brothers: Leo and Ray Schoenfelder and brother-in-law, Vivan Lyon.



Memorials are preferred to the Laska and Mike Schoenfelder Memorial Fund.


Sunday, March 19, 2017
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Tom Young Community Center
7:30 PM
Mount Vernon, South Dakota


Monday, March 20, 2017
10:30 AM
Tom Young Community Center
Mount Vernon, South Dakota


Mount Vernon Cemetery
Mount Vernon, South Dakota

Posted by Dr.Tom Maves on April 7, 2017
So sorry for your loss, I hunted pheasants on Mikes place with John Nash and friends. I always felt like I knew Mike well from the first time I met him. He was always welcoming and at the same time blunt. You didn't have to guess what he was thinking and I liked that a lot. The whole "Michigan crew" will miss him greatly. Rest in peace my friend. Doc
Posted by Nita on March 22, 2017
Sorry to hear of your loss. Peace be with you n yours. Hugs
Posted by Kim Madsen on March 20, 2017
Dear John and family, Our sympathy to you in the loss of your father. Madsen family of Carpenter
Posted by Mike & Debra Kuchera on March 20, 2017
We are sad to hear about Mike's passing. It was always great to visit with him. Our sympathies.
Posted by Mary Tidball Maher on March 19, 2017
So sorry for your loss. Please accept our deepest sympathy. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Don and Shari(Tidball) Pazie, on March 18, 2017
We are sorry to see of your loss. It's been many years since I've been with any of you. I still miss your Mom and Grandma Laska too. Hang on to all those great memories and know they are both in each one of you and watching over you always.
Posted by Stephanie Mayer Weber on March 18, 2017
So sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. My thoughts are with you and your family.
Posted by Marilee Wisner on March 17, 2017
Every time I ran into Mike , we would chat and he would make me laugh about something.i hope it can bring some comfort to his family to realize the joy and happiness he shared with people he encountered.Would like to extend my sympathies .....
Posted by Tracy Bork on March 17, 2017
One of a kind. I had a lot of respect for this man, still do! I found a double headed coin in Kentucky and when I saw it, I thought of you. I could not wait to play Heads or Tails with you! Got home Monday night and was headed up Tuesday or Wednesday too pester you. Mike, you will be missed and the coin will remain in its box. Extra special thoughts to family right now!
Posted by Dianna Senska on March 17, 2017
Jenni I am so sorry about the loss of your Grandfather....Hugs
Posted by Jackie and Everett Evers on March 17, 2017
Our sympathies to you all on the loss of your father, grandfather
Posted by Gary Kaus on March 17, 2017
Sorrry to hear of your loss. John you and your family are in my prayers
Posted by Dave and Judy Gano on March 17, 2017
So very sorry for your loss. Prayers
Posted by Wanda Royalty Kobes on March 16, 2017
So sorry for your loss . Mike was a great guy in all the he did . He is dancing with Laska and looking out for all of you ! He will be missed by all that was blessed to know him !!
Posted by Milton & Lovella mSchrader on March 16, 2017
Mike and I was drafted into the military and were in basic training together. We both served our country in Korea. . Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Posted by Tim tingle on March 16, 2017
Sorry to here about mike he will be missed
Posted by Teresa Hetland on March 16, 2017
I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time. ╬
Posted by Shirlee & Randy Burmeister on March 15, 2017
So sorry to hear of the passing of Mike. Blessings to the family to get through this difficult time.
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