James ‘Jim’ R. Schoo

            James “Jim” R. Schoo, 75, of Hinckley, passed away in the early morning hours of Friday, Oct. 24, 2008, at Bethany Healthcare Center in DeKalb.

            He was born May 29, 1933, the son of Albert P. and Bernice (Fagen) Schoo in Sandwich, Ill.

            Jim grew up in DeKalb and attended local schools. He graduated with the class of 1951. Two years later, he entered the United States Air Force and served his country faithfully until his honorable discharge.

            Three years after returning to civilian life, he was united in marriage to Margaret Rose Maercker in November 1956. They began their new life together in DeKalb until they moved to their present home in Hinckley in 1965.

            Jim had a strong work ethic and was an employee for eight years at G.E. before tending bar for 13 years and working as a general laborer for seven years.

            Jim was a member of the VFW, American Legion and the Illinois Police Association. He also was confirmed and attended The Church of St. Mary in DeKalb.

            Jim’s family always held a very special place in his heart, and he loved to spend time with them whenever he could. In between times, he loved to sit down with a good novel or sit back and relax to his favorite music.

            He now leaves four children, Ron (Barb) Schoo and their children, Molly (Witt) Jumper of Austin, Texas, Ben, Andrew, Anna and Elliot of New-Ulm, Minn.; Teri (Steve) Zbinden and their children, Nicole, (TJ) Lawhon of Rockford, Ill., Sarah ( Chris) Tossing and her children, Logan, Andrew of Massachusetts and Steven of DeKalb; Jay (Patti) Schoo and their child, Lyndsee and her children, Alexander, Charlee, David and Emily of Cortland; Rodger (Stacy) Schoo and their children, Carmen and Nora of DeKalb; siblings, Bill (Dorothy) Schoo, Don (Lorraine) Schoo, and  Joanne (Elmer) Irving, and many nephews and nieces.

            He now joins his parents and wife Margaret, along with siblings Dorothy, Gene and Nancy.

            Visitation and a memorial service were held at Conley Funeral Home, Elburn, on Monday, Oct. 27. Interment followed at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Joliet on Wednesday, Oct. 29.

            A memorial has been established in his name. Checks may be made to the “Jim Schoo Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119.  Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through www.conleycare.com.