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William Edward Schoenleber

William Edward "Bill" Schoenleber

William Edward "Bill" Schoenleber, 81, of Grants Pass, died Monday, October 29, 2007, at Three Rivers Community Hospital.

A funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m., Friday, November 2, 2007, at Grants Pass Masonic Lodge, with Past Master Richard Surroz conducting. Interment will follow at Sparlin Cemetery. Hull & Hull Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.

Remembrances may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 3101 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, 97201.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.since1928hull.com.

Bill was born January 1, 1926, in San Antonio, Texas to William & Blanche (Ballard) Schoenleber. In 1944 he graduated from Hot Wells High School, in San Antonio, Texas. From 1944 to 1946 during World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific. In 1946, he moved from Texas to Grants Pass. On June 28, 1946, in Grants Pass, he married Marion Lane McCormick. From 1950 to 1962 he worked as a police officer for Grants Pass City Police, where he was known as "Big Bill." He was president of Oregon Association of City Officers from 1956 to 1957 and received a commendation letter from J. Edgar Hoover for his police work. From 1964 to 1965 he was the Neighborhood Youth Corps director of Grants Pass High School, and a teacher in Josephine County. From 1965 to 1968 he was a guidance counselor with Fort Vannoy Job Corps. From 1968 to 1975 he was a Job Corps Guidance Counselor in Wolf Creek, Heber, Ariz., and Angell. During those years, he completed his college education and in 1971, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education Guidance and Counseling from Southern Oregon College, in Ashland. From 1975 to 1990 he worked as the Community Service Officer for the Spokane and Kalispell tribes. In 1990 he retired and divided his time between Loon Lake, Wash. and Grants Pass.

His hobbies included fishing the Rogue River and Loon Lake; music - playing the piano, accordion, and harmonica; farming, gardening, and helping in the vineyard.

While living in Grants Pass, his many memberships included Rakes Car Club, which he established and was the first hot rod car club in Grants Pass, Newman United Methodist Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Hillah Shriners, and 50-year member of the Grants Pass Masonic Lodge #84. He served as Red Cross disaster chairman during the 1962 Grants Pass Columbus Day storm, 1964 Christmas week flood, Roseburg explosion, and the 1965 Pacific Coast tsunami. In the 1960s he served as school board member for Grants Pass School District #7. While living in Washington, he served on the Tri-County St. Josephs Hospital board for 25 years in Chewelah, Washington.

In addition to his wife, Marion Schoenleber, of Grants Pass, he is survived by two daughters, Suzanne Ginet, of Williams, and Janet Mastin, of Gilbert, Ariz.; three sons, William Schoenleber III, of Ashland, Jim Schoenleber, of Agness, and Mark Schoenleber, of Ashland; three sisters, Angele DuBose, of Victoria, Texas, Sharon Hurst, of Huston, Texas, and Barbara Rust, of Central Point; 15 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.