Mark Schoonhoven

Mark Schoonhoven



 SSG Mark H. Schoonhoven of Fort Carson, Colorado (formerly of Plainwell, Michigan) passed away Sunday, January 20, 2013 at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, as the result of injuries suffered December 15, 2012 in Kabul, Afghanistan, after recently beginning his fifth tour of duty. He served for almost 7 years, joining the Army in 2006. He graduated from basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky and served as a motor transport operator for the 32nd Transportation Company, 4th Infantry Division. He had also served in the 82nd Airborne Division.

SSG Schoonhoven was born June 13, 1974 in Plainwell to Harry and Deb (Markle) Schoonhoven. He attended Plainwell High School and enjoyed fishing and playing video games.

Surviving are his wife, Tammie (Loffer); six children, Nickolus Ramsey Schoonhoven of Otsego, Anjelika Schoonhoven and Ava Schoonhoven, both of Colorado, Sylvia Loffer and Forrest Loffer, both of Colorado and Sheeshta Perry of Crossville, TN; his parents; a brother, Christopher (Daniela) Schoonhoven of Plainwell; his grandmother, Jacobas Schoonhoven of Alabama; two nephews and one niece, Brandin, Gabriel and Elizabeth Schoonhoven; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Friends may visit with Mark’s family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, Funeral Services will be held at St. Margaret Catholic Church, 766 S. Farmer St., Otsego, at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, February 7, 2013, Mr. Don Verkow and Pastor Louis Arnett officiating. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta.

Contributions in memory of SSG Schoonhoven may be made to the Warrior and Family Support Center, 3138 Rawley Chambers, San Antonio, TX  78219 or the Semper Fi/Army Fund, 825 College Blvd., Suite 102, PMB 609, Oceanside, CA 92057.

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  1. Chaplain Mike Strohm says:

    To the Family of Sergeant Mark H. Schoonhoven,

    Please know that the thoughts and concern of Soldiers in both Afghanistan, Kuwait and Fort Bragg, NC, are with you and your loved ones.

    Many share in a portion of your grief.

    In prayer for strength and comfort in the days to come,
    Chaplain Mike Strohm
    1st Theater Sustainment Command
    Kabul, Afghanistan
    Camp Arifjan, Kuwait
    Fort Bragg, North Carolina

  2. Lynne Boss Fahrne says:

    I deeply appreciate all that SGT Mark Schoonhoven did for me and my country. May the Lord bless you with peace, guidance, comfort and love.

  3. Linda L Price says:

    so sorry for your loss,my prayers are with all of you, may you find peace,comfort in memories.

  4. Rebecca says:

    To the family of SGT Schoonhoven;
    My family and I send our condolences. He was an amazing NCO in our unit and an amazing friend. He lit up rooms. We all miss him but we know he is looking down as our guardian angel now. I am so sorry for your loss.

  5. Heather vanZanten May says:

    Such a loss. My heart breaks for all of you. Mark had such a great presense when he came into a room. I loved how he spoke what was on his mind! Mark’s memories will live on and so will his spirit in each of his children. Be proud of raising such a great man that served our country and loved that he served our country. My family and my condolences go out to you Deb and Harry and the rest of family. Love you all so much.

  6. Bernie Koprince says:

    My heart is heavy for you. I understand as I am a Gold Star Mother too (my son was KIA 12/27/06). I pray you will find peace in knowing that Mark was/is a Hero and will NEVER be forgotten.

  7. Jerry and Judy Shumaker says:

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Everyone thanks Mark for his many years of service and we are sorry that it ended the way it did. We are thinking of everyone in Mark’s family and extending our most sincere sympathy. May your memories bring you some comfort.

  8. Tim and Marcia Quigley says:

    Please know that Mark is a special Angel in Heaven watching over you! Prayers to you! God Bless You!

  9. Jacquie Fillmore says:

    Debby and Harry, So sorry to hear about Mark’s death. I cannot imagine the pain you are experiencing losing a Son. Be proud, he served his country well and I thank him for that. May God be with you and the rest of the family.

  10. Roy and Elaine Norcross says:

    My heart goes out to all family and friends, Mark gave Ultimate sacifice by giving his life to protect our country, United States of America, his life was sacifice to keep loved one beside us. God needed an Angel to keep protecting us and thats what Mark loved to do! I hold many special memories of Mark in my heart when he was growing up all family fun times together! My thoughts and prayers are with all of you!

  11. justin gross says:

    sgt schoon was a great man and a great leader. i left 32nd in may and my thoughts are with all the young soldiers who are handling the loss in their first deployment as well as his family and friends

  12. Kim Katje Kanet says:

    My heart aches for you and Harry and your family. I’m so sorry for your loss. Words are not enough. Your heart must be breaking. I pray that God gives you peace of heart and peace of mind. Lean on Him and He will provide.
    Your old friend

  13. American Legion Post 84 of Otsego says:

    To the entire Schoonhoven family: We at American Legion Post 84 of Otsego, send our thoughts and prayers. We know that freedom comes with a price, for many of us have been in harm’s way also. It sadddens our heart when we lose one of our warriors, and a dedicated father, and patriot. People like Sgt. Mark Schoonhoven that have raised their hand and sworn their life, honor, and fortunes, don’t come along every day. Our hearts are praying for all your family members, and yet we feel pride in knowing that he served with great honor in his duty never to be forgotten. On behalf of Otsego Post 84, and all the seven American Legion Posts in Allegan County, we salute you all. If there is anything we can help you with, please contact us.

    Dave Delemme- Allegan County Commander for the Dept. of the Michigan American Legion.

  14. Donna (Fisk) VanIddeking & Ray says:

    We send our sincere sympathy for the loss of your son Mark! We are so grateful for Marks service to his country! Our hearts ache for you and the emptiness in your family! May God watch over you all!

  15. John D. Vasos says:

    So sorry to hear of the loss of Sgt. Mark Schoonhoven and while I will not be able to pay my respects I would like the family and friends to know that I will be praying for them in this time of need.

  16. SFC Timothy Parker says:

    I grew up in Plainwell and knew Mark. I learned of his death on the news station they have for us here in South Korea. I have many mixed emotions right now. I’ve lost alot of friends over the last 10 years, this is the first time one was someone I knew as a kid. I feel very saddened by the loss, and wonder if during my multiple rotations, if I had run into him and not realized it. It’s amazing how we change over the years.

    If someday his children ever want to know what Mark was like as a kid, or what life is like in the Army please point them my way. I feel like I should help bridge a gap if I can. I could never replace him, but perhaps I could help somehow. I know my words probably don’t help, I don’t feel any better having said them.

    I guess I wanted you to know that Mark may have been a soldier, but he’s remembered as a childhood friend.

    SFC Timothy Parker

  17. Howard and Terri Gott says:

    Deb and Harry, It’s difficult to know what to say at a time like this. We are heart broken over what happened to Mark. We prayed every day for his recovery, but I guess God knew what was best. He is a true hero. We salute him and thank him for his dedication in defending our country. We pray for you and his wife and children.
    We are in Florida and won’t be there for the service in person, but we will be in thought. We will be over to see you when we get home in April.
    Much love, Howard and Terri

  18. Tom and Karen Plaska says:

    Our sincere condolences on your loss of this warrior. As proud members of the American Legion and the Patriot Guard Riders, it will be an honor to stand for this hero.

  19. VanDenBerg Famlies says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families

  20. Patches- Michigan Patriot Guard Riders says:

    I did not know Ssg. Schoonhoven but as a veteran we were brothers in arms. On behalf of my family I offer my condolences for your loss. There are no words that will reduce your pain, but please know that you do not stand alone. We of the Michigan Patriot Guard Riders stand with you, and you will never be alone in your greif. RIP warrior, thank you for your service and sacrafice.

  21. Danny and Linda Bryant, Laveen AZ says:

    We did not know your Husband, your Son and your Dad,
    Sgt. Mark H Schoonhoven It will be the little things that you will remember, the quiet moments, the smiles, the laughter. And although it may seem hard right now, it will be the memories of these little things that help to push away the pain and bring the smiles back again.
    He is a Hero

  22. Sherry Schumaker says:

    Deb and Family, I never had the pleasure of meeting or knowing your son, but I want to pass on my condolences and my appreciation for Mark’s service and sacrifice..My thoughts and prayers are with you all through this difficult time, but may the respect and appreciation we all feel make your loss a little less painful..

    Sherry (Knight) Schumaker

  23. PETE SATKOWIAK says:

    We will forever remember the great sacrifices Sgt. Schoonhoven made in service to his country for his family and the families of others here in the Michigan and abroad. In my eyes as well as others he has paid the ultimate sacrifice so we can walk and have the hands of FREEDOM guide us all of our days. I ask that God take the family and loved ones of our brother Sgt. Schoonhoven and wick away the sorrow but never wick away the memories of when they were with him enjoying him as a father, a brother, a friend and as a son.

  24. Daniel Spranger says:

    I have never had the pleasure of meeting SSG Mark H. Schoonhoven , however I know him well, I am a Viet Nam Veteran. From my family and I we offer our condolences and we pray that the good Lord will comfort your family during this very, very difficult time. God bless you all!

  25. Missy Lee says:

    To the Family of Sergeant Schoonhoven,

    I have never had the honor of meeting SGT Schoonhoven, but as a mother of an Airman and a wife of retired Soldier, I am truly sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless you and hold you close in his arms at this difficult times.

    The U.S. Flag will be lowered to half-staff in honor of Sgt Schoonhoven at Detroit Arsenal (Where I work) and I will be thinking of you.

    Missy Lee

  26. Mark H. Niewoonder says:

    Harry and Deb, We are saddend to hear of the loss of Mark. I am sure you are very proud of his outstanding service to his country.
    Where have all the years gone we remember so well the day of his birth. We will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

    Mark & Vicky Niewoonder
    and families

  27. Ron DeGuire says:

    My condolences to the family of a true American hero. Memories of Mark will get you through these difficult times.

  28. Bridgett and Roger Dee says:

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  29. Susan Spencer Perkowski says:

    The Final Inspection
    The soldier stood and faced God, Which must always come to pass. He hoped his shoes were shining, Just as brightly as his brass.
    “Step forward now, you soldier, How shall I deal with you ? Have you always turned the other cheek ? To My Church have you been true?”
    The soldier squared his shoulders and said, “No, Lord, I guess I ain’t. Because those of us who carry guns, Can’t always be a saint.
    I’ve had to work most Sundays, And at times my talk was tough. And sometimes I’ve been violent, Because the world is awfully rough.
    But, I never took a penny, That wasn’t mine to keep… Though I worked a lot of overtime, When the bills got just too steep.
    And I never passed a cry for help, Though at times I shook with fear. And sometimes, God, forgive me, I’ve wept unmanly tears.
    If you’ve a place for me here, Lord, It needn’t be so grand. I never expected or had too much, But if you don’t, I’ll understand.
    There was a silence all around the throne, Where the saints had often trod. As the soldier waited quietly, For the judgment of his God.
    “Step forward now, you soldier, You’ve borne your burdens well. Walk peacefully on Heaven’s streets, You’ve done your time in Hell.”

  30. Jen and Andrew Brazee-Fort Riley, KS says:

    Harry & Deb,
    Its been a long time since seeing y’all at the lake but was sad to hear about your families loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you in this time of loss.

  31. Hilary Draves says:

    Mr.& Mrs. Schoonhoven I am sorry for loss I grew up with Mark at Gilkey he made everyone in stiches in what he did, I rememberr when Him and I had a picture taken back then for something that we had done for our class. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  32. Bob and Linda Mollitor says:

    To Marks, Family,, Harry, Deb, Chris and his wife and children.
    We were so sadden to hear of Marks passing..
    We remember Mark when he was in scouts with Ben.
    It seems like yesterday when the boys were little and they have grown into men..
    I m so thankful for what Mark has done for our country.. He gave his all, his life.. He and his family have sacrificed so many things. How can thank you be enough to honor him .
    We honor him and pray for you all, that you will find some comfort to know how many people are praying for you. God Bless you.
    Bob and Linda Mollitor

  33. Shannon (Warren) Shafer says:

    I haven’t seen Mark since High School. He was an exceptionally nice and funny guy. It sounds like he had made a wonderful life for himself doing what he loved. It’s sad that his life has ended too soon. The sacrifice that Mark and so many other US men and women have made will not be forgotten. I pulled out our yearbook after hearing of Marks passing and looked through his photos and the rest of our PHS friends… I reminisced a while and said a prayer for Marks grieving family. Although I cannot be at Mark’s service, my thoughts and prayers are.
    “May God be with you, in your hearts, surrounding you, giving you the strength you need to carry on in Mark’s honor. May you eventually find peace with your loss and hope for brighter days ahead as time and life will go on. May God bless your family and friends with all the memories you need to carry Mark in your heart for the rest of your lifetime. All of this in Jesus’ name” -Amen

  34. T Lynch says:

    Chris and Family
    So very sorry to hear of Marks passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  35. Donn Stowe says:

    Harry and Deb,

    Although I never met Mark, It is an honor to know that he served and protected us. His is the ultimate sacrifice. Harry it has been many years since I have seen you or your brothers. Probably since our high school days. I hope you know our prayers are with you during this trying time. God Bless you all.

    Donn & Dianne Stowe

  36. Tim Trucks and Carol McLarty says:

    We both thank Sgt. Shoonhoven for giving his all to giveus peace and safety. We are so heart fully sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers!

  37. Rev Yarry & Florene Stultz says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We thank God for what Mark has done for our country in giving us freedom. We live in Allegan. My maiden name is Schoonhoven and we are from the Freeport, Illinois area. We pray that God will comfort your total family in the days ahead. God Bless you all!!!

  38. Shawn Banner says:

    I cannot say that I knew Sgt Mark H. Schoonhoven, I just want to send my prayers from a fellow service member.
    My thought and prayers to your family – It is an honor to know that he served and protected helping instill the freedom for our families. He gave the ultimate sacrifice to our great nation. A hero!!

    Just wanted to share a poem by Tecumseh, many have only heard it because of a movie, some of us know it by heart!

    ~So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart/
    Trouble no one about their religion;
    Respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours.
    Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life.
    Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people.
    Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.

    Always give a wrd or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger when in a lonely place.
    Show respect to all people and grovel to none.

    When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living.
    If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself.

    Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision.

    When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way.
    Sing you death a song and die like a hero going home


    One of our heros has gone home – God bless

    Spemper Fi
    Cpl Shawn M Banner
    USMC 1994-1998

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