C. A. Schoenen, Jr., 79, of Morning Star Church Rd., Morganton, NC died Monday, November 8, 2010 at the Charles George V.A. Medical Center in Asheville. Born July 19, 1931 in Cole County, Missouri, he was a son of the late Clarence Anthony Schoenen, Sr. and Balbina Rackers Schoenen. C.A. was a graduate of St. Joseph’s Catholic High School in Westphalia, MO and was a Korean War Army veteran. Upon his discharge in 1954, he moved to Greensboro, NC where he was employed at Carolina Hatcheries. In 1959 he became the manager of Western Carolina Hatcheries in Morganton and in 1972, he purchased the hatchery which he operated as Western Hatcheries until closing in 1988. C. A. was a past president of the N.C. Poultry Federation. Mr. Schoenen also owned and operated Glen Echo Farms where he raised poultry and cattle. He was a former member of the N. C. Cattleman’s Association. He was an active member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Morganton. C. A. was an avid fisherman and accomplished gardener. He loved to share the delicious bounty of his garden with his family and friends. He dearly loved his dog and cat.In addition to his parents C.A. was preceded in death by his wife, Connie Biggs Schoenen; siblings, Frank John Schoenen, Sr., Helen Louise Schoenen Taft, Doris Jo Schoenen Forck, and Dr. Robert Lee Schoenen, Sr.C.A. is survived by a son, Steve Schoenen and wife Teresa Fisher Schoenen and their children, Steven, II and Katelyn all of Morganton; a brother, William "Bill" Schoenen, Sr. and wife, Priscilla Patton Schoenen and their children, Billy and Amy all of Morganton; sisters, Rosemary Schoenen Buesmeyer of Jefferson City, MO and Ruth Schoenen Parsa of Leawood, KS; a sister-in-law, Rosemary Schoenen; a brother-in-law, Mark Forck of Kansas City, MO; and a number of nieces and nephews.A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church with Father Kenneth Whittington officiating. Burial will follow at noon Wednesday in the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain, NC. The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at Sossoman Funeral Home. Memorial gifts may be made to St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 728 West Union St., Morganton, NC 28655 or to the V. A. Hospice, c/o Charles George V. A. Medical Center, 1100 Tunnel Rd., Asheville, NC 28805.
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