Richard M. (Dick) Schoen, 89, of St. Anthony Park, died July 7, 2018.
Dick was born May 26, 1929, to Floyd and Iris (Wilkinson) Schoen in Ortonville, Minn., where his Swedish immigrant great-grandparents had settled. Dick loved growing up in Ortonville and returned often, enjoying hunting and fishing in the area and working in the family furniture store.
He studied architecture at the University of Minnesota and was a first lieutenant in U.S. Army, using architectural skills to build airplane hangers during the Korean War. While in Colorado Springs, he met Carol Hovland of Dawson, Minn. They married and moved to St. Paul. Dick designed and built their house in St. Anthony Park, where they started a family and had lived ever since.
He co-founded several architectural firms and ended his career working from home on interesting projects. He was a private pilot and loved to work on an old Navy biplane and old cars at his hangar at the Blaine airport, where he was an active member of the airport community.
Most of all, he loved taking his family to their lake property near Grand Rapids, Minn., as well as camping around Minnesota’s state parks. Dick was active in AA for many years and sponsored many new members.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Carol; sons, Martin (Lynne), Erik (Deolinda) and Kristofer; five grandchildren; a great-grandson; and brother, David (Linda).
His memorial service was held July 22 at St. Anthony Park Lutheran Church.