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Arthur Frank Schoenborn

Nov. 18, 1918 - Sept. 17, 2013 -


Arthur Frank Schoenborn died Sept. 17, 2013. He was 94. He was born Nov. 18, 1918, in Oregon City to Henry and Kate Schoenborn.

He attended a one room school in Eldorado for his elementary years, Jr. High at Eastman School, then to Oregon City High School where he graduated in 1936.

He received a military commission as a 2nd Lt. in the Field Artillery reserves upon graduation from OSC (now OSU) in 1940. He then transferred to the Chemical Warfare Service and later became a U.S. Air Core Pilot. He served as an officer in three different branches of the army as well as spending time in infantry school. His favorite plane was the B 17. He was also a flight instructor.

His senior year at OSU, he met Doris Brown; they were married Nov. 21, 1941. After his military service ended, he bought half interest in the Old Molalla brick and tile plant, along with two different partners, operated it for ten years. He then went to work for the state of Oregon in Salem as an Industrial Hygienist and worked in that capacity until he retired.

His relationship with God, his wife and family were a key part of his life. He taught adult Sunday school classes, lead home Bible studies and with the Gideon’s, conducted jail services in the Clackamas County Jail. He was also active in the Child Evangelism Fellowship as both a local board chairman and a state board chairman.

He loved fishing and taking care of the farm. Later he became a master gardener and had over 100 varieties of grapes.

Mr. Schoenborn was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Kate Schoenborn; brother, Richard Schoenborn; sister, Marjorie Dunton; and son, Roger Schoenborn.

He is survived by his wife, Doris; daughter, Janet Walker; son, Paul Schoenborn; sister, Virginia Burley; brother, Walter Schoenborn; daughter-in-law, Ili Veley; ten grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held on Sept. 27, at Salem Evangelical Church.