Pastor Schoo was a current member of St. Matthew by the Lake Lutheran Church in Benton. He served in the ministry for 54 years, serving the churches of St. Matthew by the Lake Lutheran in Benton, St. Andrew Lutheran in Poplar Bluff, Mo., St. Matthew Lutheran in Paducah, Redeemer Lutheran in Jasper, Ind., St. Paul Lutheran in Batesville, Ind. and Smyrna Lutheran in Greensburg, Ind.
He was a mission developer for Redeemer, St. Matthew by the Lake and St. Andrew congregations.
During his ministry, he was active in many community services including the Lions Club, Paducah Cooperative Ministry, Pastor Speaks, Habitat for Humanity, board of directors of Good Samaritan Society, Haven House for abused women, and local ecumenical ministerial associations.
He enjoyed involvement in LBL Outdoor Ministry, and developed special needs Sunday school for the Paducah community. His love for music was expressed through singing in the church choirs and playing the xylophone. He was a graduate of Carthage College, Carthage Ill., in 1955, a graduate of Hamma Divinity School, Wittenberg College, Springfield, Ohio, in 1959 and received his master’s degree from Murray State University.
He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Debbie Schoo, Calvert City, his daughters Luann Schoo, Paducah, Janis Schoo, Indianapolis, Ind., Catherine Cardwell and husband Rand, Mascot, Tenn., Cynthia Potter and husband Michael, Kevil, Beverly Schoo, Indianapolis, Ind. and Lisa Lockwood and husband Kevin, Melber; his stepsons, Ken Lown and wife Debbie, Ada, Mich. and John Lown of Los Angeles, Cali.; his brother, Dale Schoo of Bloomington, Ind.; eighteen grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.
His parents, Earl Anthony Schoo and Olive Bergetta Olson Schoo, and his sister, Nancy Costelow, preceded him in death.
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 27, at St. Matthew by the Lake Lutheran Church in Benton. The Rev. Paul Meier will officiate. Filbeck-Cann & King Funeral Home and Crematory is handling all arrangements.
Memorial gifts may be given to St. Matthew by the Lake Lutheran Church. Gifts may be designated to the Alzheimer’s Association.Condolences may be sent online at www.filbeckcannking.com.