Jack D. Schonert SR.


Jack Duane Schonert Sr. was welcomed into the arms of Jesus on Saturday, February 16, 2013, after a year long battle with cancer.

Jack was born April 6, 1936, in Big Rapids to Charles and Ethel (Bush) Schonert. He graduated from Evart High School in 1954.

Jack married Yvonne Warden February 25, 1955, at the Faith Bible Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Mr. Schonert learned to cut meat at Curtis’s Grocery in Evart at the age of 17, which was a skill he used his entire life. He moved to Kalamazoo after marriage and was a butcher in a meat department learning more and more and then became manager.

A job at Orton’s IGA brought Jack and his family back to Evart, where he worked until he bought the store with his good friend and partner, Marvin Cass. Later his friend and son, Jack Schonert Jr., became his business partner.

Jack was an active member of Faith Bible Church, where he led the congregation in music, taught classes, served on the deacon board, and encouraged and mentored many people. He was very active in Gideon’s International, speaking and distributing God’s word.

His wife Yvonne Schonert of Evart, three daughters, Barbara Smith of Ithaca, Melody (Bert) Walker of Big Rapids, Sara (Steve) Egloff of Alma, son, Jack (Lori) Schonert of Marion, ten grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and two brothers, Charles (Winona) Schonert of Cadillac and James (Linda) Schonert of Evart survive him.

His parents, brother Richard Schonert and son-in-law Bill Smith preceded him in death.

Funeral services for Jack Duane Schonert Sr. are 1p.m. Wednesday, February 20, at the Faith Bible Church with Pastor Tim Ford officiating.

Internment will be in the Sylvan Township Cemetery. The family would like to say “Thanks” to the many friends and Hospice of Michigan for their support. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Faith Bible Church.