Brigadier General Gregg Allan Schochenmaier, age 59, of Norwalk, died from injuries sustained in a car accident Monday, December 16, 2019.
Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, December 26th at O’Leary Funeral Services in Norwalk with a Celebration of Life Services at 9:30 a.m. Friday, December 27th at the Norwalk Christian Church. Burial with full military honors will be in the Iowa Veterans Cemetery.
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Gregg's Life Story
Gregg Allan, the son of Herman and Frances Mauree (Kalkowski) Schochenmaier, was on January 12, 1960, in Gregory, South Dakota.
Gregg grew up on his parent’s farm near Bonesteel, South Dakota. He graduated from Bonesteel High School in the Class of 1978. While in high school, Gregg played football and basketball, and held several state sprint track records; some of which he still retains to this day. He then enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corps. Following an honorable discharge, Gregg enrolled at the University of South Dakota where he earned an undergraduate degree in Geology in 1984 and a Juris Doctorate degree in 1988.
During law school, he entered Officer Candidate School with the U.S. Army, earned a commission, and served as an Artillery Officer. Upon completion of law school, he entered the U.S. Air Force and served honorably across three branches of the armed forces for nearly 30-years and was deployed to multiple international theatres and stateside incidents in combat and peacekeeping operations. Some of his highly deserved honors include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, and the Legion of Merit.
Gregg met Janine Denise Becker on his 21st birthday and they were married on Nov 27, 1982, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alton, Iowa. Gregg and Janine were blessed with four children: Kyle, Tyler, Emily, and Katlyn. Gregg’s military career took the family to Alabama, England, and Georgia, before finally settling in Norwalk, Iowa.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, racing, reading, cooking, and history. Gregg loved the Iowa Hawkeyes and always made time to watch them on the weekend. He had a strong work ethic and loved working outside.
Gregg was an excellent coach, mentor, and supporter of his children in their many sports and school activities. After the children were grown, Gregg continued to support and encourage them in their many life adventures and always valued his time with them. He was also an active member of the veteran community.
Gregg is survived by his family: Janine, four children, Kyle (Sara), Tyler, Emily (Nick) Eiten, and their children (Carver James and Theo Rion), and Katlyn (Sam Steenhoek). He is also survived by his sister, Carol Ann (Jose Bolton), and three brothers, Leon, Kevin (Kris), and Marti, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Arrangements entrusted to:
O'Leary Funeral & Cremation Services ~ (515) 981-0700 ~ www.olearyfunerals.com
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