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Jonathan "Jon" Schoer '97 December 14, 2020 3:32 PM updated: December 14, 2020 3:39 PM

Jonathan Kevin Schoer
December 08, 1962 - May 30, 2020

Dr. Jonathan Kevin Schoer, 57, of Cedar Falls (Formerly of Valparaiso, IN) passed away at the Deery Suites at Western Home Communities from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). He was born December 8, 1962, in Iowa City, son of Lowell and Corinne (Hoefker) Schoer. Jon was baptized on December 23, 1962 and confirmed May 15, 1977, both at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Iowa City. Jon graduated from Solon High School in 1981, received his Bachelor of Science from Luther College in 1985, his Masters of Science from Iowa State University in 1989, his PH.D. in analytical chemistry from Texas A&M in 1997, then did his post-doc at Texas A&M. He married Deborah Fedge on December 28, 1986, at Zion Lutheran Church of Iowa City. Jon was a Visiting Professor at the University of Northern Iowa from 1999-2003, then an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Valparaiso University from 2003-2019. He and Deb moved to Cedar Falls to be closer to their family during his illness.

Jon was preceded in death by his father, Lowell, in 2016. He is survived by his mother, Corinne Schoer of Iowa City, IA; wife, Dr. Deb Fedge of Cedar Falls, IA; son, Eric (Brittany) Schoer of Alamosa, CO; daughter, Kathryn Schoer of Houston, TX; brothers, Darren (Julie) Schoer of Madison, WI, and Alan (Toni) Schoer of Dubuque, IA; a sister, Renee Schoer of Valparaiso, IN, and many nieces and nephews.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Jon’s memorial service will be private with an inurnment at a later date at Oakland Cemetery of Iowa City. Condolences may be left at www.DahlFuneralHome and in lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family for scholarship funds at Luther College, Trinity University, and Valparaiso University.

Jon had a passion for life-long learning and was a teacher of anything and everything. He loved all things pertaining to nature including hiking, cross country and downhill skiing, water conservation, and native woodland and grassland plants - he even became a Master Gardener. Additionally, Jon loved card games, board games and puzzles. Jon undertook a sabbatical through the Confucius Institute at Valparaiso that led him to China where he studied the removal of heavy metals from a body of water known in English as “Honeymoon Lake”. Jon became involved with youth soccer when his children played and became a referee for local programs. He was a faithful member at Christ Lutheran Church in Valparaiso where he served in many capacities including reader, usher, choir, member of the call and property committees and volunteering with youth ministry and mission trips.

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