Regis D. Schoeppner, 72, of Oil City passed away Monday, July 30 after an extended battle with Parkinson’s disease.
He was born on November 22, 1945 to the late George and Laura McCord Schoeppner.
He grew up in Pittsville, PA.. where he fostered his love of the outdoors and sport shooting, to the dismay of local squirrels and crows.
Regis graduated from Cranberry High School in 1964.
After graduating, Regis worked at Cyclops Steel in Titusville and then for the Oil City Police Department. He enlisted in the Army Reserves in 1965 and received the medal of recognition for sharpshooting. He began working at G.T.E. in 1969 as a lineman and later as a cable splicer. He continued with the company until his retirement in December of 1996.
Regis was active member of the Oil City Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America for many years, shooting on pistol and rifle teams, skeet shooting, and attending their weekly meet shoots. He was an expert marksman who had an encyclopedic knowledge of firearms. Regis also enjoyed archery, fishing, and joking with his brother George and cousin Dewey Stewart and David Cox at their weekly breakfast meetings. He was a lifetime member of the N.R.A. and a member of the American Legion.
Regis married Bonnie (Stoltenburg) Schoeppner on January 3, 1998, she survives.
He enjoyed yard sales and auctions with Bonnie and had an eye for finding just the right treasure for the Victorian home they remodeled on Central Ave. in Oil City. He and Bonnie attended the Church of God in Tionesta before his illness. He developed lifelong friendships at the church and found fishing buddies who took yearly trips to Canada.
He is survived by his three children with his first wife Janice; David Schoeppner and his wife Kim of Dacula,GA., Nancy Ungvarsky and her husband Phil of Bluffton, SC., and Julie Sheridan of Oil City. He is also survived by two stepchildren, Derek Stoltenburg and his wife Flavia of Naples, FL., and Brian Stoltenburg and his wife Melisha of Oil City.
Also surviving are five grandchildren; Berlin Stoltenburg, Lorelei Sheridan, Bremen Stoltenburg, Liam Ungvarsky, and Emma Ungvarsky ; brother in-law Steve Safford of Westfield NY.. Lastly Regis is survived by his very well loved and spoiled dog, Amos.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his mother in-law Mary Safford, and his brother George Schoeppner.
The family will receive friends on Thursday August 9, 2018 from 11:00 to 1:00 P.M. in the Reinsel Funeral Home.
Funeral Service to follow Military Honors accorded by the V.E.T.S. Honor Guard at 1:00 P.M. in the Funeral Home with Rev. Chris Hill celebrating.
Memorials may be made in Regis’ honor to the Oil City Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America.
Condolences may be sent at www.reinselfuneralhome.com