September 20, 1932 – February 18, 2018
Willard E. Schoppe, age 85, a life-long resident of Bensenville, IL, passed away peacefully Sunday, February 18, 2018. He was born September 20, 1932 in Elk Grove, IL, the son of Reinhardt and Viola (nee Everding) Schoppe. He graduated from Bensenville Community High School in 1950. He was co-owner of Reliable Trucking Company with his brother, Robert and cousin Edward Prehm from 1950-1970. He served in the US Army and was awarded a Purple Heart after being wounded in action on July 13, 1953 in the Korean War. He was a member of the American Legion Post 1205 for over 63 years. He was also a member of VFW Post 2149 and Lion’s Club. Willard married Elizabeth A. (nee Hasse) on February 8, 1958. He spent 36 years of his life serving the community on the Bensenville Fire Department. He joined the Bensenville Volunteer Fire Department in 1957; served as Assistant Fire Chief from 1970-1980; in 1982 was appointed Fire Chief where he served in this capacity until he retired on November 29, 1993. Willard headed the Fire Prevention Bureau for 12 years prior to being appointed Fire Chief. Through his years on the Fire Department he was instrumental in advancing the areas of fire inspection and prevention in the community and oversaw the development and construction of Fire Station #2 on Foster Ave., which was named in his honor upon his retirement.
Willard is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Elizabeth “Betty” Schoppe; cherished children, Kimberly, Kenneth and Karen (Donald) Draxler; loving grandchildren, Evan, Aaron and Sarah Draxler; brother, Reinhardt (Elizabeth) Schoppe; sister-in-law, Loretta Schoppe; sister-in-law Joyce Cutler; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Robert; father and mother-in-law, Fred and Alvina Hasse; brother-in-law, Donald Hasse; and son-in-law, Dean Hilke.
Lying in State, Thursday February 22, 2018 from 9 AM until time of Funeral Service 10 AM at Faith Community Church, 192 S. Center Street, Bensenville IL. Interment Lakewood Memorial Park, Elgin IL. Visitation Wednesday, February 21, 2018 from 3-8 PM at Geils Funeral Home, 180 S. York Road, Bensenville IL. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Faith Community Church, would be appreciated. For funeral information, please call 630-766-3232.