Eugene A. Schoepke

December 16, 1937 ~ March 27, 2022 (age 84)


Eugene A. Schoepke, 84, of Varna Illinois, died on Sunday March 27, 2022 at his home surrounded by his family. Born in Streator Illinois on December 16, 1937 to the late Carl and Margaret (Ahlstrom) Schoepke, he married Janet Phillips on July 4, 1957 in Henry Illinois. She survives.

Eugene is also survived by his children Jeffrey (Connie) Schoepke of Varna, Elizabeth (Sam) Jamali of Orange City FL, Gloria (Tom) Whalen of Frankfort Illinois, Gregory (Laura) Schoepke of Varna, Gary (Stacy) Schoepke of Lacon, Amy Schoepke of Woodlands TX, Randy (Sherry) Schoepke of Lacon, Jessey (Tiffany) Schoepke Ocala FL; sister Jeannette (Rick) Ross of Bloomington; 21 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his brother Jack.

Eugene was raised on a farm and farmed his entire adult life. He took great pride in caring for his White Park cattle herd, one of a few in the state of Ilinois. Gene loved the outdoors, hunting, and fishing. He also had employment as a state grain inspector for Kankakee Grain Inspection at local elevators for many years. He served his country in the Air Force Reserves and was a member of American Legion post 254. He belonged to the Farm Bureau and St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Varna.

Cremation rites have been accorded and a private graveside service will be held at Salem Lutheran Cemetery #2 north of Varna at a later date.  Memorials can be made to Varna Fire and Ambulance Service. Online condolences can be left at

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