David Schoech, 70, Aurora, Colo., formerly of Salida, Colo., died Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in Aurora.
He was born Nov. 3, 1943, to Lawrence and Seraphine Schoech. He grew up in Ellis and later attended the University of Kansas and Fort Hays State University to study geology.
He married Jeanne Riffel in 1966. In 1970, after completing his service, they returned to Kansas, where he began his life of building houses. He worked for 11 years building homes, which eventually led to his career in the lumber business. He accepted a position with a lumber company in Hays and soon was managing the company’s yard in Russell. In 1986, they moved to Colorado. He managed lumber companies in Lamar and La Junta before settling in his home of Salida. He became manager of Hylton Lumber Company in Salida, where he worked until retirement, and then moved to Aurora. He was a U.S. Navy veteran serving during the Vietnam War.
He enjoyed cooking, family celebrations, and taking care of his newest grandson, Easton.
Survivors include wife; two sons, Michael Schoech and wife Mary, Russell, and Todd Schoech and wife, Christine “Kris,” Salida; two daughters, Jana Schoech, Grand Junction, Colo., and Laura Trapp and husband, Jim, Loveland, Colo.; a brother, Dr. Donald Schoech and wife, Betty, Columbus; five grandchildren, Justin Schoech, Matt Schoech, Josh Reynolds, Morgan Reynolds and Easton Trapp; a great-grandchild, Analeigha; a cousin, Carol Ann; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Dr. L.T. Schoech.
Services will be at a later date in Salida and Ellis; burial is planned in Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver.