Robert J. Schoenhals
April 29, 1933 - November 29, 2020
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Robert J. (Bob) Schoenhals, 87, of West Lafayette, Indiana, died at 9 p.m. on Sunday, November 29, 2020, at University Place. Bob was born in Petoskey, Michigan, on April 29, 1933.  He was the oldest of the four children of Glenn and Florence Schoenhals.  During most of Bob’s early years, the family lived in Roseville,…

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Chintan Sopariwala left a message on January 13, 2021:
RIP Prof Schoenhals. One of the finest gentlemen I have had the privilege of knowing. Extremely sharp and athletic. He was my guide for my Master's Thesis at Purdue - 2001 to 2003. He went out of his way to make sure I felt welcomed at Purdue and that I was part of the family. You will be greatly missed! My deepest condolences to Karen.
John Wood and Julie Ogle at SPG. left a message on December 6, 2020:
Our deepest sympathies, Karen. We met Bob and Betty in June of 2003 through a referral from their insurance agent, Joe Kennedy. They became financial planning clients then, and remained so all these years. We'd have our 2-3 hour lunches at Spageddie's a few times a year. We'd review financial things, but not long. We mostly talked about all things life: You and Glenn, then his passing, their growing up in Michigan, how they met, and how they ended up in Indiana. After Betty's passing, we continued those long lunches, even at University Place, and I will miss those a lot. He sure loved you and those twins! We will keep you all in our prayers. He was a great man, and we sure will miss him.
Lora Marie Williams, RN left a message on December 5, 2020:
Rest in peace Mr. Schoenhals❤
Kathryn Senft left a message on December 4, 2020:
I remember Bob, Betty, Glenn and Karen were our neighbors. Our children played together and we had a very nice neighborhood. Bob was always out running it seemed, after work of course. When we left that neighborhood our lives went their seperate ways but we always remained friends. I will always treaure that time in my life. Kathy
Jack Boughton left a message on December 4, 2020:
OO82M was Bobs Roseville phone number. I would call him and simply say “ meet you at the school, and another day in our lives began. We played anything that required a ball. Football baseball basketball were our usual choice. Bob’s father thought us to play tennis at a young age and we would hang around to challenge older people to play doubles because we knew they would have new balls .My first trip to northern Michigan was with Bob’s family’s cottage in 1947 Fell in love with the area and retired there in 1990. I feel like I’ve lost a brother but rejoice in the knowledge that Bob is rejoined with his beloved Betty and son Glen
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Lori Carte left a message on December 4, 2020:
My deepest condolences to the family. I worked in the heat transfer area just before Dr. Schoenhals retired. The professors in the area were all nice, but Dr. Schoenhals was just such a nice man and so welcoming. I always liked talking to him. He introduced me to his wife (though I didn't get to know her) and they were just good people. It saddens me to see that he has passed. I know he will be greatly missed.
Sam Piercy left a message on December 4, 2020:
I had the privilege to meet Bob on several occasions while performing at a local nursing facility. He always talked with me after my shows and knew so much about the music I played, and often had personal stories to share about the songs. Two of his favorites were Billy Joel’s “Piano Man” and “I Dreamed A Dream” from Les Miserables. Bob was a great man and friend to many, and he will not soon be forgotten. Fly high, my friend.
Karen left a message on December 3, 2020:
One of my favorite photos of Dad with my kids, October 2019. They called him “Bubba” because they couldn’t pronounce “Grandpa” at first, and the nickname stuck.
Paula Cook Kreger left a message on December 3, 2020:
My family moved to Willow Drive next door to yours right before Karen was born. Our mothers grew to be good friends - so many memories of babysitting for Glen and Karen! Your parents were good humans - and I'm sure your Dad found great joy with two beautiful grandchildren.
Frank Incropera left a message on December 3, 2020:
For 32 years Bob and I were friends and colleagues who were bonded by our mutual dedication to the field of heat and mass transfer. Bob was a dedicated teacher and researcher, who cared deeply about his students. But, the attribute that shown most brightly was his generosity and deep sense of humanity. Bob, was one of our better angels and one of the kindest persons I've ever known. May he rest in peace.
Kali Wyncott Shiller left a message on December 3, 2020:
Karen, I am so sorry to hear about your father! I remember him well from growing up across the street on Willow Drive, and I always think about your entire family when I drive by the old house. Your father was always so nice and patient when there were many kids playing in your yard!
Suzanne Collins left a message on December 2, 2020:
So sorry for your loss, Karen. You were in the dinner group I used to be in, and your mother and I played bridge together for many years. We would see your dad pop in while we were playing cards. He smiled a lot when we all interacted. Prayers coming your way.
Xiulin Ruan left a message on December 2, 2020:
My deepest condolence to Bob's family. Bob had already retired when I started at Purdue, but he kindly joined us in several Hawkins Lecture events in fairly recent years. I greatly enjoyed the conversations with him. He will be dearly missed by all of us.
Lucy Zahnd left a message on December 2, 2020:
Such a brilliant mind with a cutting edge wit. Dear gentleman you will be sorely missed. Lucy Zahnd
Xianfan Xu left a message on December 2, 2020:
My sincere condolences to Karen and the grand children. Bob and I worked together on many courses especially 315 Heat Transfer and 315 laboratories since I came to Purdue in 1994. Bob was the kindest toward everyone that he interacted with, the students, the staff (including teaching assistants), and his colleagues. Our family knew Bob and Betty as well since we were living in the same neighborhood for many years. Our family has fond memories of Bob and Betty for their kindness and their advises for us. I was fortunate to have several conversations with Bob in the last year or so. He will be truly missed.
Marcus Bianchi left a message on December 2, 2020:
So many great memories flashed through my head as I received the news that Bob Schoenhals passed. I was a graduate student at the Heat Transfer Laboratory when I first interacted with him in the early 1990s. We worked together in ME315 when I started as a teaching assistant of the laboratory in 1994. He was very dedicated to teaching and I learned so much during those years. We developed a wonderful friendship over time. He had so many great stories, was dedicated to his wife Betty, and was an inspiration. Besides all of the thermal science discussions, he influenced me as a human being. During the summer of 1994, I became interested in donating blood, but was always worried about the process. A longtime donor, Bob volunteered to go with me to the blood center. The two of us went and, as he joked through the process, donated; there was my first pint of donated blood ever. Since then, I gave over ten gallons of blood and platelets and regularly think of him as I sit through the process. Karen, Glenn, and Emma: your father and grandfather inspired many of us, both professionally and personally. He will be missed but his memory will live on.
Deborah Redder left a message on December 2, 2020:
My husband Craig and I met Bob only a few years ago at Black Lake. He was so full of life, energy, and wonderful stories. The stories we especially enjoyed were those of his high school sports days, basketball and football, full of vivid detail and excitement in the memory. We shall miss him and his endearing smile.
Keith Hawks left a message on December 2, 2020:
I have many found memories of Bob. We had many great times playing basketball at the Co-Rec and in several basketball leagues. I also had the pleasure of being a student in one of his heat transfer classes as well as becoming a teaching colleague with him. He was a great friend and will be missed by everyone that knew him.
Anil Bajaj left a message on December 2, 2020:
Hello Karen, our sincere condolence to the Schoenhals family. I have very fond memories of my interactions with Prof. Schoenhals, starting when I joined Purdue School of ME in January 1981. He was a very soft-spoken and kind person. Though I am not in heat transfer area, that did not come into consideration when we interacted. After he retired from ME, we would bump into each other in some establishment in West Lafayette and he would take time to spend a few minutes talking in the shopping lanes. I can even now imagine talking to him in one such encounter with Bob and Bette. He had great love for Purdue ME. I will really miss my positive interactions with Bob. May he RIP. Anil Bajaj
Gordon and Mollie Pennock left a message on December 1, 2020:
We will miss seeing Bob at the Ismail Center where he exercised faithfully every day. His energy and enthusiasm motivated us to work harder. We enjoyed his interesting stories about his education at Michigan and teaching career at Purdue.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
David Willis left a message on December 1, 2020:
I am so sorry to hear that Professor Schoenhals passed away. He served on my doctoral committee and always provided helpful feedback on my work. I also served as a teaching assistant for the Heat and Mass Transfer lab under his supervision. Bob was a great mentor and I learned much of what I know about teaching from him. Most of all, he was a kind and generous person. He will be greatly missed.
Issam Mudawar and Jane Ausman-Mudawar left a message on December 1, 2020:
Dear Karen, Bob and Betty were dear fiends of ours for many years. I truly enjoyed the many get-togethers we had with the old timers from the heat transfer area. I taught many courses with Bob, often twice a year, and enjoyed the time we spent together. To me, he was by far the nicest and most selfless colleague. May he rest in peace.
Yung Shin left a message on December 1, 2020:
My sincere condolence to the family. I had many interactions with Bob during his time at Purdue and after his retirement. He was always friendly and attentive. I really enjoyed the conversations with Bob. I will miss his smiles and friendship. Yung Shin
Farshid & Brenda Sadeghi left a message on December 1, 2020:
Dear Schoenhals family, we are sorry for your loss. Bob was a wonderful colleague and he will be missed by everyone. May he rest in peace. Farshid & Brenda Sadeghi
Jim Woodruff left a message on December 1, 2020:
Karen Sorry to hear about your Dad. Looks like he had a full life. I remember spending time with your dad at events around W Lafayette. He was quiet but we had good short conversations. You and your family are in our prayers. Judy & Jim Woodruff
Karen left a message on December 1, 2020:
Dear Dad, I know you are peaceful now. I'm so happy you got to be Grandpa to my kids. I will always be your little girl. Love, Kari
Scott Cooley left a message on December 1, 2020:
I'm sorry for your loss Karen, Emma and Glenn. Bob was like an uncle to me and a role model. He was my dad's cousin, and had a lot in common with him. They spent summers growing up together at Black Lake, where I would regularly see Bob at family get-togethers throughout my life. I always looked forward to it. He had the ability to quickly engage in interesting conversation, which I always enjoyed when I got the chance. He was fun to be around and always had great stories and wisdom to share, which I will miss.
Scott Banfield left a message on December 1, 2020:
My sincere condolences regarding the passing of Bob. I always enjoyed my interactions with him at Purdue. He was such a friendly and delightful person. The Purdue Mechanical Engineering family will miss his presence.
Catherine Gray left a message on December 1, 2020:
I’m so sorry you’ve lost your father, Karen. I’m glad that he had time with Glenn and Emma. You were a wonderfully caring daughter through his illness.
Gena Caruana left a message on November 30, 2020:
Karen, Emma, and Glenn, I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. I’m here if you need a friend. Sending love and hugs!❤️❤️❤️ Gena
Gena Caruana left a message on November 30, 2020:
Karen, Emma, and Glenn, I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. I’m here if you need a friend. Sending love and hugs!❤️❤️❤️ Gena
Gayl Woityra left a message on November 30, 2020:
It is sad to lose another high school friend. My deepest condolences to Karen and her children and Don, Bob's brother. Bob was my lab partner in 11th grade chemistry. In recent years he would always give me a phone call after he received my Christmas card, and we would chat about who we had seen or been in contact with. Bob was a very special and kind man. I will miss our talks. Bon Voyage, old friend.
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