Ellsworth L. Schoonover

December 26, 1922February 21, 2018
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ELLSWORTH L. SCHOONOVER, 95, passed away on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, at the Penn Yan Manor Nursing Home.

Ellsworth was born on December 26, 1922, in Mansfield, PA, the son Ralph & Edith (Keltz) Schoonover. He married Marie (Horton) Schoonover on January 3, 1942. He was a veteran of the United States Army, who served in World War II, including service in California, Virginia, Wales, England, France, Belgium, and Luxembourg. He survived the Invasion of Normandy, received many honors, and he was honorably discharged in 1945.Ellsworth prided himself on raising his six children with Marie, and he worked various jobs, including carpentry, truck driving, and driving bus for Dundee Central School District, before retiring to Florida. He was a founder of the Himrod Fire Department, served as Chief, helped to build the new location for the fire department, and he served as the Chlorinator for the Himrod Water System. He enjoyed traveling, fishing, woodworking, participating in church activities, playing the organ, and gardening. Ellsworth is survived by 5 children; Philip (Connie) Schoonover, of The Villages, FL; Mary Perry of Penn Yan; Rose (Daniel) Woodard, of West Seneca, NY; JoAnne (Bronlee) Combs of Flowery Branch, GA; Bette Smolos of Cape Canaveral, FL; 14 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. He is pre-deceased by his parents, his wife Marie, 2 brothers, 1 sister, and his son, Roger (Lori Wilson) Schoonover.

Family & friends may call on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 starting at 1:00 pm at the Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, 201 E. Elm St., Penn Yan, NY. A memorial service will be held at the funeral home at 2:00 pm. The burial will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Penn Yan Manor Nursing Home, 655 N. Liberty St., Penn Yan, NY 14527, or to a charity of one’s choice. Memories of “Schoonie” may be shared on the guestbook at


  • Calling Hour Wednesday, February 28, 2018
  • Memorial Service Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Ellsworth L. Schoonover

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March 10, 2018

Ellsworth lived a long and gallant life. With sincere thoughts, I send my condolence for your great loss. My words of comfort may not be adequate at this time, so I pray you ponder on the consoling words of the God above that HE "Will bring him back from the pit to be enlighten by the light of life". (Job 33:30) May you reflect on these words to bring peace, and hope of your embracing
Ellsworth again

Philip Schoonover

March 5, 2018

Becky Horton

February 25, 2018

Our love, thoughts and prayers to all of you. I will never forget Uncle Ellsworth and Aunt Marie pulling into the Mansfield McDonald's with that bus load! Rest in piece Uncle Ellsworth. Love, Scott and Becky Horton

Miriam Knapp

February 24, 2018

What a lovely obit. How well I remember your parents and their kindness.

Rene and Les Miller

February 24, 2018

Thoughts and prayers Rose, Danny, Jeff, Carrie and families! Love to all.
Rene and Les Miller