Public Invited to Honor Fallen Local Soldier

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OTSEGO, Mich. –  Funeral arrangements are set for a fallen soldier from Plainwell, and the public is invited to help honor Sgt. Mark Schoonhoven by lining the streets with flags, while his remains are transported.

Schoonhoven, 35, passed away in a Texas hospital on January 20, after a five week coma.   The soldier suffered severe spinal and brain injuries when his unit was hit with an Improvised Explosive Device (I.E.D.) in Afghanistan.   Schoonhoven is survived by a wife a six children.

Funeral arrangements are as follows:

Feb. 4

Schoonhoven’s remains arrive at Kalamazoo Battle Creek International Airport around 3:15 p.m.   The public is invited to line the streets with flags as the casket is transported up Portage Street to Riverview Drive, then along M-89 to Winkel Funeral Home at 207 E. Allegan St. in Otsego.

Wednesday, Feb. 5

Visitation will be held at Winkel Funeral Home in Otsego from 2:00p.m. to 4:00p.m. and 6:00p.m. to 8:00p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 6

The funeral will be held at St. Margaret Catholic Church at 766 S. Farmer Street in Otsego at 11:00a.m. The public is welcome to line the streets with flags during the procession that will travel from the church along M-89 through Richland, and over to Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, where Schoonhoven will laid to rest.

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