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David A. Schoneweis, DVM

David A. Schoneweis, DVM
Dr. David A. Schoneweis, age 86, of Manhattan, Kansas, died Thursday afternoon, November 9, 2017, at the Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan.

He was born on May 8, 1931, in Clay Center, Kansas, the son of Friedrich B. and Ruah E. (Hanna) Schoneweis. A native of Clay Center he graduated from Clay Center High School in 1949.

Dr. Schoneweis earned his doctorate in veterinary medicine from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1956 and a MS in Surgery and Medicine in 1971. He served in the Army Veterinary Corps for two years before teaching clinical sciences for six years at Oklahoma State University. After two years in private practice in Lawrence, Kansas, he joined the KSU faculty of the College of Veterinary Medicine in 1966, teaching food animal medicine for 30 years.

His specialty in swine medicine earned him national recognition. He was a charter member of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians and was the 1997 recipient of the E.R. Frank Award. He served on its national board of directors and on its Swine Nutrition committee in addition to being the faculty advisor to K-State’s student chapter until his retirement in 1996. Other professional memberships included the Kansas Pork Producers Council, Blue Valley Pork Producers, American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA), Kansas Veterinary Medicine Association and the Kansas State Research and Extension Advisory Council. Dr. Schoneweis was responsible for developing one of the top two exhibits at the Kansas State Fair, the Birthing Center. He also was instrumental in starting a similar exhibit at Kansas City’s American Royal.

Dave was active in his children’s activities as they grew, coaching multiple Biscuit and Cookie League baseball teams, girls’ softball teams and rode his bike many miles, accompanying Marlys as she trained for cross country and track at Manhattan High School and Kansas State University. He often said that he had some of the best talks with her as he rode his bike along as she ran. Dave and Bernice started taking the family tent-camping in 1963 and continued until their early 70’s. They took advantage of the varying locations of AVMA meetings, camping to and from the convention sites, which allowed the kids to check most of the states and Canadian provinces off their lists, even if it meant driving several miles out of the way just to add another check mark. He served as a Boy Scout committee member for Troop 73 and hiked to Mt. Baldy and beyond with the troop at Philmont Scout Camp in New Mexico. Dr. Schoneweis spoke at the 1978 International Pig Veterinary meeting in Yugoslavia and then the family traveled on to Austria where they were able to meet cousins who the family remains in contact with today. After retiring from KSU, he and Bernice participated in several Elderhostels in variety of countries and Hawaii.

His civic memberships included the First Presbyterian Church and the Manhattan Kiwanis Club. In addition he served on the Riley County Parks Board, the Riley County Extension Council, and the Manhattan Community Garden where he and Bernice enjoyed gardening for over 35 years.

Dave met Bernice LaVon Brown at church choir practice while a student at K-State. On August 29, 1954, they were united in marriage at the Americus United Presbyterian Church. They continued to sing together in church and community choirs for nearly 60 years. Bernice preceded him in death on October 26, 2015. He was also preceded in death by his parents.

Dr. Schoneweis is survived by four children: Dwight Schoneweis (D.J.), Arlington, TX; Marlys Book (Chris), Choma, Zambia; Mark Schoneweis (Diana), Lawrence, KS; and Susan Schoneweis of Manhattan. He is also survived by two sisters: Rachel Gregg (Vaughn), Wichita, KS; Frieda Nichols (Dick), Portland, OR and by six grandchildren: Dylan Schoneweis, Trent Schoneweis, Kendra Kenney (Brad), Trevor Book (April), Jayme Schoneweis, Andrew Schoneweis (Elise) and one great grandson: Jack Kenney.

The family will receive friends during a visitation from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Thursday, November 16, 2017, at the First Presbyterian Church, 801 Leavenworth Street, Manhattan, Kansas 66502. Reverend R. C. McConnell will be officiating.

Graveside services with military honors will be held 2:30 p.m. Thursday, November 16, 2017, at the Americus Township Cemetery in Americus, Kansas.

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Memorials have been designated for the American Association of Swine Veterinarians and for the Manhattan Kiwanis Club-Bluemont Hill Overlook Project. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

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