SGTMAJ Richard Alan Schoener, 75, USMC, Retired, husband of Donna M. Schoener, of Beaufort, SC, died Tuesday, November 7, 2023 at his residence. He passed away peacefully holding his wife's hand. \n\nThe family will receive friends on Thursday, November 16, 2023 at 10:00am at Anderson Funeral Home.\n\nGraveside funeral services will follow at 12:00 noon on Thursday, November 16, 2023 at Beaufort National Cemetery with full military honors. \n\nSGTMAJ Schoener was born on April 19, 1948, in Reading, PA. He is the son of the late Jerry Schoener and Betty Bolden Schoener.\n\nIn 1966, he graduated from Muhlenberg Township High School in Laureldale, PA and enlisted in the Marine Corps July of that year. He served in the Republic of Vietnam in 1969, and from 1969 through 1980, he served in all three Marine Air Wings as a crew member aboard KC-130s. Additionally, during this time frame, he was promoted to GySgt and served as a Drill Instructor for 1st Battalion at Parris Island. He was promoted to First Sergeant in 1981, then in 1986, Sergeant Major Schoener was promoted to his present rank. After his promotion he served as Sergeant Major of 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, Weapons Training Battalion, Inspector at 2nd Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Intelligence Group, and Station Sergeant Major MCAS New River. At the time of his retirement in 1996, he was the Sergeant Major of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing. SGTMAJ Schoener was a highly decorated Marine. Among his many decorations is The Air Medal with numeral 11. Additionally, SGTMAJ Schoener is authorized to wear the Enlisted Aircrew Insignia. \n\nSurviving in addition to his wife, Donna; are one son, Cary Schoener (Jill); one daughter, Diane Lovette; one brother, Jerry Schoener; two sisters, Jane Schoener and LisaSchupp; four grandchildren: Christopher, Joey, Megan, and Katelyn, and three great grandchildren.\n\nIn lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to The Amedisys Foundation at https://www.amedisys.com/about/foundation/ or Wreaths Across America, P.O. Box 249 Columbia Falls, ME 04623 designated for the Beaufort National Cemetery.