Henry Fredrick Schoemehl

Henry Fredrick Schoemehl

June 01, 1926 - March 20, 2010

Henry Fredrick Schoemehl

June 01, 1926 - March 20, 2010


Henry Fredrick Schoemehl, an electrical engineer in the sound recording and aerospace and defense industries, died Saturday 20 March 2010 following a lengthy pulmonary illness. He was 83.

Mr. Schoemehl, a resident of Laguna Woods, Calif., was born in Terre Haute, Ind., to Anna and Henry Schoemehl on June 1, 1926. As a resident of nearby Seelyville, he attended Rose Polytechnic Institute, where he received his bachelor’s degree with honors in electrical engineering. He later received a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University.

After a brief stint in the elevator industry, he was employed at the Radio Corporation of America in Indianapolis, where he worked in a lab that researched sound recording. While there, Mr. Schoemehl developed three patents involving methods to improve recorded sound. After leaving RCA, he worked as a civilian engineer for the Navy Department, a position that involved missile development at the China Lake Naval Weapons Center in California’s Mojave Desert.

For the remainder of his work life, Mr. Schoemehl was employed by several companies involved in semiconductor, solar cell and variable-speed motor applications. He retired from Teledyne Inet in 1991. In retirement, he first lived in Bear Valley Springs, near Tehachapi, Calif., then relocated to Laguna Woods Village in 2003.

Mr. Schoemehl is survived by his widow, Barbara, of Laguna Woods, to whom he was married for 57 years; sons Frederick, of Tustin, Calif., and Mark, of Sunny Valley, Ore.; and a daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Thomas Reinsel, of Sewickley, Penn. He was preceded in death by a brother, John, of Fort Wright, Ky.

Funeral mass for Mr. Schoemehl will be offered at 9 a.m. Thursday 25 March 2010 at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, 25252 El Toro Road, Laguna Hills, Calif. His ashes will be placed at Ascension Cemetery in nearby El Toro.

The family suggests contributions to Catholic Charities, Boys Town Charities or the American Lung Association.

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12 responses to Henry Fredrick Schoemehl

  1. Jim King says:

    Barbara, Fred, Mark, Karen: So very sorry to hear about Henry. You have all had a really tough year so far. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Hang in there!

  2. Karen-we wanted to let you and Tom know how sorry we were to hear about your Dad. It is so hard to lose a parent. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and a prayer goes out to all of you.
    Love, Patrice and Garry

  3. Karen and Family,

    We are so sad to hear about the death of your dad. He was a very, very sweet man. It’s very difficult to write this without feeling such deep emotion, but we know that God has big plans for him. We should be happy.

    Love, Gale, Doug, Matthew & Megan

  4. Barbara and Family,
    I am extending my deepest condolences. I am so sorry to hear of your loss – you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. Karen, Barbara and Family,

    Henry will be deeply missed by all of us. I know for Pam, Henry and Barbara have been like a second set of parents since childhood days in Rossmoor. And since our marriage, that family love has been extended to Kyle, Brendan and myself. We have such fond memories of our time spent in Bear Valley as well as our Thanksgiving in Lake Tahoe. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Love, Pam, Kelly, Kyle & Brendan

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