Schoenly Found – Rapid City, South Dakota 

I’m currently on a cross country trip and am in Rapid City, South Dakota. Today we went to view Mt. Rushmore and then drove up to see Deadwood, SD. Deadwood is where ‘Wild Bill Hickok’ was murdered back in 1876. On the way back to Rapid City we passed the Black Hills National Cemetery just north of here.

Awhile back I remember coming across a Schoenly who was recorded to be buried here, so when I got back to the hotel I looked it up on the Internet. And yes, James Allen Schoenly, born October 15, 1913 and died December 1987 is buried at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Rapid City, SD.

According to his Social Security records, his SSN was issued when he lived in Washington DC. It appears he may have been the son of Allen Schoenly and brother to Earl Schoenly.

I also found the obituary of his wife who died a few years later in the Rapid City Journal. That obituary is as follows:

Myrtle Irene Young Means Schoenly
MARTIN – Myrtle passed to the spirit world, surrounded by her family, from complications of pneumonia on October 22, 2002. She had been in frail health for many months. Our beautiful, vivacious, loving mother, grandmother and guiding light is now safely home.


She was born to Edward J. and Cecilia Livermont Young on January 4, 1918, at home on Hume Creek in what was then Washabaugh County. She was the fifth of six children and was raised south of present-day Vetal in Bennett County. She was a member of the Oglala Lakota Tribe.
Myrtle attended the Jelly School in Bennett County and graduated from the Pine Ridge Boarding School.
She married John Means. Four children – Warren, Karen, Janice and Dennis – were born of this marriage and were raised in Laramie, Wyoming, where Johnny was employed. She later married James Schoenly and they shared nearly thirty years together.


Myrtle returned permanently to Bennett County in 1974 and has resided in Martin since then.
Myrtle’s love for her family was boundless; living and caring for her children and grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and her extended family was the focus of her life. She loved to square dance in her younger years, and later became a mean card player.


She is now at rest in Bennett County, close to her parents and family where she wanted to be. She is survived by her son Warren (Marge), 20 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Sioux Funeral Home in Pine Ridge. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Thursday, with the wake following. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, October 25th, at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment will be in the Catholic Cemetery in Martin, followed by a lunch to be served in the church basement.


Myrtle was preceded in death by her husband, both daughters and youngest son, two grandchildren, her parents, siblings and one nephew.

I’ll be looking at this more when we get home but if anyone has any info, please let me know.