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Konrad O'Donnell Schoen

September 6, 1956 May 28, 2019
Konrad O'Donnell Schoen
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Konrad O’Donnell Schoen, age 62, died suddenly of heart failure on May 28, 2019. The child of Sarah Ann O’Donnell Schoen (Sally) and Leland James Schoen, Konrad was born in St. Louis, MO and grew up in Ipswich, MA. He lived abroad, in Denver, CO and then made his home in Durham, NC. He is preceded in death by his father, Leland Schoen, and grandparents, Julia and Frank O’Donnell and Eileen and Fredrick Schoen. He is survived by his mother, Sally Schoen, his sisters and families, Deirdre Schoen Christy (Bill Christy, Julia, Bryson and Sarah Margaret) and Maura Schoen Davis (Walton Davis, Ella and Wilson) all in Black Mountain, NC and by many cousins and dear friends.

Konrad graduated from Governor’s Academy (formerly Governor Dummer Academy), Suffolk University and NC Central University School of Law. He was a practicing attorney in Durham, NC.

Konrad had many diverse interests. He was a voracious reader, an incredible history buff and he was always eager to share information or engage in a lively debate. He enjoyed photography and in his younger years was an accomplished solo traveler through India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Europe. His love of cars and all things MG began with his first car and continued over the decades with many projects and active engagement in the NC MG Car Club. His love of planes began as a child building models, was deepened as worked at Plum Island Airport, traveled in search of Gypsy Moths for a collector, earned his pilot’s license and continued for years after he could no longer pilot through his engagement in the EAA 1114 group and volunteer work with Young Eagles and at Oshkosh. He loved a good bargain, discovering, rescuing and repairing cast-offs and then finding a good home for his treasures. You could count on him to be ready to help if you had something to fix or to text you or drop by when he found something he thought you might need. He was most happy and alive when engaged in hands-on work or in discussions of the mechanical world and how things worked.

He was a loving son, brother and uncle who took keen interest in his nieces and nephews. He enjoyed many true and deep friendships and added so to the lives of many. At the same time, those who knew and loved Konrad also knew that he had his share of struggles, was not always the easiest person to get along with, could be quite stubborn and was all too willing to spark conflict. Here, in the City of Medicine, so sadly, he also resisted attending to his own health care needs. This leaves many with complex emotions in his premature loss. In this there is a message for us all. In the reflections of his nephew, Bryson - “Take the time to let the people you care about know how important they are to you and try to be patient with the ones you love. We are all flawed in one way or another and the best we can do is to try to meet people where they are in life and to do so with love and compassion.”

Konrad could best be described as a fascinating, complex and unique individual who stayed true to his convictions to the end. He was well loved. His intelligence, wit, love and way of being in this world will be missed and remembered by those who really knew him. May he be at peace.

Arrangements have been handled by Clements Funeral and Cremation Services in Durham, NC. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Konrad Schoen for support of the Young Eagles program- Local chapter- EAA Chapter 1114 213 Somerset Farm Rd. Holly Springs, NC 27540 or the to the National EAA Aviation Foundation with designation for the Young Eagles Program –EAA PO Box 3086 Oshkosh, WI 54903 or

A celebration of his life will be held at Cox Airport 1612 Highway 64 West, Apex, NC on Saturday June 29th @ 9 a.m. as we welcome family, friends and sharing of memories, stories and pictures.

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