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Industry Legend Dick Schoonover Dies

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Dick Schoonover, of Woodbury, MN, who grew his family auto body shop into a nationally-recognized company while helping to advance the collision repair industry as a whole, died July 9, 2020. He was 84.

Dick graduated from Murray High School in 1955, where he had played football, basketball and baseball, earning a letter in all three sports over four years. That was also where he met the love of his life, Beryl

 

Dick and Beryl were married in 1956 and started their family in St. Paul, MN. Dick went to work for his dad, Chuck, at the family business, Schoonover Auto Rebuild. Dick took it over in the mid ‘60s after Chuck’s early passing.

 

Dick and Beryl built a home in Shoreview, MN, and raised their three sons. Dick balanced small business ownership with family time. He encouraged the boys to be active in sports and helped them develop a love of the game, especially hockey. Over the years, Dick coached Legion ball, Little Lakes-Little League and Lake Region Youth Hockey. He was a student of the game and he shared his competitive spirit with all who played for him.

 

In addition to his love for family, Dick loved the family business. In 1973, he moved Schoonover Auto Rebuild to Shoreview. Dick was an innovator and was always two steps ahead of the competition. He set the bar high for customer service and quality and made sure his employees had the best tools, equipment and training available. During his leadership, he grew the company to a nationally-recognized repair facility. 

Dick was involved in the collision repair industry, serving on many boards and committees at the state and national level for ASA, ASC, I-CAR and others. Dick helped develop legislation, rules and procedures granting rights to consumers and leveling the playing field with auto insurers. 

 

In his spare time, Dick gave back to the community that meant so much to him. Besides coaching youth sports, he served on the Northwest YMCA board, was a Roseville Rotarian and sponsored many youth teams year after year. 

 

He and Beryl enjoyed golfing and were members of Midland Hills and Indian Hills Golf clubs. He was an avid reader and would read anything related to news, politics and business. He also loved cars and shared that love with his sons.

 

Dick was a man of many talents: businessman, entrepreneur, visionary, mentor, coach. Most importantly, he was a loving man who would do anything for his family. His drive for excellence, integrity, hard work and dedication proved anything could be achieved, and any obstacle could be overcome. He often used the phrase “tough mustang” to encourage family members.

 

With Beryl, his wife of 64 years, at his side, Dick passed away at home. 


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