Ret. Lieutenant Colonel Michael Schoch

Ret. Lieutenant Colonel Michael P. Schoch, age 79, formerly of Quincy, IL passed away Wednesday, July 12, 2023, at home in Punta Gorda, FL. Michael was born on August 24, 1943, in Quincy, IL, the son of Alvin Charles and Dorothy (Kerberick) Schoch.

In 1969, Michael enlisted into the United States Air Force and began what would become an exemplary military career. Mr. Schoch was awarded numerous honors and awards including the Bronze Service Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross and Campaign Medal, and an Air Force Commendation Medal. Michael served overseas for nearly two years in the Vietnam War and would rise in the ranks becoming Lieutenant Colonel.

Michael earned his master’s degree in engineering and in addition to being a distinguished pilot, Mr. Schoch worked for General Motors prior to enlisting. Following his retirement from the Air Force, he was a pilot for 17 years with the United Parcel Service retiring in 2007.

Michael was a member of the International Pilot’s Association, and he enjoyed playing golf and traveling.

Michael was of the Catholic faith.

Survivors include his siblings: James H. Schoch of Quincy and Barbara (Gene) Hart, Jr. of Metamora, IL. Nieces and nephews also survive.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Graveside services will be held on Friday, September 29, 2023, at 10:30 a.m. at Sunset Cemetery with Rev. Nathan Hart officiating. Full military honors will be provided by the United States Air Force. Service arrangements are with Duker and Haugh Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Make A Wish Foundation of America.

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  1. Richard Clark on October 5, 2023 at 4:30 pm

    So glad to learn of Mike’s outstanding USAF service and career. I remember him from the years at Quincy High School.

  2. Lisa Sayler on October 6, 2023 at 8:03 pm

    This breaks my heart. Michael Schoch is a great man and friend of mine. Big smile and his sense of humor I will never forget. Many great intellectual conversations I will miss.

    Now you are at peace with no pain my friend.

    Lisa Sayler

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