Saturday, May 30, 1998: Mildred Walker Schemm; C. Lee Emery; Daryll Euguene "Bud" Schoen.

1998-06-01T00:00:00Z Saturday, May 30, 1998: Mildred Walker Schemm; C. Lee Emery; Daryll Euguene "Bud" Schoen. missoulian.com
June 01, 1998 12:00 am

Mildred Walker Schemm PORTLAND, Ore. - Mildred Walker Schemm, novelist, died at the age of 93 years in Portland on Wednesday, May 27. She was born to Walter and Harriet Walker on May 2, 1905, in Philadelphia.

In 1926, she graduated magna cum laude in literature from Wells College in Aurora, N.Y., and in 1927 married Dr. Ferdinand Schemm of Saginaw, Mich. She and her husband lived first in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Their next move was to Ann Arbor, Mich., where she earned her master of arts degree in English literature in 1933 and completed her first novel, ''Fireweed.'' The novel received the University of Michigan Avery Hopwood Award in 1933 and was published by Harcourt, Brace & Company in 1934.

The Schemms moved to Great Falls in 1933 making it their permanent home. Dr. Schemm became well-known in the Great Falls area for his work in cardiology. Mrs. Schemm, writing under her maiden name of Mildred Walker, continued writing and published ten novels between 1933 and 1955.

After her husband's death in 1955, Mrs. Schemm returned East to teach at Wells College as a professor of creative writing. In 1961 to 1962, she was a Fulbright lecturer in Kyoto, Japan. She traveled to Sicily for a sabbatical year in 1964. She was twice a staff member at the summer Breadloaf Conference in Vermont during these years.

In 1968, Mrs. Schemm retired to her family home in Grafton, Vt., where she continued to write. Every few summers she visited a cabin west of Choteau for family gatherings; she and her husband and acquired the cabin in 1937. She moved to Missoula in 1986 to live near her daughter. In 1990, she moved to Portland to live in a retirement home near her eldest son's family.

During her teaching years, she published her 11th novel ''The Body of a Young Man.'' The novel was nominated for a National Book Award in 1960. And in 1970, her 12th novel was published. In all, she published 12 adult novels and one novel for young readers. Of particular interest to western readers are the novels ''Unless the Wind Turns,'' ''Winter Wheat,'' ''The Curlew's Cry'' and ''If a Lion Could Talk'' - all set in Montana. The 12 adult novels have recently have been reprinted by the University of Nebraska Press in its Bison Books series.

Mrs. Schemm is survived by her three children, Dr. George Schemm, Dr. Christopher Schemm, and her daughter, Ripley Hugo; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A memorial service for Mrs. Schemm will be held in Missoula in late June at the Holy Spirit Episcopal Church on a date to be announced later.

C. Lee Emery

BONNERS FERRY, Idaho - C. Lee Emery, 69, at the Community Hospital in Bonners Ferry.

Lee is survived by his wife, Shirley of Troy; five children, Christine Lockhart of San Jose, Calif., Toni Hollen of Goleta, Calif., David Hake of Kalispell, Trudy Anderson of Spokane, and Patricia Suber of Troy; 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Services are at 2 p.m. Monday, June 1, (PDT) at the Bonners Ferry Funeral Home in Bonners Ferry with burial following at the Paradise Valley Cemetery.

Daryll Eugene 'Bud' Schoen

DEER LODGE - Daryll Eugene ''Bud'' Schoen, 64, of Deer Lodge, died peacefully of cancer, on Thursday, May 28, at his eldest son's home in Bonner.

He was born June 20, 1933, in Currie, Minn., to William and Gladys Schoen. One of three boys, Bud attended school and graduated from Beresford High School in Beresford, S.D.

Bud joined the Navy in 1951 after graduation and was flight chief on the USS Philippines and Valley Forge, where he received the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal ''2 Stars,'' United Service Medal and the China Service ''extended.'' He was honorably discharged from the service in 1955.

Upon leaving the service he went right to school, where he graduated from the Nettleton School of Business in 1957, with an accounting degree. He used this degree in working for the State Credit Corp. in Scobey, then in Missoula. Where he later went to work for the Department of Motor Vehicles in Missoula.

He was then promoted to the Department of Motor Vehicles in Deer Lodge, where he went on to become the chief of title and registration of the Motor Vehicle Division for the State of Montana. While in this position, he received awards for his outstanding service to the Motor Vehicle Division. He held this position until his death.

He was involved in the American Legion, Masonic Lodge, Shriners and Elks Lodge. He was also at one time the president of the Scobey Jaycees. In each lodge he participated in all events he was asked. While in Scobey, he once dyed a cow purple and rode in the Fourth of July parade. He also marched in the Bagdad Band in Deer Lodge for the Shriners.

He enjoyed bowling (once South Dakota state champion), golfing, fishing, word puzzles and traveling. In 1985, he traveled to Hawaii, where he boarded the USS Kitty Hawk and was able to relive his Navy days with his son, Steve, who was finishing his tour in the Navy.

Survivors include his two brothers, Bill Schoen of South Dakota and Ron Schoen of North Carolina; three children, Terry Schoen and his wife, Bobby of Bonner, Karen Whitman of Kalispell, and Steve Schoen of Everett, Wash.; and his grandchildren, Sean and Erin Schoen of Bonner, Jennifer Whitman of Kalispell and numerous nieces and nephews of South Dakota.

Services will be held at the Jewell Funeral Home in Deer Lodge on Monday, June 1, at 2 p.m. A reception will follow at the Pen Convention Center.

Memorials can be sent to the Elks College Fund, Masons, Missoula Hospice Care and the Shriners Children Fund.

His ashes will be dispensed by his children as per his wishes.

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