SIKESTON - Dr. Billy G. Schoch, 85, died April 12, 2002, at the Clearview Nursing Center.
Born Nov. 23, 1916, in rural St. Catherine, son of the late Claude W. and Minnie Moore Schoch, he graduated from the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Kirksville and was a retired osteopathic physician.
A veteran of the U.S. Army, he served is the Asiatic Pacific for 30 months during World War II. Schoch was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Medal with three Bronze Battle Stars, American Defense Service Medal and the Distinguished Unit Badge. He was a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. In 1965, he became a flight surgeon with the Civil Air Patrol at Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, where he lived and worked for 23 years before moving to Sikeston.
His wife, Estelle I. Cargill, preceded him in death on Nov. 30, 1996.
Also preceding him in death were two sisters, including his twin, and one brother.
He is survived by a special friend, Phyllis Gates Parker of Sikeston.
No memorial services are scheduled.
Burial will take place in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.
Ponder Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be sent to:
VFW Post 3174
709 Smith St.
Sikeston, Mo. 63801