Clyde Curtiss Schoeck was born on June 17, 1939, in Eureka, South Dakota. In 1960, he graduated from Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in business education. After graduating, he worked as a high school business teacher by day and a bookkeeper for an auto implement dealer by night. Clyde decided to make a career change in 1965, becoming a financial representative with Modern Woodmen.
After two short years, Clyde transitioned to a role at Modern Woodmen’s home office in Rock Island, Illinois, moving here with his wife, Donna; his daughter, Jodi; and new baby boy, James. Clyde quickly rose up the ranks at the home office, eventually being elected president of Modern Woodmen in 1997, until his retirement in 2005.
After “retiring,” Clyde may have been even busier than when he was working due to his community involvement at various organizations. Clyde’s retirement got even busier once Jim and his wife, Cynthia, began to have children of their own—starting with myself, Austin, in 1993, Jacob in 1996, and Lily in 2000. Throughout our childhood and into our young adulthood, Clyde could be found on the sidelines of our ball games (usually the loudest fan), vacationing with us in Hawaii sipping on Mai Tais, or just being plain old “Gramps,” as he liked to call himself.
Clyde was preceded in death by his father, Edward, and mother, Martha. He is survived by his wife, Donna; his daughter, Jodi (Lori Bergmann); his son, James (Cynthia), and their children, Austin (Abigail), Jacob, and Lily; his brother, Douglas (Carole), and sisters Reita Marcellus (Max) and Marlys Schlei.
In light of the ongoing pandemic, the family has decided to have a private funeral ceremony. Memorials can be made to Quad City Botanical Center or Trinity Lutheran Church in Moline, Illinois.
Send condolences to the family in care of Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory, 3030 7th Avenue, Rock Island, Illinois 61201