A long time Rockford-area firefighter loses his battle with cancer. Richard "Ike" Schoonover, 77 passed away Monday.
Schoonover was a Deputy Chief for the Harlem-Roscoe Fire Department. Current Chief Don Shovelin says Schoonover spent 35 years on the department. A visitation will be held to honor his life Thursday from 5pm-8pm at Delehanty Funeral Home in Loves Park. Schoonover will be laid to rest on Friday after a service at 11am at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Rockford.