Chance Alexander Schmidtknecht
Chance Alexander Schmidtknecht, age 12, of Onalaska, passed away peacefully on April 7, 2021 in his mother’s loving arms surrounded by family and friends.
He was born December 27, 2008 to Laurel Schmidtknecht. Chance’s favorite place was the skate park in Onalaska because he could go there to do all his favorite activities, including skateboarding, riding his BMX bike and scooter. He didn’t like the idea of going fishing, but sure loved it when he was catching the fish. Chance absolutely loved reptiles of all kinds, especially his pet Scales. He had big plans to open his own rescue to help sick, abused, and injured reptiles; he wanted to create a sanctuary for them.
One of Chance’s favorite experiences was whitewater rafting on the Colorado River. He loved television series, especially Naruto, Scooby-Doo, and Courage the Cowardly Dog. He loved spending his time hanging out with his friends. To Chance, his mom and his friends were his life.
Chance is survived by his mother, Laurel Schmidtknecht; step-father Cazzie Marnach; siblings Alaya, Anthony, and Arson; Grandma Diana, Papa, and Grandma Joan; aunts, uncles, and cousins; the Evenson family; his dad, Tyler Yogmas and his family. He is further survived by his best friend, Braden, many other friends, and Scales.
He was preceded in death by Grandpa Lowell Schmidtknecht; Great-grandma Janice; cousin Lexy; and Grandma Nilda.
The family would like to thank the nurses in the pediatric ICU at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital, as well as the Onalaska Police Department and Onalaska Fire Department.
A visitation will be held on Monday, April 19, 2021 at The Gathering Place, 133 Mason Street, Onalaska. Family is welcome at 1:15pm and friends and acquaintances of Chance and family are welcome from 2:30 to 3:30pm.
Masks are mandatory for all visitors.