David Schroeder, a man of diligence, mischief and love, passed away peacefully at his Madison home on Saturday, June 8, 2013 with his family at his side. He had two open heart surgeries in his 40s and was told he would be fortunate to live 10 more years. He was 80 when he died having fought heart disease, diabetes and cancer as long as his body would allow. His determination was a reflection of the love he had for his family.

He is survived by Lois, his childhood sweetheart and devoted wife of 59 years; children Michael (Lisa) of Madison, Mark (Lynn) of Oregon and Holly (Andy Baggot) of Middleton; and grandchildren Christopher of Santa Monica, Calif., Danielle of Oregon and Jordan of Middleton. He is also survived by three sisters: Nancy (Doug) Hamilton and Patricia Wolter of Prairie du Sac and Marybeth Lowery of Richmond , Va.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Elizabeth, who lived in Sauk City and Prairie du Sac.

He was born May 28, 1933 in Sauk City and raised in the area. He graduated from Prairie du Sac High School in 1953. After serving in the U.S. Army from 1953 to ’55, he was employed at U.S. Forest Products Lab in Madison as an engineering technician from 1956 until his retirement in 1986.

He loved to socialize, joke and tease, especially with his grandchildren. He loved having fun. He loved summertime, being outdoors, grilling and being at the Baggot’s pool. He really loved Bob the cat and his grand dogs Lucy, Jennifer and Riley.

One of his final hopes was to reclaim his old, gray moped and zip around the streets of Prairie du Sac one more time. Hopefully he’s doing that now.

Per his wishes, no services will be held. He’d want all his friends to take a moment and celebrate the good times they shared.

The family would like to thank Heartland Hospice, especially nurses May and Jennifer, and Lynn of Meriter Home Care Agency, who helped make it possible for him to spend his final days at home with his family. Also a special thank you to Dr. Kathleen Murphy-Ende of Meriter Health Services for her sensitivity and compassion.

It’s hard, but we are all thankful for the wonderful times and memories we have and for as long as he fought to continue to be with us.

In the end, he left his family with the greatest gift: He was at peace.

“I love you bigger than the sky, Papa.’’ Jordan .