Peter Eldred Schrofer
Peter Eldred Schrofer, surrounded by his family, took his final rest on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 after a brief illness.
Peter, “Pete”was born in Baraboo at home, the oldest of four, to Frank and Lila (Hewitt) Schrofer on January 6, 1922. Pete, at the age of three, Lila and his younger brother Jessie, traveled by train to meet Frank’s family in Missouri. Finding no work they returned to Wisconsin by a team of horses and covered wagon. The trip took three weeks. Pete attended school in the Cassel Prairie area and later Baraboo Tower Rd. School. He finished 8th grade and went to work for local farmers. By the time he had reached his middle twenties he had two children, Betty and Eldred. He owned a farm on Tower Rd., which is now part of the State Park, and also had a milk route with three trucks and two drivers. He sold this and bought his next farm and farmed and raised beef cattle in Troy Township, and added three more children, Joni, Jeff, and Gary. In the following years he taught himself. If it needed fixing, welding, building, plumbing, wiring, or mechanical, Pete could do it. However his true profession was welding and pipe fitting. He was a member of the Milwaukee Local 601 for over 50 years. Pete was offered a job for 90 days with Seneca Company at Army Badger Ordinance and was hired on as a supervisor for over 11 years. The company moved to Florida and he turned down a job to follow them. During this period he also owned and operated two taverns, The Shady Lane on old Hwy 12, and the Wildwood on the hill of Hwy 113 until he sold and moved to Adams Friendship. He met his best friend and love of his life Arlene LaRock, and they married October 2, 1975. Her daughter, Cheri became an addition to his family. Pete and Arlene loved to snowmobile; it was this sport that moved them to a small farm in Friendship. There he worked as a pipefitter in Wisconsin Rapids. When that job was finished in the early 80’s they bought a 5th wheel and traveled to different states for Pete to continue work. They made many wonderful friends over the years in Colorado, Florida, Washington, New Hampshire and Arizona. They retired in Mesa, Arizona for the winters for over 25 years. They returned to Wisconsin in 2012 living with daughters Joni and Cheri. Pete enjoyed hunting and fishing in his younger years. In his retirement years he hiked, golfed, spoiled his grandchildren, riding in his model A, fishing with his best friend Charlie Rogers, traveling, and he made a dream trip of six weeks in Alaska in 1996. In 2001 he took a trip with his son Eldred to Canada. In his golden years he enjoyed Packer games, puzzle books, time with family and friends and Bruiser the cat.
Pete is survived by his wife, Arlene; 5 children, Betty (Lenny Gilbert) Brietzman of Stoughton, Eldred (Charmaine) Schrofer of Venice Florida, Cheri (Joe Motici) Slaney of Sauk City, Joni (Dennis) Howery of Baraboo, Jeff (Jenny Volbrect) Schrofer of Baraboo; grandchildren, Danny Seffens, Dale Seffens, Debbie (David) Blaney, Carrie (Brandon) Duck, Kimberly (Randy) Richards, Matthew (Holly Abel) Kendall, Wendy Kendall, Ben (Claudia) Kendall, Tiffany (Jim) Hampton, Kelly (Jim) Campbell, Joseph (Becky) Howery, Gabe (Taylor) Swalheim, and Jessica Howery; 19 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great grandchildren; a brother, Frank “Junie” (Marlene) Schrofer of Sauk City; he is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Pete was preceded in death by his parents; a sister Esther Hannam; brother in-law Don Hannam; brother in-law Jessie Schrofer; sister in-law Claire Schrofer; and infant son Gary, his canine buddy Bizzy, and numerous good friends.
Pete was a loving husband, wonderful father, grandfather and friend. He made our lives better and brighter having him here. He made us laugh with his one line quips, and gave us self-taught experience and advice. He will be greatly missed. May you once again fish with your buddies Charlie and Bizzy. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, December 5, 2014 at HOOVERSON FUNERAL HOME, Sauk City. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.
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