Robert L Schroeder

Robert L Schroeder

Robert L. Schroeder, age 82, died on December 25th at the Fair View Nursing Home with his family present. Bob was born to Frank G. A. and Martha (Laack) Schroeder in Mauston on September 15, 1930. He became a child of God through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism on October 19, 1930, by Pastor William F. Lutz at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mauston. He was confirmed in his faith on April 2, 1944 at St. Paul’s by Pastor Albert A. Winter. His chosen verse was John 15:5, He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. All his life, Bob was a faithful member of St. Paul’s and considered regular church attendance a personal commitment. He served on the church council in many capacities and was a faithful member of the choir for more than 60 years. He loved singing and was a barbershop singer for 40 years in the chorus and later also in a quartet with Billy Pagel, Maurice Murray, and Dallas Enz Bob was employed with the WI National Guard supply depot at Camp Douglas for 39 years, retiring in 1988. Then he drove as escort for the senior center taking elderly to various appointments, mostly out of town. He loved driving, never worrying about the weather and he was always a safe driver. His final days were spent with great love and enthusiasm as the caretaker of the Mauston City Cemetery for 19 years until the summer of 2011 with his good friend, Rich Makowan. He was so pleased when people told him how nice the cemetery looked. He grew up with his sister, Dorothy Luce and half brother and sister, Frank Jr. (Bud) and Wilhelmina, (all deceased). He was married at St. Paul’s to Ruth May Rossin by Pastor Winter on September 10, 1955.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years and their three children: Mark (Sue) of Lake Havasu City, AZ, Rebecca Schroeder of DeForest, WI, and Martha (Charles) West of Mauston, two granddaughters, Helana West of Mauston and Jamie of Milwaukee, and 2 great grand children, Peyton and Kiana, brother-in-law Robert Luce of Baraboo, nephews Daniel Luce and Richard Luce of Milwaukee, brothers-in-law Richard Sr., Robert and Raymond Rossin and nephews Richard Jr., James and John Rossin and also many cousins and good friends. Bob truly believed in the forgiveness of sins through the blood of Jesus Christ and the sure hope of the resurrection and we look forward to a joyful reunion in heaven.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 28, 2012 at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Mauston, where friends may call from 10:00 a.m. until time of services.

Burial will be at the Mauston Cemetery.