William C. Schroeder Jr., 91, of Appleton, WI and Spring Hill, FL, died January 17, 2018 at his home in Spring Hill, FL. Bill was born on April 2, 1926, on the family farm, in the Town of Center to the late William and Laura (Schulze) Schroeder. Bill spent his childhood on his parent’s farm and attended the local one room school house, through eighth grade. Always ambitious, he worked for his father during the day, but had permission to use the tractor at night to earn extra income working for neighbors. Bill was a veteran of the Korean War and while stationed for part of his duty in Alaska, developed an interest in modular housing. After demobilization, his father joined him in Schroeder Enterprises and they constructed homes together. Looking for new opportunities, he ventured into a little company called Valley Packaging which had begun as a “sheltered workshop”. Bill developed Valley Packaging into a highly successful employer through innovation and strong salesmanship, enriching hundreds of lives by providing meaningful employment for both disabled and abled bodied workers.
In his spare time and after retirement Bill loved to be outdoors, be it fishing, hunting or just watching the wildlife around his homes. His other enjoyments were playing cards and of course his 5 o’clock toddy.
Bill will be dearly missed by his loving wife, Menji and his children: Sharon, Jacob and Maria; sister Arline (Schroeder) Dabill; Nieces, Nephews, Great Nieces, Great Nephews, cousins and close friends.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents. sisters: Ruth (John) Freiburger, Muriel (Alvin) Holz, Marie Angell and Ila (Dean) Hanson; a brother Bobby Schroeder; a brother-in-law Dave Dabill and his former wife Denie (Midreain) Schroeder.
A service to celebrate Bill’s life will be held at 12 PM (Noon) on Monday, January 29, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church, W6399 County Road O, Town of Ellington, with Rev. Ronald Ash officiating. There will be visitation prior to service directly at church from 9:00am to 12:00pm. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund for Cerebral Palsy, Inc. is being established, in behalf of William C. Schroeder Jr.