Reverend Richard C. Schroeder
age 88, Appleton, died Thursday, December 24, 2020. Dick was born April 16, 1932 in Appleton to the late Frank and Esther (Ringlund) Schroeder. He graduated from Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa in 1954 and from Wartburg Theological Seminary in 1958. On August 25, 1956 he married Joan A. Schwefel from Milwaukee. He was ordained into the ministry at First English Lutheran Church of Appleton, in 1958. He served parishes in Northern and East Central Wisconsin for 38 years: St. John’s Townline, Birnamwood and St. Paul’s, Aniwa; St. John’s, Augusta and St. Luke’s, Foster; Immanuel, Zittau and Trinity, New London; New Hope, Downsville, Little Elk Creek near Menomonie and Grace, Pembine.
He and his wife built a home in Appleton and retired in November of 1995. During his retirement he was an interim and supply Pastor for the East Central Synod of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. During this time, he also enjoyed walking daily, some traveling, attending sports and musical events of his grandchildren. Family birthdays, holiday celebrations and celebrations at his parishes were extra special events in his life.
He is survived by his wife, Joan Schroeder, daughter: Patricia Schroeder, Appleton and granddaughter Vanessa (Mike) Weber of Greendale; son: Tom Schroeder and daughter-in-law Kim Schroeder, New London and their children: Sadie (Steve) Borzynski, Oak Creek; Theodore (Heidi) Schroeder, Green Bay; Rebecca (Andy) Merklein, Greenville; Samuel (Rachel) Schroeder, Kimberly; Charles (Sean Philipps) Schroeder, South Milwaukee and Madeline Schroeder, Milwaukee and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Janice Schroeder, who died at birth.
Visitation will be held at Brettschneider Trettin-Nickel Funeral Chapel, Appleton, on Monday, December 28th from 3:30-6:30 PM with a prayer service to follow. When visiting please practice social distancing and protect each other by wearing a face mask.
Due to Covid-19 a private funeral service will take place at 11 AM on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at First English Lutheran Church in Appleton, WI with Rev. Jeff Tengesdal officiating. Interment will take place at Highland Memorial Park, Appleton.
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