THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Don J. Schroeder
Don J. Schroeder, 92, of Loomis, passed away Thursday, Aug. 28.
Born Sept. 7, 1921 to Joseph and Lena (Kaufman) Schroeder, when he was 10 years old, he lost his father leaving him to help his mother run the store in Loomis. At the age of 16, he bought his first truck and started hauling gravel. He then served four years in the United States Army in World War II, becoming Staff Sergeant of the Motor Pool. After service, he started hauling gravel, coal and wood and then went into logging. He married Joyce L. Kingston and they were married for 68 years. He started Schroeder Implement in the early 70s and his hobby was his business. He was happy visiting with his customers, which became his good friends.
He enjoyed nature, riding on his property looking for wildlife and going for rides every Sunday looking for that special tractor for his collection. A member of the American Legion Post 476 at Loomis over 60 years, he was former commander. He was strong and independent, yet caring, kind and giving.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce; a son, Tab Schroeder, Loomis; a daughter, Linda Olsen, Marinette; a step-son, Dennis (Donna) Strutz, Pound; five granddaughters; nine great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by four brothers and sisters-law, Tom and Mackie, Earl and Martha, Roy and Mary and a sister, Helen (Leo) Halbrook.
Per his request, there were no formal funeral services.