THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Dennis G. Schroeder
Issue Date: March 21, 2019
Dennis Glynn Schroeder, 84, of Rockford, Ill., formerly of Gillett, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, March 14, 2019.
Born July 22, 1934 in Underhill, to the late Glynn W. and Ruth (Vorpahl) Schroeder, he attended area schools and moved to Rockford, Ill. as a young man before being drafted into the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and served for two years before receiving an honorable discharge.
After service, he returned to Rockford where he enjoyed a long, rewarding career as an operating engineer for Sjostrom and Sons Construction. A member of Operating Engineers, Local #150 union for over 50 years, he could fix things and understood how they worked.
After his father's passing, he took over his families homestead in Underhill. An avid collector of cars, tractors and other farm equipment, he made regular trips and visits back home throughout his lifetime.
He was a lifelong Lutheran and attended Church at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Rockford and Christ Lutheran Church when he came back home. He was very social and was happy to visit those he knew in nursing homes. Active in German Club and Lombardi Club, he attended Polish Fest, Beckman Sawmill Days and was involved with the Midway Village Civil War Reenactment.
He also attended the Iola Car Show, enjoyed going to flea markets, loved polka music and was a good polka dancer and a great cook. He was always happy to share his talents with friends and family and will be missed.
He is survived by four siblings, Lenore M. Robertson of Costa Mesa, Ca., Iris D. Schroeder of Rockford, Ill., Judith M. Pecore of Oshkosh and Stephen R. (Debbie) Schroeder; dear friends he regarded as family, Merrill (Sheila) Mihm of Rockford and their children: CJ (Sarah), Shelley (Drew) and Matthew and many nieces; nephews; great-nieces; great-nephews and friends.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Diana Schroeder; a brother, PFC Maynard R. Schroeder and a sister, Holly Tucker.
Friends and relatives may call on the family at Legacy Funeral Chapels, 108 E. Main Street in Gillett on Sunday, March 24, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Visitation will continue at Christ Lutheran Church-Hintz, 6905 Red Banks Road in Gillett on Monday, March 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., with a funeral service at 11 a.m. Pastor Michael Paholke will officiate with interment in the Church Cemetery.