Robert Earl Schroeder, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away peacefully at the age of 91 with family by his side on July 20, 2014 at Sheffield Place in Bay City, Michigan. The son of the late Otto and Agatha (Noneman) Schroeder, he was born in Bay City on June 9, 1923. He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Viola (Langley) on October 2, 1948. They shared sixty-six wonderful years together.
Bob was a graduate of Bay City Central High School. He attended Bay City Junior College, the University of Illinois, and Michigan State University. He was a Registered Professional Engineer in the States of Michigan and Texas. He served his country for three years in the United States Army during World War II.
Mr. Schroeder spent most of his career with the Dow Chemical Company in Bay City, Michigan and Houston, Texas, where he held engineering and management positions. He was a member of the Bay City Elks Lodge #88. After retiring, Bob and Viola enjoyed wintering in Hudson, Florida and Georgetown, Texas. Bob loved and participated in competitive sports throughout his life, particularly basketball, golf and tennis. He also shared his love of travel, downhill skiing and camping with his family. He was always planning their next adventure. Mr. Schroeder was a wonderful husband and father and he will be deeply missed.
In addition to his wife Viola, he is survived by their four children: Maryanne (David) Maruszak, Janice (Patrick) Towey, Daniel (Debbie) Schroeder and Kenneth (Esther) Schroeder. Bob is survived by seven grandchildren, Mark (Audra) Maruszak, Shelly (Greg) Bowden, Kristy (Nate) Carver, Tim Maruszak, Ken Robert Schroeder, Daniel Schroeder, Nicholas Schroeder, and six precious great-grandchildren — Wade, Lily, Annabelle, Haley, Thomas and Kinley. Bob is also survived by his sister-in-law Bernadine Ricard and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Bob was pre-deceased by his sister Lillian (Seelinger) Goddeyne, dear brothers- and sisters-in-law, cousins and friends to whom he was very close throughout his life.
The family would like to thank the staff at Sheffield Bay for the exceptional care given to Bob during his stay there.
The Memorial Service will be held on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. from the Squires Funeral Home (211 N. Henry St. Bay City MI. 48706). Pastor Joe Atchinson will officiate followed by military honors by the Bay County Veteran’s Council. Visitation with the family will be held Thursday at Squires Funeral Home from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Friday after 10:00 a.m. Those wishing to provide an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Kawkawlin Community Church or the American Diabetes Foundation.