Lawrence (Larry) Schroeder
Larry passed away at his home Wednesday, the 20th of November. He was born in 1923 in Franklin, Minnesota. He grew up experiencing different jobs as a young boy and teens, with the locals. He'd help farmers, then worked at his Dad's service station. This is where he learned his mechanic skills. He enlisted in the Marines in 1942. He deployed to the south Pacific where eventually he was wounded in action in 1945. Because of his injuries he was honorably discharged from service. Because of his actions over seas, he earned a Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
After his service to our country, he attended the Dunwoody College of Technology in Minneapolis. Larry wanted to see the country before settling down to his new career. He did jobs for folks as he traveled therefore stocking up on MANY interesting stories. When he settled down, he hired on with Shell Oil Company as a mechanical draftsmen. It was at Shell that he met his wife, Phyllis, Larry and Phyllis raised five children and were married 60+ years.
Anyone who knew Larry knows his love for adventure, outdoors, and helping out in his community. He rode motorcycles, fished, flew glider planes are just a few of his activities. He was active with the DAV for many years. Member of the Royal of the Moose, in Whitefish.Helped on the Whitefish Depot renovation. He later volunteered at the Whitefish Depot museum. For many years he and Phyllis attended the 1st Presbyterian Church in Whitefish.
Larry is preceded in death by Phyllis. His step son William Snyder. And his son John Schroeder.
Larry leaves behind step son Joe Snyder and his wife Marilyn Snyder. Daughter Susan Smith and her husband Steve Smith. And a daughter Sandra Reynolds and her husband, David Reynolds. He also leaves behind his sons wife, Nancy Schroeder.
Larry was blessed with grandchildren Julie Yuly, Lacy Martin, Christina Vlinder, Samuel Broughton, John Kessler, and Matthew Schroeder. Larry was doubly blessed with great grandchildren Wyatt Martin, Carter Williams, and Clayton Broughton.
Larry will be sorely missed but we know he's at peace again with Phyllis.