Funeral services for Mr. Walter Schroeder, 94, of Spencer will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 29, 2011, at Hope Lutheran Church in Everly. Rev. John Jensen will officiate.
Visitation will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, at Warner Funeral Home in Spencer. The family will be present from 6-8 p.m.
Interment will take place at Lone Tree Cemetery in Everly.
Mr. Schroeder passed away Sunday, April 24, 2011, at St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer.
Walter Erick Schroeder, the son of Johann and Gerhardina (Heeren) Schroeder, was born on Aug. 28, 1916, in Chatsworth, Ia. He grew up there and attended school, graduating from the eighth grade. He then stayed home to help his father farm. On March 23, 1944, he entered into the military, serving in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was honorably discharged on Oct. 28, 1944.
Walter married Madge Monselle on Oct. 29, 1939 in Emmetsburg, Ia. The couple moved to Everly in 1944 and lived in town where they raised their four children. After all the children graduated from high school the couple moved to Spencer. Walt was involved in many things throughout his life. He owned and ran in Everly what is now called The Ranch, the Amvet Club and the club under the Water Tower. He and his brother, Ernie also had Shouse's in Hartley. He had a truck line and drove truck. He then began working at Spencer Foods, and was there for 25 years. While at the plant, he built and owned the kitchen that is there. The most memorable occupation of Walt's to the public was his Donut Shop that he ran at the Clay County Fair for 15 years in the 1960's and 70's with his daughter, Jackie. He called his donuts "Spudnuts." The lines were always very long waiting for his donuts. Walter and Jackie also owned two other donut shops in Spencer.
Walter, in his 80's, volunteered his time with the RSVP. He drove people to their doctor's appointments. He even received awards from Gov. Terry Brandstad and Gov. Tom Vilsack for his years of service, volunteering. Walter, for several years, drove a bus full of kids to Des Moines for the state girls basketball tournaments. He also enjoyed fishing, but was most passionate about watching Everly girl's basketball.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife in 1991; 2 sisters; 5 brothers and a son-in-law, Duane Philiph in 1995.
Left to cherish his memory are his three daughters: Memphis Kibbie and husband, Emmett of Emmetsburg, Ia., Donna Rae Philiph of Alta, Ia. and Jackie Wyman of Spencer, Ia.; one son Terrance of Tempe, Ariz.; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.