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Gary Schroeder
  • March 18, 1943
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  • January 17, 2022

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Gary D. Schroeder, 78, passed away January 17, 2022 in Orlando, Florida.  He was born March 18, 1943, in Elgin Illinois, the son of Clarence and Eleanor (Winkelhake) Schroeder.

Gary graduated from Boone High School in Orlando, Florida in 1961.  After High School, he attended Orlando Jr. College.  He served in the Army Reserves and worked in construction for several years.  In 1966, Gary started his 41-year career with AAL (Thrivent) as a District Representative.  He loved serving families and helping others. He married Peggy (Shaeffer) on November 20, 1970 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Orlando, Florida.  They celebrated 51 years of marriage in November.  Gary enjoyed spending time with his family in their mountain home in Maggie Valley, North Carolina.

In addition to his parents, Gary was predeceased by brother, Terry “Skip” Schroeder. He is survived by his wife, Peggy, his daughters, Lynn Cera (Tim), Karen Wilson (Chad), and Cheryl Parsch (Steve), as well as 7 grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, January 25, 2:00pm at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Oviedo, Florida.

Memorial donations may be made to the Lutheran Haven Benevolence Fund (Click Here) or St. Luke’s Lutheran Church (Click Here).


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  1. Stephanie Kraus lit a candle:
    23 Jan 2022
    Lit since January 23, 2022 at 1:03:28 PM

  2. Jane Shaeffer lit a candle:
    23 Jan 2022
    Lit since January 23, 2022 at 1:11:59 PM

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  6. Sandra Ogg lit a candle:
    22 Jan 2022
    Lit since January 22, 2022 at 1:54:09 PM

  7. Scott Dart says:
    22 Jan 2022
    I have many memories of Mr. Schroeder (I will echo Jeffrey Kunze's statement that he'll always be "Mr. Schroeder" to me, as I first met him as a young child when he'd visit Mom and Dad on AAL business.)

    Praise God for His gift of salvation through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ! We are confident that we'll be reunited in the resurrection!

  8. Sandra Ogg says:
    22 Jan 2022
    A man of his word. A man of character. A Christian. A man we cherished as a friend. We will miss Gary, but rejoice that he is with Jesus. Rest easy our friend. With fond memories. Chuck and Sandy Ogg

  9. Dave & Susan Parsch says:
    22 Jan 2022
    Dear Peggy, Lynn, Karen, Cheryl and family you are in our prayers. Jesus' words from John 14..."Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going." Gary believed these words and now they have come true for Him. Because of his faith in Jesus as his Savior and Lord, Gary was a faithful member of Christ's church on earth and now he is a member of the church triumphant in heaven. We also give thanks that he nurtured this faith with you his family. May these words from a great hymn bring you comfort and peace..."Because He lives I can face tomorrow." Dave and Susan Parsch

  10. Dave & Susan Parsch says:
    22 Jan 2022
    DearPeggy, Lynn, Karen, Cheryl and families you are in our prayers. These words of Jesus in John 14 have come true for Gary.
    "Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going." Gary believed this because he trusted Jesus as his Savior and Lord and that he stood forgiven unde the cross. He also nurtured this faith with you his family. As a faithful member of Christ's church on earth and now he is a member of the Church triumphant. We rejoice in that and in the promise of the words of a great hymn which says, "Because He lives I can face tomorrow." Susan and Dave Parsch

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  18. Rose Sue Meltzer says:
    21 Jan 2022
    Gary and Peggy are family and I will remember all the many times we were together the sarcastic barbs he and I shared.
    He was able to put up with my good points and bad points and never complained
    He will be so missed . He had the biggest heart and most generous character.
    G-d needed an angel to watch over us and he chose Gary.
    Hopefully, G-d and he will get our country back in shape

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    21 Jan 2022
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    Lit since January 21, 2022 at 1:23:42 PM

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    21 Jan 2022
    Sue and Bob Vaughn

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    21 Jan 2022
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    21 Jan 2022
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  33. Charlene Nuckols says:
    21 Jan 2022
    Til we meet again someday Gary! Praying for Peggy and your daughters. Thankful for so many special memories & lots of laughter over the years.

  34. Bruce & Sue Shaeffer lit a candle:
    21 Jan 2022
    Lit since January 21, 2022 at 1:07:48 PM

  35. Rose Sue Meltzer says:
    21 Jan 2022
    Gary was family His generosity and how he welcomed me into his home and kept inviting me back will never be forgotten
    Will remember all our conversations and the barbs we shared back and forth.
    Peggy and he were meant for each other and they raised three awesome daughters
    I was blessed to have him in my life.
    Now he is an angel watching over us and hopefully G-d and he can make our country a better place in which to live

  36. Jeffrey Kunze says:
    21 Jan 2022
    Prayers for the family while rejoicing in the victory that Mr. Schroeder now has in heaven with Jesus and all the saints that have gone before us! (1 Corinthians 15:54) He will always be Mr. Schroeder :=) It's been that way from childhood, growing up as close neighbors. What a blessing to our family through all those years. Hugs to you all!
    Jeff

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    21 Jan 2022
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  41. Debora Rohloff says:
    21 Jan 2022
    Sending you my thoughts and prayers. There will be a big void in my family’s hearts without Gary.

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