Clayton Dale Schroeder, age 88, of Laurel, Nebraska died Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at Hillcrest Care Center in Laurel.
Funeral services are 10:30 AM, on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Laurel with Pastor William Engebretsen officiating. Burial will be in the Laurel Cemetery. Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, on Friday, August 22 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Laurel with a time of remembrance at 7:00 PM. Visitation resumes one hour prior to the funeral at church. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington, Nebraska.
Pallbearers are his grandsons and honorary pallbearers are his granddaughters.
Clayton was born October 7, 1925 in Allen, NE to George and Rena (Paul) Schroeder. At the age of 3, he moved with his family to a ranch at Thedford, Nebraska which was homesteaded by his grandfather, W.D. Paul. In 1935, they moved to a farm by Concord, NE and Clayton graduated from Concord High School in 1942. On November 22, 1946, he married Darlene Wacker of Laurel. Clayton was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith on March 31, 1947. They farmed in the Laurel-Concord area for many years until he retired and moved into Laurel in 1996. Clayton loved going to cattle sales, trips to the sandhills of Nebraska and going on drives with Darlene. He enjoyed horses, playing cards and following his children's and grandchildren's activities and sporting events.
Clayton is survived by his wife of 67 years, Darlene Schroeder of Laurel; seven children: Connie (Dave) Schutte of Laurel, John (Sally) Schroeder of Yankton, SD, Jerry (Diane) Schroeder of Laurel, Jim (Susan) Schroeder of Laurel, George (Kris) Schroeder of Belden, NE; Susan (Jerry) Richards of Fremont, NE and Lisa (Randy) Papenhausen of Coleridge, NE; 30 grandchildren: Julie (Tim) Schmidt, John (Stacie) Schutte, Kyle (Stephanie) Schutte, Lana (Jake) Bartos, Ben (Erin) Schroeder, Clayton (Kelly) Schroeder, Holly (Paul) Wintz, Leslie (Justin) Noehren, Seth Schroeder, Shelby (Colin) Churchill, Holli (Bennie) Surber, Jennifer and Kari Schroeder, Lukas, Timothy, Mindee and Adam Schroeder, Rebecca (Jason) Carr, Laurie Schroeder, Matthew (Melyssa) Schroeder, Emily (Dustin) Jones, Spencer, Alec, McCaffrey and Nathan (Emily) Richards, Christina (Troy) Nelson, Kendra (John) Meuret, Rachel (Nick) Hanson, Lindsay (Ryan) Schmuecker, and Marcus (Mandy) Papenhausen; 45 great grandchildren; one sister, Bonnie Haakenstad of Norfolk; two sisters-in-law, Virginia Schroeder of Fremont and Susy Wacker of Laurel; and many nieces and nephews.
Clayton was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Cleo Schroeder; and three brothers-in-law: Sydney Haakenstad, Darryl (Ruth) Wacker and Kenneth Wacker.
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Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Schroeder family. Clayton was a special guy, and know he will be missed by family and friends. May God grant you all peace.
Linda & Daryle Milbrath
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family with the loss of your loved one. I always enjoyed Clayton
My sincere Christian sympathy to each member of the family. You
have been and will continue in my prayers as you grieve the passing of
Clayton and yet celebrate the faith created in Him by the Holy Spirit and
the sharing of that faith with each of you. May God grant you comfort and
I can't help but think about the words of Colossians 3:15 at a time like this: "Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And to be thankful." Your Family is part of my "real family" and at a time like this, we mourn with your family, but we know the peace that passes all understanding. I feel honored to have known Clayton, and he was a real farmer, just like my dad...and the two of them are now waiting for us in our REAL HOME. Please know how much we love your family, as you have been such an encouragement to our family over the years. We extend our love and sympathy to all of the Schroeder Family....and especially to Darlene at the loss of her partner. I look forward to seeing Clayton when we get to our real home. He's waiting for us....Old Missionary Gary, who loves your family....
Gary W. Thies
Dear Darlene and the entire Schroeder family: My deepest sympathy to you at the loss of Clayton. Having spent the better part of three summers helping with all the farm work, I spent a great deal of time with Clayton. He taught me how to operate all the farm equipment. And, I was never hollered at when I made a dumb mistake! After supper, he always had time to ''play catch'. I wanted to be with you tomorrow but time and distance would not allow. However, my thoughts and prayers will be. God Bless Everyone!
Darlene Schroeder and family,
We were sorry to hear of Clayton's passing. Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this time.
You will all miss him but he is in God's hands now. May God give you comfort in knowing that.
Dwaine and Carol Rethwisch
Sending thoughts and prayers to you all. In your time of sadness, let the good memories comfort you. What is in our heart is never gone. God Bless
Diane M. Baker
Dear Jim and all of Clayton's family....kids....grand kids....great kids. I pray that God will give you comfort in your time of sorrow. I also pray for Christ's Joy to fill your heart as you celebrate his faith. Christ's Peace.
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