Gerald Schroeder, 76, of New Ulm and formerly of Hanska, passed away at Sleepy Eye Care Center Tuesday, October 9, 2012.
In recent years he encountered numerous health concerns.
Gerald Willard Schroeder was born July 11, 1936 in New Ulm to Willard and Tena (Kroening) Schroeder. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at St Paul's, attended St Paul's Lutheran. He attained his GED while serving in the US Army. He enjoyed playing football for the Armed Forces during his tour. Gerald served in the Army from 1954 to 1957, mainly stationed in France.
On September 7, 1957 Gerald married Jacqualine Arndt at Redeemer Lutheran, New Ulm and to this union 3 children were born. Jerry and his family lived on South Valley for many years until moving to rural Hanska in 1977 where they remained until returning to New Ulm in recent years. Jerry was employed at Kraft Foods, various transport companies and construction in the New Ulm area. The family also raised Vizsla hunting dogs.
Gerald began raising horses while living on Valley Street and would go on to raise, train and show Belgians. In 1966 the family began pulling the Schell's beer wagon. He was an active member of the New Ulm Battery for many years, sighting in the canon for firing. He shared a special connection with his grandkids; Angie, Matt, Kortney and Austin, and enjoyed the years and time he spent with them. For those of us who knew him well, he was a man of few words, quiet personality and yet had a legendary vocabulary, words that we will always recall.
Gerald is survived by daughters, Terrie (Darwin) Kjelshus, of New Ulm, Vickie (Duane) Piere of Winthrop, and son Jay Schroeder of Hanska; sisters, Renee Schilman of Eagan, Katherine Runck, Susan (Dennis) Jacobs, Janet (Mike) Daluege, and Judy (Jerry) Rieger of New Ulm; brother, Tom (Diane) Konakowitz of Rochester. Brothers and sisters-in-law, Elaine (Bunky) Paa, Sonja (David) Friederich, Deb (Paul) Roiger of New Ulm, Buzz (Marie) Arndt of Brooklyn Park, Diane (Tom ) Konakowitz of Rochester. Grandchildren, Angela Schwab, Matt Heil, Kortney Schroeder and Austin Schroeder. Great-grandchildren, Chloe, Hayley, Coltin and Hunter Heil. And by extended family.
Gerald was preceded in death by his parents; wife Jackie April 12, 2012; an infant brother; and brothers in law, William Arndt, Orville Schilman, Chuck Runck.
Private family services will be held at a later date.