OMAHA — Robert G. Schroeder, 91, of Fremont, formerly of Kearney, died Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, in Omaha.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at First Lutheran Church in Fremont with the Rev. Marty Tollefson officiating. Burial will be at Scribner Cemetery with military honors by Scribner American Legion Post 121.
Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Monday at Ludvigsen Mortuary Chapel in Fremont with the family present from 5-7 p.m.
He passed away with his wife and daughter at his side. He was born on Sept. 27, 1925, in Cuming County to Gustav and Ella (Clausen) Schroeder. He attended rural school and was a graduate of Scribner High School, class of 1943. Bob served his country by enlisting in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1946-1949. He then entered the plumbing business with his uncle.
Bob married Doris Johnson in 1950 and moved briefly to North Platte. They later settled in Kearney to start a family and he became a mechanical job superintendent for Anderson Bros. He led hospital projects from Imperial to Fremont, including schools, dormitories and Bruner Hall of Science at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
In 1976, Bob started his own small contracting business named Independent Plumbing and Heating. Being self-employed, Bob felt “free at last.” He specialized in apartment and smaller commercial buildings. He was the mechanical contractor on the Glenwood School. In 1990, he semiretired but could never give up his work completely.
He was conscientious and took great pride in this work. He was a faithful and devoted husband and father. Bob’s favorite pastime was hunting or fishing with his neighbor Ben Pahl and his son on the Platte River. The family took many camping trips to Colorado and Wyoming to hike, fish and enjoy the outdoors. They spent many happy hours hunting geese, ducks, turkey and pheasant. He introduced his young son to hunting by carrying him piggyback across the water to the duck blind.
Bob loved animals. His favorite hunting dog was a black lab named Sal. He worked teams of horses as a young man on the farm. He often came home from grade school to hitch up a team to mow hay. He also broke horses and enjoyed riding. When his daughter and son’s grandparents gave them a Shetland pony one Christmas, Bob taught them to ride and built a pony cart.
Bob was a faithful church member his entire life. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church (Cuming County line) near Scribner. As a member of First Lutheran Church in Kearney, he served on the church council and various committees. He served as vice chairman of the Building Committee when the church was built on Avenue G. He laid the cornerstone.
Bob took great pride in his church and watched over it. On the day of the church’s very hot July dedication day, Bob was found on the roof in his suit and tie adjusting the air conditioning. He rarely missed attending a Sunday service and was often found in the boiler room checking things over before services started.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Ella and Gustav Schroeder; two brothers, Wayne and Ray; and two sisters, Corrine and Dorothy.
Bob is survived by his wife, Doris; daughter, Barbara Schroeder of Omaha; and son, Scott Schroeder and wife Cindy Schroeder of Missoula, Mont., and their daughters, Madison of Missoula and Macey and husband Tony Incontro of San Francisco.
Thank you to everyone — family members, relatives and friends — who have been part of our lives and memories over the many years.
Lunch will follow his services.
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