Obituary: Norman Schroeder


MIDLAND — Norman waited patiently for the Lord. Jesus heard his cry after a long battle with Leukemia for the past several years. Norman Schroeder age 86, died Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at the MidMichigan Medical Center. He was born May 13, 1924, son of the late Herbert and Emma (Frantz) Schroeder and raised by his father and step-mother, Esther (Schultz) Schroeder in Reed City, MI; where he was also educated. He attended Trinity Lutheran School and graduated from the Reed City High School. He was an apprentice printer for the Osceola County Herald in the city. During World War II, Norman served with the U. S. Army as an Infantryman and Messenger in the European Theater of Operations. He was awarded the Purple Heart, American Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge with 4 Bronze Stars citing the Campaigns of Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes, Africa and Middle Eastern Operations, including the Battle of the Bulge. He also received his Overseas Bar. Norm was a life member of the V.F.W. and D.A.V. where he acted as their bugler. He married the former Betty J. Ellis of Celina, OH on October 15, 1950 in Reed City. In 1951 they moved to Midland where Norm worked for The Dow Chemical Company for over thirty years. He retired from the Styron Department in 1982. He was a member of the St. John’s Lutheran Church for over 50 years, active in his church in his early years, and was author of his family genealogy book. His life’s treasures were his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed the family fishing trips to Canada when they were growing up; and later attended most of their sports activities.

Surviving is his loving wife, Betty, whom he shared over 60 wonderful and happy years; one daughter Norma (Richard) Bellows of Spring, Texas, one son Steven (Sally) Schroeder of Midland; Grandchildren: Teresa (Bob) Clever, Elisa (Eric) Vadla of Texas, Matthew (Tonya) Schroeder of Florida, Melissa, Kyle, and Megan Schroeder of Kalamazoo. Great-grandchildren: Robert and Ryan Clever, Lance and Brent Vadla of Texas. Norman was also survived by four step-grandchildren: Jodee Russell, Sarah (Jeremy) Thompson, Joshua Bick and Sam (Lori) Bick; and by nine step-great grandchildren: Ameleigha, Austin, Dallas, Collin, Kendall, Alivia, Brady, Leah and Addelyn. Also surviving is his sister Luella Witten of Midland, several nephews and nieces, two special boys, Bart and Bryan Thurston of Midland; and many other special caring and loving friends. In addition to his parents and step-mother, Norman was predeceased by a brother Raymond. Norman left this world at the Lord’s call to receive the Promise He has made for us all.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 19, 2011 from the St. John’s Lutheran Church, 505 E. Carpenter St., Midland. Rev. Daniel A. Kempin officiated with graveside committal services to follow in the Midland Cemetery. Full Military Honors will be presented by the U. S. Army National Guard and the Midland Area Veterans. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider the St. John’s Lutheran Church–Kitchen Fund, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Michigan Chapter, 1421 E. 12 mile Rd., Building A, Madison Heights, Mi. 48071 or the donor’s favorite charity in Norm’s memory.

Norman’s family would like to thank the staff at Tendercare and MidMichigan Medical Center for their love and care during his stay with them.