John Schroeder was born on July 23rd, 1926 in Muscatine, Iowa
to Jack Schroeder and Irene Hickey. He lived his
childhood in Iowa until he graduated from high school and
joined the service.
the age of 17 and while the world was involved in the second
World War, John enlisted in the Army Air Forces on October
20th, 1943 in Des Moines, Iowa. He would serve overseas
and assist in the African, as well as, the European
campaign. On June 19th, 1947, he joined the
newly separated United Stated Air Force and went on
to serve until October 31st, 1965, where he retired at
the rank of Master Sergeant. His total active service
was twenty years, two months and four day. He was
presented with many awards and decorations during his service
and was described by his command as displaying “exemplary
leadership, technical competence, initiative, and devotion to
then resided in Sunnyvale, California and worked for
Microwave Systems, Inc.
He met and
married his wife, Nora, on March 17, 1969.
They then moved to Salem, Oregon, and then to Stayton, Oregon.
John and Nora were together until Nora’s passing in January
of 1991. John met Betty Boulanger several
years later and theywere married April 14, 1997. John
and Betty would do a lot of traveling, often taking advantage
of his military space A benefits to travel to Hawaii multiple
times as well as many destinations overseas.
held the position of City Recorder/Judge in Stayton for
several years. He then worked for the State of Oregon
Employment Dept for many years until his retirement in 1988.
John liked to work with his hands and was constantly involved
in hobby projects. He loved to go rock
hounding and would turn his finds into treasures. John
also enjoyed woodworking, stained glass and building
electronics. He and his grandson, Ryan, cast many lead
soldiers and built many model planes together. He taught
Ryan how to fish and they had many fishing adventures
September 21st, 2018 John passed away in Sublimity, Oregon.
He is preceded in death by his wives Nora and Betty, as
well as, his parents Jack and Irene.
is survived by his stepdaughters, Tamara (Lowell)
Heenan, and Laurel (Ralph) Connell-Perin, Grandson, Ryan (Heidi)
Toepfer, and Great-Grandson,Tristan Toepfer, and
many other grandchildren. He is also survived by his
close buddies, Paul Moran, Dennis Wimberly, and Ray. who
stuck by John until his passing.
Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, September 27th,
2018 at 2 PM at Weddle Funeral Service in Stayton, Oregon
where he will also be honored for his military service. John
will be privately placed at Willamette National Cemetery in
Portland, Oregon following the service. Arrangement
entrusted to Weddle Funeral