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Don Schroeder

Jerry Christiansen

Mega Poster
WMSTR Lifetime Member

Donald Schroeder
1936 - 2020

Donald Henry Schroeder passed away gently into the arms of his Savior on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at the Nelson County Care Center in McVille, ND.

Don was born July 18, 1936 in Glasgow, MT to parents Henry and Charlotte (Broszeit) Schroeder. Don graduated from Pembina High School in 1954. He did various odd jobs before attending North Dakota State School of Science from 1956 - 1958. He received a disability scholarship and graduated with a degree in Communications. He worked 42 years at KXJB TV as a Sound Engineer.

On September 17, 1965 he married Shirley Gallagher at Pingree Lutheran Church, Pingree, ND. They resided in ND, living in Portland, Galesburg, Harwood, and McVille. Don had many hobbies. He was a Ham Radio Operator (call letters K0FUP). He was the proud owner of a 1932 International truck that had belonged to his father. Don enjoyed restoring the truck and drove it in many parades. He was very involved with steam threshing activities at WMSTR (Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion) and Stump Lake, which was a family tradition to participate in every Labor Day weekend.

Don and Shirley joined the Gideons International in 1983. Don faithfully worked with the organizational camps in West Fargo, ND and later in Cooperstown, ND, distributing Bibles to local area hotels, schools, and universities. He was an active member in church and in choir.

Don is survived by his loving wife Shirley, McVille, three children Mary (Kenneth) Quanbeck, McVille, David (Jennifer) Schroeder, Langdon, Karen (Brent) Lougheed, Fargo, grandchildren Scott (Ellen), Jacob (fiancée, Taylor Donohue), and Meghan Quanbeck; Justin, Wesley, and Josie Schroeder; Christopher and Anne Lougheed.

Donald is preceded in death by his parents, brother Roscoe, sister Edith Schnell.

Special thanks to the staff at Nelson County Care Center for all the attentiveness and care shown to Don over the years.

Public visitation will be held Sunday, October 11, 2020 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Stanley-Iverson Funeral Home, McVille, ND. A private family service will be held at a later date. Interment will be at New Luther Valley Cemetery, rural McVille.

In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to Gideons International or Nelson County Health Services Foundation.

M Kerkvliet

WMSTR Past President
WMSTR Lifetime Member
Don was also a ham radio operator and liked to visit on 2m from time to time. K0FUP was his call... we affectionately called him "Cough Up"! He used to keep his '32 truck in the Villume building at one time... not sure where it ended up. He loved that truck and used to tell stories about his dad running it in some kind of business and he would tag along.

He also was present when a TV tower got hit by a helicopter north of Fargo. Many were killed, but Don was in the building and was spared. It changed his life forever. I had heard the story from others, but never talked to him about it.

Rest in Peace Don, and our sympathy to his family.