Vernon C. Schroeder, 95, of Potter was called home by the Lord to his eternal home in heaven on Thursday, June 27, 2019.
He was born May 23, 1924 in the town of Chilton, son of the late August and Anna (Hinz) Schroeder. Vernon was a graduate of Chilton High School, class of 1942. On Oct. 7, 1950 he married Arlene Janke at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brillion. She preceded him in death on June 16, 2015 after 64 years of marriage.
Vernon owned Vern’s Standard Station in Hilbert, was a mechanic and salesman for Central Garage of Potter, was a real estate agent, and an independent insurance agent for Rural Insurance Company. He also served on the Potter Fire Department for 22 years and was a member of the Potter Community Association.
Vernon was very handy and could fix almost anything. Two of his accomplishments were building a go cart and Flintstone car which were in area parades. In his earlier years, he enjoyed golfing, bowling, and downhill skiing. We have many fond memories of family trips to Ski Brule. Vernon was also a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Rantoul and served as treasurer for many years. He also enjoyed Bible studies at church and with friends. He also was an avid card player playing sheepshead and especially liked the game of skat. In recent years, he was a faithful Brewers fan.
Survivors include his children, Dennis (Eunice) Schroeder, Susan (Ken) Pruess, and Bonnie (Doug) Wesener; seven grandchildren, Craig (Amy) Schroeder, Jamie Schroeder, Adam (Amy) Pruess, Ryan (Angela) Pruess, Jenny (Brandon) Strelow, Jeremy (Jessica) Wesener, and Nathan (Ashley) Wesener; 17 great-grandchildren, Natalie and Jackie Schroeder, Isaac, Claire and Landon Pruess, Zoey, Laney and Maxwell Pruess, Matthew, Caleb and Benjamin Strelow, Oliver and Charlotte Wesener, Tyson, Addelyn, Evan and Emersyn Wesener. He is further survived by a sister, Dorothy Labitzky, and a brother, Alois Schroeder; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Arlene; a sister, Alverna Schroeder; brother Wilmer (Arlane) Schroeder; sister Delores (Harold) Hartz; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Norman Labitzky, Milda (Joe) Dvorachek, Eldor (Evelyn) Janke, and Earl (Doloris) Janke.
A funeral service was held Monday, July 1 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Rantoul. Burial will be at the Trinity Ev. Lutheran Cemetery in Brillion.
Online memorials may be made.
The family extended its profound gratitude to the caring and compassionate staff of Heartland Hospice and Century Ridge Assisted Living.