David R. Schroeder

MENDOTA – David R. Schroeder, 82, of Mendota, passed away Sept. 23, 2022, peacefully in his sleep after a lengthy illness, at Stonecroft Village Retirement Community, Mendota. 

Visitation will be held Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Mendota with services following at 11:30 a.m. with Rev. Ken Gibson officiating. Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.merrittfh.com

Born Aug. 15, 1940 in DeKalb, David was the second child of Fred and Ivy (Whiston) Schroeder. 

David is survived by Melanie, his wife of 59 years; son Matthew (Jennifer) Schroeder; daughter Roberta (Scott) Ahlberg; grandchildren Joshua (Kassandra) Schroeder, Molly Schroeder, Joseph Schroeder, Jacob Ahlberg, Samual Ahlberg, and a great-grandchild due in January. He is also survived by his brother Floyd (Jan) Schroeder and his sister Juanita Challgren. 

David was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Ralph Schroeder and his son Michael Schroeder. 

“That’s all part of it....” 

He attended DeKalb High School and started working at DeKalb Ag in his teens. While attending college at Northern Illinois, he met Melanie Reckwerdt, the love of his life, and they were married in 1963. That same year, they moved to Mendota where David first worked at the Standard Gas station. He then taught Speech and Theatre at Mendota High School from 1963 to 2000. Theatre was his favorite subject, and he directed over 40 plays and musicals at MHS. After retiring, he enjoyed his vegetable garden, traveling the world with Melanie and their friends, yearly apple trips with family, and attending his grandchildren's music and sporting events. 

David could always be found keeping himself busy in one way or another. He, like most Schroeders, never relaxed for long. Despite this he consistently found time to stay up-to-date on the events of his loved ones with his trusty date book. David found happiness in life through its simplicity and loved jokes and laughter. His smile and laugh were quite contagious. He loved baseball, mostly the Los Angeles Dodgers, and could often be seen wearing his Dodgers jacket and one of many Dodgers blue hats. He will be lovingly and laughingly remembered by his loved ones, and his “thumbs up” goodbye will live on with them. 

Memorials may be directed to the family for a donation to the Mendota Township High School at a later date. Online condolences may be left at www.merrittfh.com.


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