CORVALLIS — Arthur P. Schroeder, Sr., of Corvallis and Fall Creek, Wisconsin, was brought home to Jesus on Dec. 12, 2018, at the Discovery Assisted Living Center in Hamilton, surrounded by family and caring staff.
He was born March 27, 1924, to the late Erwin and Martha Schroeder. Also, preceding him in death were Ervie (Marie) Schroeder of Racine, Wisconsin and grandson, Matthew J. Barber. Art was born and raised in Racine, Wisconsin, and graduated from Racine Horleck High School after which he joined the Navy. He served in WWII from 1943–1946 and Korea from 1951 – 1952 aboard the troop transport ship USS Henrico APA45 in the Pacific as an electrician mate 2. He received various medals and a Presidential Unit Citation. In 1945, he returned to Black River Falls, built a cabin in Hatfield, Wisconsin and started work at the Black River Falls Ranger Station until he became a game warden in 1954.
He married the love of his life, Marguerite Hediger, in June 1950 and moved to Neilsville, Wisconsin; later transferring to Milwaukee and family to Fall Creek, Wisconsin, where he retired after serving many years as a conservation warden in law enforcement and DNR. In 1992, they relocated to Corvallis, a lifelong dream achieved. Together Art and Meg raised four children: Dawn, Pam, Denise, and Arty, 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Art enjoyed raising Herefords and crops, fished in Wisconsin, Canada and Alaska and sold Christmas trees in Texas with family. He traveled the U.S., playing the accordion and telling warden and war stories with friends and old timers. For more pictures, information, warden stories and life events got to the Daly-Leach Chapel Website (www.dalyleachchapel.com) to sign the registry and enjoy his life.
A spring memorial and celebration of life / polka bratfest will be held in Montana tentatively on Memorial Day weekend and in Wisconsin at a date to be announced. All letters and cards should be sent to Meg Schroeder, P.O. Box 236, Corvallis, MT 59828.