Donald Rhoades Schroeder 85 years old of Estes Park, Colorado, formerly of Ste. Genevieve, died Friday, September 29, 2017 at his residence.
He was born on March 14, 1932 in Saint Louis, Missouri
Preceded in Death By:
Parents - Edward and Helen (Rhoades) Schroeder
He grew up in Glendale, Webster Groves, and Kirkwood
He earned his Library Teaching Certificate from Maryville College in St. Louis, a M.A. in Business from Washington University, a M. A. + 30 from St. Louis University, both in St. Louis and a B. A. in Geology from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
While at Colorado University he joined the Air Force R.O.T.C. and proudly went on to serve his country in the Air Force as a commissioned officer spending two years at Pusan, Korea attaining the rank of Captain before being honorably discharged from active duty at Floyd Bennett Air Base in Brooklyn, New York.
Following his service he remained in New York and worked in television as a writer for the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) for two years. Mr. Schroeder then returned to Kirkwood, and became the Creative Director of the Men's and Children's Division of Brown Shoe Company and also taught High School Business and Advertising in the Kirkwood and Lindbergh School Districts.
He later moved from Kirkwood to Ste. Genevieve to enjoy the beauty, culture, and history of the "oldest city West of the Mississippi" and there he purchased a home overlooking the Mississippi River and the town of Ste. Genevieve. In that same year he purchased a mountain home in Estes Park, Colorado where he was residing at the time of his passing.
He enjoyed travelling and did so extensively throughout the world. His favorite place to visit was the Island of Kauai, in the Hawaiian Islands, where he spent four months each summer over a period of five years.
He was generous to a fault and gave often to his many favorite charities, including: The American Indian Graduate Center, American Council of the Blind, Child's Fund International, Salvation Army, the Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Foundation, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Shriner's Hospital for Children, the College of the Ozarks, National Camps for Blind Children, and Project Hope, to any of which, memorials may be made, if so desired.
He was raised in the Lutheran faith, but became a member of the Roman Catholic Church at St. Helen Catholic Church in Vero Beach, Florida on April 19, 2003. At the time of his death, he was a member of Our Lady of the Mountain Catholic Church of Estes Park, Colorado and a former long-time member of the Church of Ste. Genevieve in Ste. Genevieve.
Visitation will be Friday, October 13, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Basler Funeral Home, 685 Center Drive, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63070.
A funeral service will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Basler Funeral Home. Interment services, with full military honors, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Mount Hope Cemetery in Belleville, IL.
Online condolences can be left at www.baslerfuneralhome.com