Norman Harvey Schroeder, 97, of Horicon, died Thursday, February 18, 2010 at Marvin”s Manor Care Center in Horicon.
Visitation for Norman will be at St. Stephen Ev. Lutheran Church in Horicon on Monday, February 22, 2010 from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM. Funeral services will follow at church on Monday, beginning at 11:00 AM with Rev. Daniel Seehafer officiating. A luncheon will follow the service and then burial will take place at Roselawn Memorial Park in Madison.
Norman was born on September 24, 1912 in the town of Pigeon Falls, Trempealeau County, Wisconsin to the late John Henry Frank and Bertha Anna (Schaefer) Schroeder. As a youth he helped with his father”s Fair Oaks Dairy by cleaning milk bottles returned on the horse drawn delivery route. After living in Whitehall, the family moved to Alma Center in 1920. He graduated from Alma Center High School where he was a star player and captain on the basketball team. Norman married Edna Marie Carpenter on October 26, 1935 in Windsor, Wisconsin. He was employed as an electrician for Madison Gas and Electric Company for several years before returning to farming. The family moved to Horicon in 1949 and established the Schroeder Farm at Raasch Hill Road and County TW, specializing in Holstein dairy cattle. During his farming career, Norman practiced advanced soil conservation techniques, including contour strip cropping and organic farming, concentrating on the use of natural fertilizers. He was awarded Dodge County Soil Conservationist of the Year for his work. He was a pioneer in the use of Harvestore storage systems to preserve high quality feeds for livestock. Norman was a member of St. Stephen Ev. Lutheran Church in Horicon for 60 years and served as a deacon for many years. Norman is much loved by his family, friends, and relatives. He will be fondly remembered for his gentle kindness and light humor.
Norman is survived by his wife Edna; his brother, Russell Schroeder, of Eau Claire; his sister, Beatrice (Paul) Gromatzky, of Texas; and his children, David (Irene) Schroeder of Illinois; Caryl (David) Wolstenholme of Utah; Kenneth (Mary) Schroeder of Missouri; John (Linda) Schroeder of Texas; Russell (Kristine) Schroeder of Horicon; Arlene (John) Fitzgerald of Janesville; fifteen grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, and several brothers.
The family suggests that memorials be made in Norman Schroeder”s name to St. Stephen Ev. Lutheran Church, 505 N. Palmatory St., Horicon, WI 53032
The Murray Funeral Home in Horicon is caring for the family. To leave online condolences, for directions and other information, please visit our website at www.MurrayFH.com.
Monday, February 22nd, 2010, 11:00am
Roselawn Memorial Park-Madison