Longtime Kenai resident James (Jim) W. Schroeder died from heart disease Saturday, May 24, 2003, at his home in Kenai. He was 67.
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 31 at the American Legion Post No. 20 in Kenai. Pastor Jon Walters of Kenai's United Methodist Church of the New Covenant will officiate. A reception will follow the services at the post. Interment will be in the Kenai City Cemetery.
Mr. Schroeder was born Oct. 10, 1935, in Appleton, Wis. He moved to Eielson in 1952 and graduated from Eielson High School in 1955. He lived in Fairbanks, Anchorage and Cold Bay before making Kenai his home in 1968. He worked for Unocal for 23 years and was nicknamed "The Hammer" by the men on his crew. He retired from Unocal as shift supervisor in 1992. He was a powerhouse operator at Eielson in 1960, at Wildwood in 1963, at Fort Richardson from 1964 to 1967 and in Cold Bay from 1967 to 1968. He also served in the U.S. Army from 1958 to 1960 in Korea. He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 20, AmVets No. 4, Life Charter member of the Elks Lodge No. 2425 and the Moose Lodge No. 1942. He loved taking care of his yard and would rather fish than eat.
"Jim was a great friend who loved to play cards with his buddies and to fish hours on end. Jim loved spending time with his granddaughter, Randi, fishing, camping and teaching her to make the best out of any situation that comes along. Not everyone liked him, but everyone respected him. Those who liked him loved him. A loving father, grandfather and wonderful companion, he is greatly loved and missed by many," his family wrote.
Jim was preceded in death by his father, Milton Schroeder; his son, Stacey Schroeder; and close friends, Rufus and Hannah.
He is survived by his companion, Lonnie Kay Brooks of Kenai; son, Steve Schroeder of Anchorage; mother, Ramona Groomes of Kenai; granddaughter, Randi Lynn, and her children, Taylor and Tyler, all of Anchorage; grandson, Nicholas, stationed on the USS Abraham Lincoln; brother, William Nee of Ann Arbor, Mich.; former wife, Lila Mae Schroeder of Kenai; and special friends, John Trippe, John Coon, George Pitsilionis, Jack Adams and all of his card playing buddies.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of the Central Peninsula, 312 Tyee Street No. 3, Soldotna, AK 99669 or to the Kenai City Cemetery, 210 Fidalgo, Kenai, AK 99611.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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