Goessel – LaVern Allen Schroeder, 87, died November 7, 2019 at Asbury Park in Newton. He was born August 15, 1932 to Alvin and Marie (Schmidt) Schroeder in Goessel. He married Jane Frey September 19, 1953 in Goessel. Survivors include: sons, Mark (Diane) Schroeder of Skiatook, Oklahoma, Mike (Julia) Schroeder of Cincinnati, Ohio, Craig (Shelley) Schroeder of Wichita; daughter, Amy (DeWayne) Schroeder Hiebert of Middletown, Connecticut; sister, Hilma Schroeder of Mesa, Arizona; 8 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by his wife Jane Schroeder in 2018. A Time to Gather and Celebrate the life of LaVern Schroeder 2:30 p.m. Sunday, November 10, 2019 at Alexanderwohl Church Fellowhip Hall. Visitation will be from 1:30 until service time at the Church on Sunday. Interment in Alexanderwohl Church cemetery on Sunday. Memorials to the Church in care of Jost Funeral Home P.O. Box 266 Hillsboro, KS 67063. Online condolences at www.jostfuneralhome.com
Life Sketch Taken from the Funeral Bulletin
LaVern A. Schroeder
At Alvin and Marie Schroeder’s 50th wedding annivesary they wrote about their son Vern “In 1932 the family became complete with a cheerful little boy – that got lots of attention from the whole family”. This must have been true. His (surviving) sister Hilma still remembers “I stayed home with LaVern a few years more than I should have because I loved him so much”. The depression years were tough. Food was simple. Dad was a fan of the white lard cookies, it was said “they made him very happy”. They worked hard making their own cereal from roasted wheat – still Alvin took the family to Newton on Saturday nights for Ice Cream in the horse and buggy.
In September, 1953, LaVern married Jane Frey of Goessel. He left soon after for the service. After being stationed in Germany, he later graduated from Wichita State University with an engineering degree. They moved into a trailor – on the farm where Dad and Mom lived until his passing. Shortly after, moving to a small house just west of Wesley Hospital where Mark and Mike (twins) were born in 1960. Dad worked as a engineer at Boeing and Mom worked as an executive assistant for a General there.
In 1962 Craig was born in KC Mo. Making him our original Chiefs fan today.
In 1963 Dad got a plant managers job at a rubber plant on the East Coast and we moved to Belvedere, NJ. Mike & Mark remember picking up Dad at the rubber plant in NJ where we frequently got sick from the smell because rubber plants smelled horrendous – even in NJ. We were all happy when he got a better smelling job running plastic plants instead and moved to Kinnelon, NJ. Everyone was in a better mood now and Amy was born in 1966.
Mom was talented and courageous – She commuted into NYC to showcase her talents, grabbing singing jobs with choirs at Carnegie Hall and ultimately as a soloist. Dad fondly remembers indulging in the arts, shuffling Mom on dates into the city for Theater and Music but… said he had to park on the NJ side and skipped dinner because it was not affordable for them raising 4 kids.
Jane considered the boys were growing up too fast and insisted we move back to Goessel, where everyone was allowed to use their working money to purchase mini-bikes for the boys, horses for Amy – appeasing the transition.
Dad loved cars. On road trips it was his game to guess a car’s make and model just from the greatest distance…and he always won. He bought his beloved 1970 Cord automobile, a ‘50’s Mercedes and saved a ‘63 Chrysler Imperial on blocks because it was his passion.
Meanwhile, he was our mentor, father, professional and spiritual guide to his children and grandchildren. Taking many trips on his own – to watch over his flock, whether it was building a tree-house, making sure grandkids were doing their reading and homework. Never shy on voicing his own opinion and all the while indulging us in mirth and merriment.