Richard Schroeder

Richard W. "Rick" Schroeder

Tuesday, November 21st, 1944 - Wednesday, December 25th, 2019
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Rick Schroeder, age 75, of Greendale, Wisconsin, passed away December 25, 2019.

Rick is survived by his wife Teri Clapper; son Ricky (Chrysee) Schroeder; daughter Elizabeth Schroeder; stepdaughter Teresa (Scott) Swift; stepson Chris (Christine Dettmer) Cyr; sister Barb (Tom) Knoff; nephew Scott (Randi Mastroianni) Cohen; step-grandchildren Eowyn and Ronan Swift, Alex and Ceci Cyr; other relatives and many friends. Rick was preceded in death by his parents Elizabeth “Libby” and Walt Schroeder.
Rick was born at Fort Riley, Kansas, graduated from Shorewood High School, earned his B.A. in history and economics from Ripon College, and his M.B.A. from Marquette University. He served in the US Army with the 32nd Armor Regiment, Fort Knox, Kentucky, as a Tank Unit Commander. He worked in financial planning most of his career.
Rick had a wonderful sense of humor, delighting in good chats with his friends. He was actively involved with the Shorewood High School Alumni Association and threw himself into the coordination of SHS Class of 1963 reunions throughout his adult life. Rick was a history buff and a natural teacher. He was adept at German, engaging in cultural activities and outreach to young people interested in practicing their language skills. His love of the outdoors included fishing, archery, and hunting. Passionate in his love of dogs, Rick’s beloved canine companions were Shadow and Lucky.
Rick’s family thanks the Clement J. Zablocki Veteran Affairs Medical Center (Milwaukee VA) for the love and care they provided Rick during the past two years. Memorial donations to the Milwaukee VA or Wisconsin Humane Society would be deeply appreciated.
Visitation will be held Saturday, January 25, 2020, at 2 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, January 25th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Saturday, January 25th, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Hartson Funeral Home
    11111 West Janesville Road
    Hales Corners, WI 53130-2530
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, January 25th, 2020 | 3:00pm
    Saturday, January 25th, 2020 3:00pm
    Hartson Funeral Home
    11111 West Janesville Road
    Hales Corners, WI 53130-2530
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Everett Thomas

Posted at 12:39pm
I have fond memories of Rick through the years when we were growing up. Cousin Rick, my brother Chuck Thomas and I used to romp around Grandpa Higgins' farm. We spent many Christmas eve meals out at the farm while exchanging crazy gifts and singing carols. Rick and I traded war stories about our times in the Army since I spent time at Fort Riley, KS where Rick was born and Fort Knox Kentucky where Rick served in the Armor School. I will always remember Rick as a very caring person and will cherish our friendship through the years.
Everett and Edwina Thomas

Dominik Renz

Posted at 07:26am
I had the great privilege to meet Rick during my internship in Milwaukee in 2006. Back then, I was a student of economics in my early twenties far away from home (Germany). I really enjoyed the time spent with Rick going to his shooting range, with him and his boy Ricky to movies, for a beer and especially the weekend we spent fishing in his house "up north" in Hayward.
Rick gave me an impression of how life in Wisconsin is and took a big part in making this special time such a wonderful and unforgettable experience for me.

My condolences to his family from Stuttgart, Germany
Dominik Renz

michael ansfield

Posted at 12:14am
Rick and I grew up together, really together. We shared so much in those early days in Shorewood: catching worms at night and fishing in Devils Lake in the morning, Boy Scouts, making and attempting (unsuccessfully) to fly a model airplane, making blow guns, camping (often in the backyard), puberty, girls and so much more. We lived a charmed existence in our protected community. After high school we went our separate ways and were never this close again which I regret. My condolences go out to his family and friends at this time. Unfortunately I am not able to get there for the service and share my memories in person but my thoughts will be with you.
Mickey Ansfield


Posted at 09:08am
My condolences to your family. In your sorrow may there be hope, in your thoughts may there be peace, in your heart may there be be healing. Psalm 147:73 assures us "He (Jehovah God) heals the broken hearted,He binds up our wounds". May you find comfort in God's Words at this difficult time.

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