David George Schroeder passed away from complications due to diabetes on August 21, 2021, at Frontida Assisted Living in Kimberly, Wisconsin. David was born November 1, 1939, in Appleton, Wisconsin to Clarence A. “Kelly” and Lucile (Leinwander) Schroeder. At the age of 17, he enlisted into the U.S. Army and served from 1957 until 1960. In 1961, he met his wife, Dianne E. Gustafson and they married on April 10,1965 at Zion Lutheran Church Bone Lake, Frederic, Wisconsin.
From this union 4 children were born: Deborah (Lee) DuBois, Dennis (Kelly) Schroeder, Donald (Lisa) Schroeder, and Donna (Bob) Engebos. He always bragged about his grandchildren: Cassandra and Samantha VanGompel, Ethan Pitre, and Aidan and Riley Engebos. He is survived by his wife, children and grandchildren, as well as brother James K. Schroeder, sisters Shari (Warren) Scheibe, Carol (Tim) Hedke,a sister-in-law Lois Gustafson, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Clarence and Lucile Schroeder, in-laws John and Adeline (Spangenburg) Gustafson, brothers-in-law John, David (Judy), Daniel (Jeanette), Duane, Mark Gustafson, and sister-in-law Carole (Dan) Conlon.
Dave owned his own painting company from 1968 until 1997. His favorite hobbies since childhood were hunting and fishing and oh, the stories he could tell you! His dreams came to fruition in 1993 when he purchased hunting land and built a cabin, affectionately known as “the shack,’ in Pearson, Wisconsin, which is in Langlade County. Throughout life he enjoyed judo, shooting pool, couples bowling and golf. Later in life he became quite the card shark playing at many different establishments but mostly at the Thompson Senior Center and VFW/Legion Halls. He enjoyed all the people he met there.
The celebration for Dave will be from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM on Friday, August. 27, 2021, at Wichmann Funeral Home, located at 537 N. Superior Street in Appleton. Lunch will be served while you visit.