Eugene Fred Schroeder passed away on Thursday, September 28, 2017, at Twilight Acres Nursing Home in Wall Lake, IA. Gene was born on July 14, 1923, to Edward J. and Helen Hensel Schroeder at the old hotel on the top of the hill south of Lake View where his older brother Edward was living. This old hotel became famous when Jesse James stayed there. Gene and his younger brother Lorne got a spanking for smoking a cigarette behind the shed.
When he was a senior in high school at Lake View he played trumpet for the dedication of Chief Blackhawk. He graduated from Lake View Public School in 1941. Following graduation he joined the United States Air Force and was called to play in the Air Force Band, playing all over the United States, therefore he did not complete basic training. He was deployed to France, Italy, Germany and North Africa. He earned the rank of CPL and was awarded the Victory Medal, American Theater Ribbon, European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon, 2 Overseas Service Bars, and the Good Conduct Medal. Gene was honorably discharged April 10, 1946. He spent most of his time in the military playing the trumpet, and being a humble person, Gene claims his time served was mainly behind a desk rather than out being a soldier.
After being discharged from the military, Gene helped farm the Schroeder family farm and was awarded the Century Farm Award by the Iowa Department of Agriculture at the Iowa State Fair in 2017. To ensure the Schroeder Century Farm continues, Gene’s great-nephew Jeremy will be farming the home place. He loved carpentry and built his house in Lake View in 1954 and much of their furniture. Gene was honored with a “Boat Builder” award. He enjoyed building sail boats, canoes, and motor boats. He could remember the time he and his father walked across Black Hawk Lake during the drought to Ice House Point. He was a loving and devoted husband, brother and uncle. He enjoyed spending time with all his nieces and nephews.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Verla Mae Arends, (married on July 22, 1954); many nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.