Dean L. Schroeder, 90, Clarion, died July 13, 2019 at MercyOne Medical Center in Des Moines of complications from surgery. Visitation will be Wednesday, July 17 from 4-7 p.m. at Ewing Funeral Home in Clarion. A celebration of Dean’s life will be held Saturday, Aug. 10 from 3-8 p.m. at the home of Dean’s son Dann, 1567 Tyrrell Lane, Belmond. Guests are invited to bring a story to share.
Dean was born on April 8, 1929 to Norman and Ruby (Chapman) Schroeder on the family farm near Wall Lake. He attended country school in Wall Lake Township and continued his education in Clarion.
While driving a school bus, Dean met Joan V. Brooks. They were married Aug. 10, 1946. To this union, four children were born: David, Jami, Dann and Jona.
Dean worked as a lineman at the Wright County Rural Electric Co-op for 38 years. He was also a volunteer with the Clarion Fire Department for 35 years.
Dean loved playing golf (though he was lousy at it), hunting, fishing, and damn he looked good in yellow! He was a social butterfly and loved visiting with family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings Mildred (Glenn) Loux, Velma (Howard) Peterson, Virginia (Merle) Surber, Jack (Dorothy) Schroeder, Anna Maude “Shi” (Oswald) Reiland, Doris “Dode” (Tom) Gibb, Kenny Schroeder, and Nadene Schroeder in early childhood; son-in-law Daryl McGrath; and sister-in-law Diane Schroeder.
Dean is survived by his wife of 73 years, Joan; sons David (Terri) Schroeder of Ventura and Dann (Mary) Schroeder of Belmond; daughters Jami (Roger) Carr of Holland and Jona McGrath of Clarion; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and brother Donald Schroeder of Clarion.