Carl G. Schroeder, 91, Altamont

Carl G. Schroeder, 91, of Altamont, died at 11:56 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 1, 2010, at Lutheran Care Center in Altamont.

Services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Altamont, with the Rev. Dr. James F. Wright officiating. Burial was in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Altamont, with military rites accorded by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7676 of Altamont. Visitation was held from 5-8 p.m. on Monday at Kull Funeral Chapel in Altamont and one hour before services on Tuesday at the church. Memorials: Lutheran Care Center, 702 W. Cumberland Road, or Immanuel Parish Hall Building Fund, 203 E. Division St., both of Altamont, 62411.

Mr. Schroeder was born on Oct. 12, 1918, on the family farm in Mound Township, Effingham County, the son of Edward and Martha Yagow Schroeder. He married Hilda Marie Beccue on Dec. 1, 1946, at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Altamont, with the Rev. Dr. Martin J. Naumann officiating; she died on May 3, 2006.

He was baptized and confirmed at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church and was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. He served in the Army during World War II, receiving three overseas service bars and a Silver Star. He was acquainted with Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland and Central Europe, serving as a small arms weapons mechanic receiving the rank of TEC4 before his honorable discharge on Nov. 30, 1945. He drove a milk truck for Litchfield Dairy before owning and operating Schroeder’s Dairy in Altamont for a number of years. He also owned Karl’s Ice Cream Parlor in Salem and retired from World Color Press in Effingham. In retirement, he was employed by the Altamont School District as a crossing guard.

He is survived by sons, Ronald Schroeder and his wife Tamara of Effingham, Gary Schroeder and his wife Pat of Decatur, Kevin Schroeder and his wife Kim of Vandalia, and Alan Schroeder and his wife Kaye of Towanda; daughters, Rita and her husband Tim McCollum of Charleston, and Rhonda Jane Schroeder of Mattoon; brothers, Louis “Jim” Schroeder and his wife Marilyn of DeKalb, and Arthur Schroeder of Altamont; sister-in-law, Lorene Campe-Schroeder of Altamont; 10 grandchildren; 1 great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Clarence Schroeder and his wife Marie, Albert Schroeder and his wife Hilma, Otto Schroeder and his wife Mabel, and Elvin “Butch” Schroeder; sisters, Paula and her husband Elmer Schwerdtfeger, Esther Schroeder (in infancy), Evelyn Schroeder (in her youth) and Ella Schroeder (at age 20); and sister-in-law, Hilma Bernahl Schroeder.

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