Walter Schroeder, Jr.
May 31, 1933
May 27, 2018
Walter Schroeder Jr., 84, died on May 27, 2018 at M.D. Anderson hospital in Houston. He was welcomed into heaven by his loving Father and once again reunited with his beloved, Carol. Days prior to his death he was able to speak to each of his family members and give them encouraging words for their future even as he faced his own challenges.
Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m., Thursday, May 31, 2018 at Brenham’s First Baptist Church with Pastor Marty Mosher of The Cowboy Church officiating. Burial will follow in Prairie Lea Cemetery. A visitation will be Wednesday, May 30th, from 5-7 p.m. at Brenham Memorial Chapel.
Walter Schroeder Jr. was born in Washington, Texas on May 31, 1933 to Emma (Kolkhorst) Schroeder and Walter Schroeder Sr. He was baptized on July 9, 1933 at Friedens Church in Old Washington and also confirmed there later on March 28, 1948. He was a faithful member of The Cowboy Church of Brenham. The years spent there were a great blessing to him in his faith and he truly enjoyed the various friendships he made through the church.
Walter attended and graduated from Navasota High School in 1952. During high school Walter played football, baseball and ran track. After high school he continued playing baseball at Blinn while earning an Associate’s degree in 1954. Walter went on to serve in the U.S. Army for 2 years and was stationed in Kissingen, Germany. He was honorably discharged in 1956. Upon his return he met the love of his life, Carol Mohr. They were married on November 24, 1957 and enjoyed 57 years together. Their union produced two children, Cheryl (Sherrie) Foerster and Scott Schroeder. Walter was a dairy farmer and rancher by profession which meant working from before sun up until past sundown. We were blessed to have a father that cared so much for his family and worked so hard to provide for us all.
When the time came for retirement from the dairy business in 1995, he embraced and enjoyed every minute of it. Walter was an avid sportsman who loved the outdoors. His favorite past time by far was spending time on the Brazos river fishing which he last did earlier this month. We are so thankful for the close friends he had who helped him enjoy that hobby until the very end. A close second was his passion for deer hunting of which he spent many years doing so with his son, son-in-law and grandkids. And finally, baseball! Boy did he love those Astros! If he wasn’t watching them, he was at the ballparks watching his grandsons play the game he loved so much.
Walter was a soft spoken, quiet man with a great sense of humor. He loved his family well and was a great friend to many. He will be deeply missed.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law Sherrie and Keith Foerster; son and daughter-in-law Scott and Tricia Schroeder; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Elaine and Terrence Warmke; grandchildren Dillon Foerster and daughter, Tatum, of Brenham; Jordan Foerster of College Station; Makenna, Hayden, and Evan Schroeder, all of Brenham; nephew Lance Warmke and his wife Amy; niece Kim Wellmann and her husband David; great nephews Cade Warmke, Blake Wellmann, Matthew Wellmann and his wife, Julia, and daughter Gentry; and great niece Reese Warmke, all of Brenham.
Walter was preceded in death by his wife, Carol (Mohr) Schroeder; parents Walter Schroeder Sr. and Emma (Kolkhorst) Schroeder; and mother-in-law and father-in-law, Lonnie and Minnie (Bosse) Mohr.
Serving as pallbearers will be Dillon Foerster, Evan Schroeder, Hayden Schroeder, Lance Warmke, Blake Wellmann, Matthew Wellmann, and David Wellmann. Honorary pallbearers will be his best friend, Terrence Warmke and lifelong Army friends, Hollis Gaston of Alabama and Deward Byrd of Arkansas.
Memorials may be directed to The Cowboy Church Building Fund.
Services for Walter Schroeder Jr. are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer Street Brenham, 979-836-3611. Tributes may be shared at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com.