Obituary for Arlo Schroeder
Born on September 29, 1929, in Escondido, California, to Walter Otto Schroeder and Helen (nee) Schroeder. He was baptized on October 23, 1929, at Grace Lutheran Church, San Diego, CA. His Confirmation in the Christian faith was in April, 1943, at Grace Lutheran Church, Escondido, CA. His brother, Norman Milton (1927-2000), was two years older.
Interesting fact was that Paternal Grandfather was Henry Fred Schroeder, and Maternal Grandfather was also Henry Schroeder. Each of a different family originating in Germany.
Arlo and Martha Anne Kuehl were married Aug. 12, l951. The enjoyed 59 yrs. Of marriage. Children: Karen Helene 1953 (Michael Fischer); Kirk Milton, 1956 (Lonnie Johnson); Carol Rozanne, 1961 (Gary McDaniel); and Cathryn Lee 1962, (Tom Hammond). Grandchildren numbered 10: Matthew(Katie), Timothy, and Daniel Fischer; Jonathan, Jennifer, Anna and Amy McDaniel; Andrea and Robert Schroeder; and Nicholas Hammond.
Arlo was raised on an avocado ranch on “Park Hill” in Escondido.. He remembered the years of the Great Depression when his folks lost an early home and chicken ranch. He claims to have gone to school barefoot when shoes were too expensive. He learned to play and enjoy the tenor saxophone in grade and high school. Track events of running, including the mile run, were sports that he enjoyed, along with the band marching and dance band playing. He played as catcher on the church softball team with a batting average of .424. His bowling was equally impressive with one game recorded at 272.
Graduating with a B.S. in Accounting from Denver University in 1952, his years of employment were at the Los Angeles Auto Auction (10 yrs.); Courtland (Abbott)Laboratories, Pasadena, CA 18+ yrs; then he retired from the State of WA. Auditor’s Office as Examiner 13+ yrs .
Kiwanis Club of Northwest Tacoma was his community volunteer interest. He served the group as president and later as Treasurer for 18 yrs. “Young Children Priority One” involved the group in Child I.D. programs, Junior Daffodil Parade, Key Club at Wilson High, and many other activities.
The work of the church was always important. Arlo was elected to the positions of Treasurer and then Elder at First Lutheran, Temple City, CA. Zion Lutheran Church was blessed with his service as Elder, Bible Class Leader, usher and dedicated member.
Favorite Bible passages: John 3:16,17; John 14:6; 1 John 1:9 Favorite Hymns: The Church’s One Foundation is Jesus Christ her Lord; My Faith Looks Up to Thee; Holy, Holy, Holy; and Now Thank We All Our God.
Special memories were his marriage to Martha, and births of all 4 children and 10 grandchildren.
Friends were Family wherever God placed us. Always, the loving presence of the Lord was celebrated in our lives. “To God Be the Glory, Great Things He Hath Done!”