CAMBRIDGE, Nebraska -- Floyd A. "Red" Schroeder, 86, died Friday (Nov. 5, 2010), at Tri Valley Health Systems Hospital in Cambridge.
He was born July 17, 1924, near Oxford, Nebraska, on the family farm, to William Otto and Katie Belle (Tammen) Schroeder. He attended country school, later attending school in Oxford and graduating from Oxford High School.
Floyd joined the U.S. Army and was trained as an airplane and engine mechanic. He joined the service in April of 1945 serving in the Asian Pacific Theatre. He was discharged from the U.S. Army in November of 1946. He returned home to the farm.
On March 12, 1948, he was united in marriage to Wanda Hean Bushnell in Oxford. Wanda preceded Floyd in death on Feb. 26, 1989.
Floyd continued to farm, but started to drive transport truck, hauling various loads throughout the state.
He was a member of the St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Cambridge, American Legion of Oxford, and a former Lions Club member. He was a retired member of the Cambridge Fire Department, serving as both fireman and EMT.
Family was important to Floyd and Wanda. Two special people entered their lives; a cousin came to live with the couple at the age of 10, Mike Hotchkiss, who they raised as a member of the family, and in the summer, a cousin, Dale Donnelly came to live and help on the farm.
Floyd and Wanda enjoyed traveling the country, sight seeing almost all of the states. He continued to travel after her death with a special friend, Elaine Potts. They would winter in Corpus Christi, Texas. Floyd liked to be in the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and boating.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Wanda Jean; daughter, Marcia; sister, Geraldine and husband, Floyd "Butch" Malone; and special friend, Elaine Potts.
He is survived by his two daughters, Sandi and husband, Gary Groshong of Cambridge, and Karen and husband, Rocky Dockweiler of Oconto, Nebraska; two special "sons," Mike and wife, Dee Hotchkiss of Cambridge; and Dale Donnelly of Irving, Texas; brother, Ralph Schroeder of Alma, Nebraska; three sisters, Charlotte and husband, Wes Farr of Cambridge; Evelyn Fetherstone of Bayard, Nebraska, and Dorothy Martin of Greeley, Colorado; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services are Wednesday, 11 a.m., at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Cambridge with Pastor David Feddern officiating. Interment is Wednesday, 3 p.m., in the Oxford Cemetery. Military Committal is at graveside.
Memorials may be given to Tri Valley Medical Foundation, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, or to the Cambridge Fire Department.
Friends may leave condolences online at lockenour.com.
Lockenour-Jones Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.