David Thomas Schroedl entered this world on April 18, 1943, in Manitowoc, Wisconsin and passed peacefully into the next world on February 16, 2023, in Phoenix Arizona, surrounded by his wife, Judy, and two of his dearest friends.
He was the "big brother to his younger brother Thomas Joseph - better known as T.J. Ands biggest brother to his sister Nancy.
From Manitowoc, the family moved around Wisconsin as his father, Joseph worked for the Wisconsin Telephone Company and was in charge of outside plant meaning everything from the central office to the telephone poles, The family of five moved to several smaller towns in the Dairy State such as Pigeon River and Appleton. After moving back to Milwaukee, he attended Washington High School where he ran track and played baseball and graduated in 1961. Playing shortstop, he injured his left leg, an accident that played an important part in his not being sent to Vietnam in the 60s. While he passed all his tests to join the US Airforce, his leg made him eligible for "limited service only" and the Air Force service rejected him. He would still have qualified for the US Army, but a job offer at Allen Bradley, the Global Supplier of Industrial Electronics provided a career deferment.
After a year at University of Wisconsin in Madison, he met a former Washington High School classmate, Judy Trommer, and their friendship grew. They both graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and they married in Milwaukee on January 29, 1966 and while visiting Colorado in 1967, he and Judy decided they wanted to move and raise their family in the Rocky Mountains outside of Denver. While still on vacation, both were hired by the Mountain Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company. After another year or two, Dave left the telephone company and was offered a position with the Coors Company and he commuted to Golden Colorado on his Honda 250 where he worked as a technical writer for the Adolph Coors Porcelain Company.
Their first child, Heather as born in Denver in 1970 and her brother, Joseph, was born three years later. They now made their home in Evergreen Colorado a beautiful mountain town surrounded by aspen and pine and he commuted again to Golden on his Honda 250 on Interstate 70. He then moved from the Coors Porcelain Plant and changed assignments to Adolph Coors Brewing Company where he developed the Employee Taste Panels in the Quality Assurance Department. People considered it interesting that he moved from Milwaukee the Beer Capitol of the Country to Coors in Colorado. Judy's career spanned over 25 years at Mountain Bell - later known as US West, then Qwest Communications and now Century Link. During those years, his mother Eunice, father, Joseph and sister, Nancy, preceeded him in death.
Dave and Judy enjoyed traveling, First to Wisconsin where they could visit their extended family, later to Florida and California, Hawaii ,Mexico, Israel, and beyond, but their home remained in Colorado closer to his job in Golden. In 1998 Judy was offeredl a job in Arizona where she could assist planning extravagant trips for the top performers in the 14 US West states. Judy convinced Dave to head south to the desert. While Judy worked in Phoenix, Dave stayed in Colorado where he worked on enlarging their mountain house in Winter Park Colorado, a popular ski area. Hoping to spend summers in Colorado and winters in Arizona, they moved their home to Peeples Valley Arizona, a small town south of Prescott. They saved Colorado for visiting their son, Joe, his wife Kathy and their two sons, Cadence and Jade in Glacier View west of Fort Collins and their daughter Heather and her husband, John and his son, Zerek, in Page Arizona near Lake Powell. With a healthy daughter and son, Dave and Judy decided to enlarge their family in 1976 by adopting a child that didn't have a home or family, and so arrived Maria Gail, an orphan from the Philippines who joined the family. Her disabilities made her both a blessing and a challenge.
Almost retired, the Schroedls expanded their interests to include volunteering with the Wickenburg Arizona Lions Club screening vision at the local schools, teaching Sunday School at Mount Hope Assembly of God and with Dave tutoring math at Model Creek Elementary School while Judy taught Pre-K at Wickenburg Christian Academy. He also served as Treasurer for the Peeples Valley Fire Board and became active with several other community projects.
Dave was known as a good neighbor, a great father, loving husband and someone who could be called upon if anyone needed help. And most important to him, was serving as a committed Christian who honored his allegiance to Jesus Christ.
His death on February 16, 2023 came without warning. He was strong and healthy up until a few hours before closing his eyes forever. He is missed by all who knew him and will be remembered for his good humor, his devotion to his family and to his faith.
A Celebration of his life and his contributions will be remembered later this spring. One grandson, Ethan Hunter- Harrington-Smith hopes to participate in the event as he graduates with honors and a Masters Degree from Magdaburg University in Germany. This son of Joe and his college girlfriend hopes to complete his work and his teaching assignment in Germany to come to the Celebration in Arizona this spring. He also desires to acquire permission to become a German Citizen.
The goals Dave planned for his life have been achieved. He built a loving family, shared adventures with his wife in far- away places and even a raft trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon with his oldest daughter, Heather, as their guide. His life well-lived will be long remembered by those who loved. admired and who will miss him forever.