Charles Edwin Schroeder (94) of Effingham

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Published on May 25 2014 10:37 pm

Charles Edwin Schroeder, 94, of Effingham died at 9:56am Saturday, May 24, 2014 at St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, May 28, at 11:00 at St. Paul "Blue Point" Lutheran Church north of Altamont.  Visitation will be from 5 to 8pm Tuesday at Kull Funeral Chapel in Altamont.  Military burial rites will be performed at Arborcrest Memorial Park, west of Effingham by the VFW Post #7676 and Grobengieser-Fischer American Legion Post 512 at Arborcrest Memorial Park immediately following the funeral service.

Charles Edwin Franklin Schroeder was born October 29, 1919 in Effingham County near Moccasin, Illinois.  He was the fourth child born into the Christian family of Johann "John" Ernest and Wilhelmine "Minnie" Henrika (Frerichs) Schroeder. Charlie grew up with brothers Arlin and Ervan and his sisters Frieda, Bernadine and Rosina.  Charlie was baptized in St. Paul "Blue Point" Lutheran Church and confirmed his faith at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Shumway, Illinois.  He received his education from the Lutheran Church Schools. Charlie never married.  In 1947, he moved to Summit Township, Effingham County where he was a dairy and grain farmer all his life. Until five years ago he continued to drive a tractor and combine.  He was a Veteran of the United States Army being drafted to serve his country during WWII on September 28, 1942, receiving an Honorable Discharge on May 2, 1946. While serving in the Northern France Campaign he was seriously wounded on August 1, 1944 serving with Company "C" of the 110th Infantry 28th Division known as the "Bloody Buckets".  His MOS as an Automatic Rifleman (746) was to provide cover for advancing troops and to take and hold enemy positions. He was very proficient in the use of all infantry hand weapons plus trained in hand-to-hand combat and in defense against enemy vehicles and personnel. For his service he received The Purple Heart, combat Bronze Battle Star and ribbons to include European African Middle Eastern Theater, American Theater Victory, and Good Conduct.  Charlie would have fought for his country at any time should the military ever allowed him to return, even up until the day of his death. He was very proud to have served his country.  Charlie had the privilege to be an honored Veteran going to Washington, DC to see his WWII Memorial with the Central Illinois Honor Flight in 2009. He also had the privilege of receiving a value of service from the French government during a ceremony in Springfield, Illinois on August 24, 2004.  He was a member of St. Paul "Blue Point" Lutheran Church, VFW Post #7676 Altamont, where he served a number of years as Chaplain and other offices, American Legion Post #120 Effingham and was a very active bowler. For many years Charlie looked after and recorded the necessary information for the WXEF radio tower.

Memorials may be directed to the Lutheran Care Center, St. Paul "Blue Point" Lutheran Church and or the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight.

He is survived by His: 2-Sister's-in-law: Mrs. Arlin (Bernice) Schroeder of Effingham, Illinois and Mrs. Ervan (Lucille) Schroeder of Altamont, Illinois...2-Nephews: Jim (wife, Kathy) Schroeder of Effingham, Illinois and Donald (wife, Pam) Schroeder of Phoenix, Arizona...7-Nieces: Janice Pike of Watson, Illinois, Sherry (husband, Steve) Gorospe of Cameron Park, California, Erlene (husband, David) Russell of LeRoy, Illinois, Bonita (husband, Robert) Ellis of Greenview, Illinois, Susan (husband, Jeff) DeAmann of Robinson, Illinois, Sandy (husband, Charles) Bennett of Mountain Home, Arkansas and Ruth Smith...Special Great-Nephew Erik Pike...Special Great-Nieces: Jill Pike and LeAnn (Schroeder) Hardiek...Special Great-Great Nephews: Aiden and Will Hardiek and Corbyn Pike...and many other great Nephews and Nieces.

He was preceded in death by his Parents: Johann (John) Ernest Schroeder and Wilhelmine (Minnie)Frerichs-Schroeder...2-Brothers:Arlin Schroeder and Ervan Schroeder...3-Sisters:Frieda and husband Orville, Bernadine and her husband Carl Wallner and Rosina and her husband Delmar Klitzing and a sibling in infancy.