|Craig D. Schroeder|
|January 28, 1956 - July 19, 2012|
|Chapel Hill, North Carolina|
|Visitation: 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday July 24, 2012 at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 3030 7th Ave., Rock Island, Ill.|
|Mass of Christian Burial: 10:00 a.m. Wednesday July 25, 2012 at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 31st Ave. and 24th St., Rock Island, Ill.|
|Vigil Service: 4:00 p.m. Tuesday July 24, 2011 at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 3030 7th Ave., Rock Island, Ill.|
|Interment: Wednesday July 25, 2012 at Calvary Mausoleum, Rock Island, Ill. |
|Craig D. Schroeder, 56, of Chapel Hill, N.C., formerly of Davenport, passed away Thursday, July 19, 2012 at University of North Carolina Hospital, Chapel Hill due to complications of a brain tumor.|
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Pius X Catholic Church, Rock Island, Ill. Entombment will be in the Calvary Mausoleum, Rock Island. Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 3030 7th Ave., Rock Island, where a Christian wake service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Memorials may be made to The David Toms Foundation or to The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University.
Craig was born on January 28, 1956 in Des Moines, Iowa, a son of Dalles and Jean Beck Schroeder. He married Susan M. Tilp on June 3, 1978 in Rock Island.
He was a 1978 graduate of Iowa State University, where he played baseball. Craig later received his Master’s degree from Arizona State. He was a dedicated employee of John Deere for 34 years and was Director of Supply Management at the Turf and Utility Division in Cary, N.C.
Craig was a loving husband and father, as well as an avid golfer, fisherman, and St. Louis Cardinal fan. He had a great passion for coaching and influenced many young lives.
Survivors include his wife, Susan; sons and daughter-in-law, Ben Schroeder, High Point, N.C., and Jason and Katie Schroeder, Raleigh, N.C.; his father, Dalles Schroeder, Des Moines; brother and sister-in-law, Mark and Jan Schroeder, Philadelphia, Penn.; sister and brother-in-law, Amy and Mike Wright, Des Moines; two nieces; and two nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Jean.
Online condolences may be left at www. wheelanpressly.com.
Craig was always an encouragement to me..in health and in sickness. I'm a better person because I knew Craig. I'm praying for Sue, Ben, and Jason during this time.
-- Debora R Murphy
Craig was all about enjoying life. I wish I could have 1 more pheasant hunt or fishing trip with him, but I know he is already on a great journey and waiting for us to join him. Jon
-- Jon Tilp
My sympathy, thoughts, and prayers to your family for your loss.
-- Joanie Westrom Wilson
I am leaving for Brazil on a business trip later this PM, and won’t be in town for any of this. Knowing Craig and his devotion to John Deere for so many years, he would understand why I am not there.
I never met any of his family, so I wouldn’t be of much consolation for them at the arrangements anyway…I said my farewell to Craig at Tom’s a few weeks ago when we fished together, and our times working, laughing, golfing, etc. together over the years won’t soon be forgotten. I recall pretty clearly the day (circa 1995) when he first called on me and my team at Davenport as the John Deere Foundry “salesperson” assigned to the Davenport account…he was in a pretty tough role, but he figured out a way to handle it with both enthusiasm and professionalism. When he eventually moved into Supply Management and we worked even more closely together, both of those qualities, combined with his undying and laser-like focus on the business of procurement and customer satisfaction, brought out the best in him. It was a pleasure to work with him, but more importantly, it was a privilege to be around him.
My thoughts and prayers are with all who loved and knew Craig in this time.
-- Mark Burton
Sue and family, our entire family wants to convey to you our deepest sympathy on Craig's death. We have the very fondest memories of Craig coaching Adam and Jason's AAU team. I can still hear him yelling "wake up Adam" when they were playing early morning games. He let the boys be boys and had a lot of fun with them, yet he expected them to work hard - obviouly good lessons taught to them for their future years when you see what fine young men they have turned out to be. Amanda showed me a picture of Craig grilling in the rain while she held her 'little girl' umbrella over his head. Craig has gone on to a better place, but we will all have great memories of him for the rest of our lives.
-- Charles and Judy Hutchison
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
-- Bruce, Sharon and Family Bartels
I worked with Craig a number of years and he was always professional and plesant to deal with. He will surely be missed. I know I will miss him. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family...God Bless
-- Phil Roberts
Craig's passion for business and life was huge - and very contagious. Regardless of difficulty of challenge - you just had fun tackling it when working with Craig. My prayers go out to his family - as he will be missed dearly.
-- Dave Smith
I thought I knew how to keep a positive outlook on life in difficult circumstances, until I talked with Craig after his diagnosis. Positive and courageous don't begin to describe his outlook.
Craig gave me great advice at work as well, but it's his outlook on life that was truly motivating and will stay with me forever.
The lasting impact he had in the short time I knew him is a testament to Craig.
-- Brian Lees
Craig was one of my favorite people… he demonstrated the “How” before it was made an initiative by Sam. Craig was an inspirational leader who loved people and was a great friend to many… he got results because of that style and not through brute force and directness. What a loss to his family, friends, and Deere.
-- Paul Hagner
Sue and family ~ I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. May God give you strength to get through the rough road ahead. Craig was a wonderful person. God Bless You!!
-- Mimi Seibert
Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
-- Diane Vana
Craig and Sue have been dear friends to my parents and apart of our family for as long as I can remember. I feel so blessed that in the past few years the four of them have had some amazing journeys together. Craig will truly be missed and remembered: he impacted our lives and many others in such a positive way. Our prayers and thoughts are with Sue and the boys and those who loved and knew Craig.
-- Rachel DeDoncker Chedester
May your wonderful memories give you peace in your hearts.
-- Jack and Becky Pagett
My deepest sympathy to you Susan. I remember you as a very sun-burned bride and, of course, as a co-worker in Group Claims. My husband died in September of 1978 at age 59 so I can truly relate to your great loss at such an early age.
-- Marie Norlen
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. We remember fondly the times we spent together on 32nd Avenue, baseball, picnics in the backyard, and of our children playing together. We can only hope that these memories will help remember the wonderful times of Craig's life.
-- Judi and Donn Stroud (Scottsdale, Az)
We are so sorry to hear about Craig's death. We have many fond memories of our good times together. May God bless you and your family.
-- Carol Rush
I only knew Craig for a short time, but he was great to know and work with - dedicated, positive, funny - he will be greatly missed. Thoughts and prayers for his family.
-- Lynette Sapienza
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
-- David and Johnnie Johnson
Sue -- My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. Remember that the support of friends and family is crucial now. Take care of yourself.
Debbie Nowack Olson
Class of 1977 -- Alleman High School
-- Debbie Nowack Olson
Please know our thoughts and prayers are with each one of you. Kindly accept our deepest condolences.
-- Diana (Dee) Mitton
Craig will be missed by all of us who worked with him at John Deere. He was truly "one of the good guys". May God bless his family.
-- Dennis Scrutchfield
Craig was just a wonderful guy and positive influence. What a great brother in law. I remember in our younger days diving for sand dollars on Siesta Key. Craig had a ball! We also were fishing in the surf and the fish had schooled up around us. He just loved fishing and standing in the school of fish was really cool. He just loved life, no matter what he was doing. We will miss him greatly and the world is a little empty without him.
-- Timothy Tilp
We are so sorry to hear about Craig. May your memories bring comfort to you all.
Cousins Chuck and Teresa Beck
-- Chuck and Teresa beck
My sympathy to Sue and the family. I will be praying for Craig and to him for all of you. God bless you all, Sister J.T.
-- Sister J.T.(Judith Terese McNulty,BVM)
Worked for Craig as an administrative assistant during the short time he was at Harvester Works. He was loved and admired by so many for his enthusiasm, leadership and support. His love for his family was evident. Praying for God to comfort you and give you strength. Psalm 57:1
-- Connie White
We hope that your tears of sorrow are soon replaced by smiles and great thoughts of time spent with Craig/Dad.
God Bless and help you in this time of need.
Always, Reyes Family
(Mavericks, Assumption, Alleman, Legion)
-- Phil, Chris, Russell & Heidi Reyes
Positive energy & a zest for life...that's Craig Schroeder! I'm so blessed to have known him. My best memory was my visit to Germany...zipping down the autoban, laughing & enjoying wine @ their townhouse. His dedication to his marriage & JohnDeere were unmistakable- not to mention his love for Sue,Ben, Jason/Katie & his family. I'll miss you "Bday Buddy"...Paula
-- Paula Nurre
We had so many fun times together and we have such fond memories of the two of you. Please get in touch. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.
-- Sue Luers
Gary & I are so very sorry to hear about Craig. We want you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Please accept our sincere sympathy for your loss. Sincerely, Karen & Gary Crowder
-- Karen & Gary Crowder
Our deepest sympathies for your profound and heavy loss. Pam and Greg Kenyon
-- Pam Hanks Kenyon
Susie, I just heard about Craig's death this evening. I only met him a few times many, many years ago. What wonderful comments from his/your many friends and family. Life is just too short; you will always be a best friend!(small town Iowa summers) I want you to know that even though we have not been in contact for many years, I am truly saddened for your loss and your sons' loss as well.
-- Barbara (Nurre) Cole
Having received the notice of Craig's funeral arrangements today, I find myself traveling in India. The last time I was here, I had the pleasure of spending a Sunday afternoon with Craig on the Pune Country Club. We had a great time searching for our errant shots, while keeping our eyes open for cobras. I only knew Craig for a relatively short time, but very much appreciated his, openness, straight forward approach and easy laugh. He is an inspiration.
-- Kevin Ruby
Ben I am so sorry for your loss.... Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
-- Karen Wimmer
Craig was one of my "favorite people" - one of those who touches our lives in a special way and makes this journey easier to bear and fun to explore. My dear, dear friend, Craig. You will be truly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
-- Mariana Karam
Dear Sue and family,
This is a very sad moment.We truely enjoyed the enjoyed Craig's friendship.
Esp. we will miss his laughing and big heart!
We will include Craig into our prayers.
Heinrich and Elisabeth
-- Heinrich & Elisabeth Steins
Sue & Family, Duey & I know Craig from our time at JD Davenport. So very glad he came into our lives. He was a good good man - and a joy to work with. I recently got to meet Ben - and I see so much of Craig in Ben. The prayer below was given to me when I loss my Father - I share it with you - in hopes it will in some way - help you as it has me:
God Almighty, Give us the courage, we pray, to face the loss of one we have loved so deeply. Looking back through the years – when our lives were so close – it seems that part of us has died as well. Help us not to be bitter – but to dwell in the privilege of our intimacy and to thank you – for a good life – well and generously lived. Although we can no longer speak – may the inspiration remain with us. We thank you for the comfort of knowing that the bright spirit of Craig, whom we have loved, is with you. Amen
Praying for you - Duey & Jill Deutmeyer
-- Jill Deutmeyer
I am so sorry to hear about Craig. I met Craig when he moved to Germany. He was always transmitting a positive message. It was a pleasure to be part of his team. Thoughts and prayers for his family, Bernd
-- Bernd Stueve
To Sue and the entire family of Craig Schroeder. May the healing balm of the Almighty Creator soothe your hearts, comfort you and give you peace during this time of your loss. His Peace Shall Come!
-- Nick Penny
My condolences to your family. I played baseball withy Craig at ISU. We had some great times together. He was a hardnosed, hard working guy and knew how to enjoy life. He was fun to be around and made you smile. He is going to be missed. I let some of his other team mates know about his passing. Wanted to let you know I am thinking about him and your family today.
-- Kelly Summy
Sue, Ben & Jason,
My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your extended families. Craig was a wonderful person, always reaching out to so many around him. He will be missed by all he touched. My prayers are with you. God Bless.
-- Gary Teerlinck
Recently Craig sent an email, telling me, "Last week was a great week. Better than we expected. We are just very thankful." He was such a great guy - always thankful, always optimistic. I loved to be around him. When he was in the room, it was always "better than expected." May he rest in peace.
-- Pat Driscoll
I only knew Craig a short time, but I am so blessed to have had the privilege to get to know him. Craig's positive attitude and passion was contagious. He will be dearly missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to all his family and friends.
-- Lesley Conning
Jerry Nelson here TRHS (71), I have just learned of Craig's passing today in our daily paper. My wife Danise and I wish to offer your family our condolences. I'm sure we will get out some old photos of the softball days when Craig played with us. I plan to alert some of those folks later today who were on the team.
Hope all is well with you. We are still in DSM, have 2 daughters and 2 grand children, a grandson 5, and grand daughter 7 weeks.
Our thoughts & prayers are with you. Take care.
-- Jerry Nelson
My wife Ellen & I send our deepest sympathies to Susan, Ben and Jason and the rest of Craig's family. Craig was a year ahead of me at Roosevelt High School and was the captain and quarterback of our football team. While I had not been in contact with Craig for nearly thirty years, I have thought fondly of him many times. He was, as many have said, an inspirational leader and a fierce competitor. He led by example and was always there to offer encouragement to his teammates.
-- John Kunkle
I received a call late yesterday afternoon notifying me of Craig's passing. Although I am unable to make either the visitation or funeral you and the family will be in my prayers. I will always remember the fun times we had together growing up and into college our college years.
-- Barry Rich
Sue, I would like to extend to you and your family my most heart felt sympathy. I would pray that our Lord Jesus Christ be with you during this trying time and that he provide you with the strength to get thru this time. I was a man in Caterpillar in Aurora that he called on back in the day. Craig taught me to play golf. Something that I always wanted to do. He was a very understanding teacher and me being at my age in time took alot of understanding. I know he will be missed.
God Bless You!
-- Bill Kain
He will be missed.Very sorry for your loss.
-- Ken Eaton
Craig was such a positive force to be around and everyone's best cheerleader!!
-- Kristin Campbell
Sue and family I had the pleasure of working with Craig several years ago at John Deere foundry and I want to pass on my sympathy to all of you.
-- Ralph Bolte
I worked with Craig at Dubuque , you have my sympathy , best wishes to the family in your time of sorrow ,Jim
-- Jim Muntz
Craig was such a fun loving person with a great smile and laugh. I had the pleasure of working for him twice at John Deere and he taugh me so much. You are in my thougths and prayers. Lee Eggers
-- Lee Eggers
During this difficult time, please hold on to this one great truth: You will be reunited with Craig in God's time, because He promised. You are in my prayers.
-- Pat Cotton
I had been traveling and was saddened to see this news. Craig left us young, but he had a very full life. I will keep him in my prayers. He was such a good man and he touched a lot of lives in a positive way.
-- Gary Siwajek
Hi Schroeder Family, From and old Maverick friend. I just came across this news today, and was so sad to hear of your loss. Craig was the best coach I ever had, bar none, and that first season of Mavericks baseball will probably always be the best summer of my life. I really wish I had the opportunity to see him again and thank him properly. Though it's been a few weeks now, I want you to know that he and all of you will be in my thoughts and prayers.
-- Tim Shoemaker