Ray A. Schroeder, age 91, passed away at Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh on Sunday, August 3, 2014. He was born on May 26, 1923, in rural Tigerton, WI, the son of the late Alfred and Anna (Beyersdorf) Schroeder. He married Melda Pockat in rural Tigerton on August 19, 1950.
He was a member of First English Lutheran Church, Oshkosh. Extremely interested in his church, he was deeply involved in the Lord's work there and in the churches of the various communities in which he lived prior to moving to Oshkosh.
Ray, educator and administrator, received his elementary and secondary education in the Tigerton Public Schools. He earned his first teaching certificate at Langlade County College, Antigo. Bachelor's and master's degrees and post graduate work were earned at the University of Wisconsin campuses at Oshkosh, Madison, Milwaukee and at California State College, Long Beach. He was a member of Phi Beta Sigma and Beta Phi Mu, national and international fraternities. Ray was an active member of local, state, regional, and national professional associations, held various offices, served on various committees, and authored numerous articles published in various professional journals. His teaching and administrative career encompassed elementary, secondary, and University levels. In 1980, he received the Wisconsin School Administrator of the Year Award.
He was a charter member, past president, Paul Harris Fellow, and Rotarian of the Year of Oshkosh Rotary-Southwest, a past member of the B.P.O. Elks, Lodge 292-Oshkosh, served many years as a member of the Oshkosh Public Library and the Winnefox Library System Boards, and was active in various other community organizations.
Ray is survived by his wife, Melda; children: Dale Schroeder of Oshkosh and Debbie (Doug) Potratz of Oshkosh; grandchildren: Matthew Potratz, and Aaron (Stacey Hetherington) Potratz; great-grandson, Jacob; brothers-in-law: Allen Wendt of Kodak, TN, and Ken (Elaine) Pockat of Tigerton; and further survived by many nieces, nephews and their families. He was preceded in death by his brother, Rolland (Evelyn) Schroeder; sister, Mary Ann Wendt; and in-laws: Milton (Mildred) Pockat and Lloyd (Doris) Pockat.
The funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at FIRST ENGLISH LUTHERAN CHURCH, 1013 Minnesota St., Oshkosh, with Rev. Tim Greenwald and Rev. Martin Ruge officiating. Friends will be received at the funeral home on Friday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Entombment will be at Lakeview Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for First English Lutheran Church, Oshkosh.
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Published in Oshkosh Northwestern on Aug. 6, 2014