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Henry Andrew "Hal" Schroder


1926 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Henry Andrew "Hal" Schroder Obituary
Henry Andrew (Hal) Schroder, 89, died peacefully at his home in Inverness on March 23, 2016. His death was full of integrity, as was his life. He passed from this life without fuss or medical intervention, per his wishes. Hal lived by a morality that was part southern gentleman, part sportsman/scholar and part practical theology. He ascribed to the adage "Do Unto Others As You Would Have Others Do Unto You". This creed was passed on to his seven children, who he raised with his wife of 53 years, Della Umstead Schroder. Della predeceased Hal in December of 2000. He was born to Henry A. and Pauline B. Schroder on October 6, 1926 in Rock Hill, SC. Hal's school age years were spent in Durham, NC where his father was pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and his mother was an English teacher at Carr Junior High School. After graduation from Durham High School, Hal served in the Army Air Corps, returning afterwards to graduate from Catawba College in Salisbury, NC with a degree in English. His professional life combined his vocation as an English teacher with his love of sports. He served as athletic director and coach of football, basketball, golf and baseball at the high school level. Hal taught at Hilliard High School in Hilliard, FL and Fletcher High School in Jacksonville Beach. In Broward County Hal taught and coached at St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Stranahan HS and South Plantation HS. He retired from teaching and coaching in 1986 and moved to Citrus County. Hal and Della shared a love of the beauties of nature, and enjoyed camping in FL and the US with friends and family. They spent many happy summers at a spot on Peachtree Creek in Murphy, NC where they shared this love with their seven grandchildren. In Citrus County Hal continued to pursue his hobbies of golfing, biking and furniture repair and refinishing. He was a lifelong reader and kept his mind sharp doing crossword puzzles and watching Jeopardy nightly.
He will be sorely missed by his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to the Rails to Trails of the Withlacoochee. Private family services will be held at a later date. Arrangements under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory of Inverness.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Mar. 27, 2016
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