DELAWARE - Rev. Gilbert A. "Gil" Schroeder, 74 of Delaware passed away early Wednesday morning, Jan. 29, 2014, at Riverside Hospital.
Born in Cleveland on Dec. 5, 1939, he was the son of the late August and Florence (Gayer) Schroeder. A graduate of Northfield-Macedonia High School in 1957, he then earned a bachelor's degree in business from Bowling Green University, where he participated in the Aerospace ROTC program. He first served in U.S. Air Force in California assisting with the Apollo program and then was transferred to Wright Patterson Air Force Base where he served as Captain.
Throughout his career, he worked in a number of capacities, as a programmer for IBM, with Arthur Anderson, and with BF Goodrich. He then felt a calling to serve God and began seminary studies with the AFLC (Association of Free Lutheran Congregations). During seminary and internships he worked with NCR. He was ordained in Cleveland at the Word of Life Church in 1980 which eventually led to serving as a pastor of three churches in and around Tioga, North Dakota.
Coming to Delaware in 1987 he re-entered the public work force, using his computer skills with Scotts Co. and then Fourth Channel, a venture capital group. He finally retired in 2007 from Chase Bank, where he worked in the capacity of technical writer and trainer. Throughout the years he continued to pastor in his own way and until the fall of 2013 served as Visitation Pastor for St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Delaware, where he was a member.
In his younger years he volunteered with the Civil Air Patrol and was president of the Cleveland Jaycee's. He also enjoyed garden railroading, was a finish woodworker, and assisted with Habitat for Humanity in Delaware, helping to wire and plumb several homes. Gil also was a member of DELARA, Delaware Amateur Radio Assn., operating under the call letters "N8KSP." With a passion for the ham radio, he organized and taught several training classes.
Organized and detailed, he was an analytical problem solver. Generous with both his time and talents, he always put the needs of his family and others before his own. He answered the Lord's call, creating an adventure-filled life.
He is survived by his wife, partner, and supporter of 37 years Carolyn "Cari" (Blair) Schroeder, daughters Elizabeth "Liz" (Jason) Damron of Ostrander, Christy Schroeder of Delaware, granddaughter Ella Rose Damron, as well as expected twins, sister Geraldine "Jeri" Parks of Twinsburg, and brother-in-law, Phil (Gretchen) Blair of Germantown, Tenn., as well as a host of friends, and other family.
Friends may call Sunday from 1 – 2:30 p.m. at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 1510 W. William St. at Valleyside Dr., Delaware, where services will follow Sunday at 2:30 p.m. with Pastor John Hohe of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church officiating with military honors. Burial will follow in Cheshire Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to
, DSACO Down Syndrome Assoc. of Central Ohio, or St. Mark's Lutheran Church.
Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.