James "Jim" Lee Schroder passed away Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. Memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sterling. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at Julesburg Cemetery.
Jim was born on March 13, 1950, in Julesburg, to Evelyn (Maahs) and Delton Schroder. Jim was the middle of three children. He was blessed to have an older sister, Cindy, and younger brother, Ed.
After graduating from Julesburg High School, Jim attended one semester of college at Northeastern Junior College. He quickly discovered his real love and education came from his hands-on work with his father on the family farm. Jim was a third generation farmer who enjoyed the livestock and the fields.
In August of 1971 he married Evelyn Gaye Vogt in Big Springs, Neb. They were married for 16 years, resided in Julesburg, and were blessed with three children, Jamie, Tina and Jeremy. They spent time camping, hunting, fishing, boating at the lake, riding horses, snowmobiling in the winter, spontaneous trips out of town for a long weekend, and playing cards. One of Jim's favorite things was to play with his kids. Jim also loved holidays and any opportunity to spend time together at extended family gatherings.
In 1984 Jim and his family moved to Red Lion Road in Crook, where Jim switched from manual irrigation to sprinkler irrigation and shortly thereafter began managing for OTR Farms (Dindsdale Bros.). Jim embraced this new challenge with enthusiasm and success. This venture granted him not only many great coworkers, but also a boss, Chris Dinsdale, who became a dear friend.
In 1997, Jim married Elmira "Alla" Mertaeva. This union also brought him a stepson, Marat Sabirov. They enjoyed numerous fishing trips and road trips to the mountains. Jim and Alla were always looking forward to their next travel opportunity whether it was a trip to the tropics or a getaway to see the grandkids.
In the last few years Jim became a board member for the American Sugar Growers Association, which he truly loved being involved in and provided him a new venture and opportunities.
Survivors are his wife, Elmira Schroder of Sterling; sister, Cindy Kinnie and husband Craig of Portland, Ore.; brother, Ed Schroder and wife Kelly of Portland, Ore.; his children, Jamie Marin and husband Chad of Strasburg, Tina Rosenthal and husband Doug of Surprise, Ariz., Jeremy Schroder of Loveland, Marat Sabirov of Sterling; eight grandchildren; two great-grandsons; and numerous relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Delton and Evelyn Schroder.
Memorial Contributions may be made to: The Denver Hospice, 8299 E. Lowry Blvd., Denver, CO 80230.