OWENSBORO, Ky. – Harold O. "Hal" Schroeder Sr., 87, of Owensboro, Ky., passed away Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, at his home. He was born July 19, 1926, in Perry County, to the late William and Lola Winchell Schroeder.
He was an active member of Zion United Church of Christ, where he loyally served on numerous committees and councils. He was retired from General Electric Co. after 38 years of service. Hal was a U.S. Army
veteran of World War II
and also had been in the Merchant Marines.
In his early years in Perry County, he was a graduate of Tell City High School, where he was quite an athlete, having played football, basketball and baseball. He was the first player at TCHS to start shooting the one-handed jump shot. He also played semi-professional baseball for the former Tell City Grays in the late 1940s and '50s, having competed against some of the former Cincinnati Reds players of that time. While playing basketball, he participated on some exhibition teams against the Harlem Globetrotters. He epitomized the phrase "Family Man" and relished every opportunity to vacation and visit with his family.
Hal was preceded in death by his wife, Sally Schroeder, Sept. 2, 1999, his brothers, William A., Richard F. and Lloyd R. Schroeder and a sister, Jessie B. Young.
Surviving are a daughter, Cheryl Bradley and husband Bill of Owensboro; three sons, Brian Schroeder and wife Marsha of Owensboro, Hal Schroeder, Jr. of Atlanta, Ga. and Greg Schroeder and wife Debbie of Huntsville, Ala.; six grandchildren, Laura Bradley and Danielle (Ben) Burch, both of Lexington, Ky., Heather and Bryan Schroeder, both of Atlanta and Alison and Lindsey Schroeder, both of Owensboro.
The family would like to give special thanks to Hal's caregiver, Anita Smith, for all the compassion and care she gave him.
Services will be held at noon Thursday, Feb. 27 at Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory with the Rev. Lori Keller Schroeder officiating. Entombment will follow in Owensboro Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 10 a.m. until service time Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Zion United Church of Christ, 625 Allen St., Owensboro, KY 42303. Online condolences may be left at www.glennfuneralhome.com.