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Kenneth H. Schroeder Obituary
Kenneth H. Schroeder

AGE: 94 • Wilmington

Kenneth H. Schroeder, 94, of Wilmington, Delaware passed away on April 14, 2016 at his residence. Ken and his wife Nancy raised their family in Fairfax, moving there in 1954. He moved to Foulk Manor North in 2009.

Ken was born in Paterson, New Jersey in 1921, the son of the late Jessie Allcot and Harry J. Schroeder. He was a graduate of the Pratt Institute's School of Science and Technology in 1943 and received a Master of Science in Chemistry in 1960 from the University of Delaware. He worked at Allied Chemical Corporation from 1946-1988, where he received several patents for his work. He was a member of the American Chemical Society and Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering Honor Society. After retirement, he was employed with H&R Block preparing tax returns.

A veteran of WWII, he spent three years in the Army Air Corps and while stationed in New Castle, DE met his wife, Nancy Lindsay. They married in 1948 in Newport. They were married 49 years before her passing in 1997.

Ken was an Eagle Scout in his youth, developing a strong love of the outdoors. Voted most athletic in high school, he continued his athletic activities, especially cycling, which he pursued in earnest after retirement in his mid-sixties. He rode with several cycling groups, often as the leader, and he enjoyed mapping out the routes as much as the physical workout. He went on to compete in the State and National Senior Olympics in 10K and 20K events, always finishing in the top 10. He played racquetball and volleyball and started playing tennis at the age of 80, playing for ten years with the Model A's.

Other interests included the arts, especially music and photography. He started playing drums at an early age and by age 12, he was playing in the clubs in NYC. Ken usually had a camera at his side and was a former member of the Delaware Camera Club.

Above all, his devotion was to his son, Kenny, providing a quality of life for him and the dignity he deserved as a developmentally disabled member of the community.

Ken is survived by his three children; Kenneth F. Schroeder of Newark, Carol Taylor of Hockessin and Nancy Sykes and her husband Russell of New Baltimore, NY. He is also survived by his five grandchildren; Casey Taylor and his wife Stacey of Whitehall, PA, Lindsay Taylor of Denver, CO, Laura Reedy and her husband Mark of Middletown, DE, Stephanie Carnes and her husband Thomas of Washington, DC and Brett Sykes of Belfast, ME, and four great-grandchildren, Aiden, Bryson and Chase Taylor and Eliza Carnes.

A special thank you to the staff at Foulk Manor North for the care and compassion Ken received during his seven years' residence.

Memorial services will be held at Lower Brandywine Presbyterian Church, 101 Old Kennett Road in Greenville, DE on Tuesday, April 19th at 2:00PM

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Ken may be made to Special Olympics DE, 619 S. College Ave. Newark, DE 19716 or The Arc of DE, 2 S. Augustine St. Suite B, Wilmington, DE 19804

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Published in The News Journal from Apr. 17 to Apr. 19, 2016
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