Dutch Schroeder Jr.
1924 - 2020
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Waco, TX
Dutch Schroeder, Jr.

January 26, 1924 - October 2, 2020

Emil Ernest "Dutch" Schroeder, Jr. passed away October 2, 2020, in Clifton, Texas, at the age of 96, after a long life filled with many friends and Baylor University. He was born January 26, 1924, in Austin, Texas, to Emil and Katherine Schroeder. He had three younger brothers, Vernon, Clarence and Marvin.

He graduated from Austin High School and was the president of his class. He played freshman baseball at the University of Texas. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Dutch volunteered to serve in the United States Navy. While in the Navy, Dutch was a Quartermaster on vessels in the South Pacific. On the day of the Japanese surrender, his ship, along with hundreds of others, all gathered in Tokyo Harbor as the peace agreement was signed. He was discharged in 1946. After one more semester at Texas in the fall of 1946, he found his way to the two loves of his life: Betty Lou Swan and Baylor University. While Dutch played baseball at Baylor, he and Betty were married in June of 1948. Their honeymoon was scheduled around the NCAA baseball playoffs that year. After graduating from Baylor in 1949, Dutch played baseball in the Big State League for the Temple Eagles. Temple ISD hired him to teach and coach baseball. In 1953, Dutch was hired to coach the new Travis High School baseball team in Austin, where he led them to a state championship in 1954. In 1958, Dutch was hired by Baylor University where he served as head baseball coach from 1958 to 1973. After leaving coaching, he taught in the PE department at Baylor until his retirement from Baylor in 1999.

While he was blessed to live long enough to see his life's work recognized on so many occasions, it was the relationships he cultivated that meant the most to him. Until well into his 90s, Dutch never forgot a student or player.

Dutch was honored to be inducted into the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame in 2014 and was a Baylor Wall of Honor inductee in 2007. He considered his greatest accomplishment to be one of the original organizers and lead fundraiser for the Baylor "B" Association. It was created to honor former Baylor letter winners and keep them in touch with each other and Baylor. He went out on the road in the early 70's to raise funds for the first "B" room at Floyd Casey Stadium. He quickly became the game day host and front door greeter. He also served as the organization's Secretary, President, Executive Vice President and in later years, Executive Vice President Emeritus.

In 2001, a former player, Rick Hawkins, donated the money to honor him by creating the Dutch Schroeder Plaza that connects various athletic facilities along University Parks Drive.

After his retirement, Dutch remained a fixture at Baylor athletic events. Dressed in green and gold with Betty by his side, they cheered loudly for all Baylor sports teams, both men's and women's.

Dutch and Betty were faithful members of Seventh and James Baptist Church for more than 60 years. He was chairman of the Board of Deacons and taught Sunday School classes. Never one to sit down, he continued working as the "waiter in training" as he liked to call it at The Cotton Palace B & B in Waco - the business he and Betty owned with their daughter Becky. He loved serving breakfast every morning and sitting at the head of the table to tell his life stories.

Dutch was preceded in death by his loving wife, Betty; his daughter, Emily Whelpley; his parents; and his younger brothers, Vernon, Marvin and Clarence Schroeder.

He is survived by his daughter, Becky Hodges and Lawrence Elkins of Clifton; son, Tim Schroeder of Waco; grandchildren, Eren Price and husband, Waren, of Frisco, Kirk Lowe and wife, Traci, of Friendswood, Matt Hodges of Waco, Hillary Hodges of Clifton, Amanda Carcaterra and husband, Brian, of New York, Jennifer Kennedy and husband, Matt, of California, Alex Merritt and husband, Kevin, of Waco and Savannah Schroeder of Waco; and 11 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters-in-law, Doris Schroeder and Patsy Schroeder of Austin.

Dutch is also survived by countless friends, neighbors, players, students and colleagues in the Baylor family who considered him a friend and mentor.

The family wishes to express heartfelt gratitude to Chloe Evans who has been Dutch's caregiver as his health declined in recent years. The family is thankful for the loving care of the staff of Goodall Witcher Nursing Facility of Clifton, for taking such good care of Dad this past year.

Plans are underway for a private burial in Holland, Texas. There will be a celebration of Dutch's life that will be open to the public at a later date, when it is safer to have larger gatherings. For those who wish to pay their respects, Dutch will lie in state until Friday evening at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Dutch Schroeder Letterwinners Legacy Endowment at the Baylor "B" Association, 1500 S. University Parks Dr, Waco, Texas 76706. This endowment honors his life and his commitment to service.

Dad would want us to end his obituary with the words he would use to acknowledge the passing of each Baylor letterwinner in a handwritten condolence card to each family. He always added this quote by poet, Thomas Campbell. "To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die." Dad you will always in be our hearts.

The family invites you to share a message or memory on the "Tribute Wall" at www.WHBfamily.com.

Published by Waco Tribune-Herald from Oct. 6 to Oct. 8, 2020.
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Was sad to hear of Dutch's passing. He was such an icon who always had a smile and kind words for everyone he came into contact with. He was such a big part of my dad's life as a student and as an adult well past college. It was always fun to go to Baylor for a weekend and spend time with Betty and Dutch. My parents (Glynn and Betty Jo Fields) always loved being with the two of them. He will be missed, although he is in a much better place and I know he and Betty are together again enjoying all that heaven has to offer. Cheers to Dutch's long legacy and all the lives he impacted along the way.
Brennen Fields
January 8, 2021

I just learned of Coach Schroeder's passing. We go back a long way. My uncle, Ed Knebel, owned the Austin Pioneers in the Big State League. I remember watching the Temple Eagles play and once met Dutch..Later, I went out for the Travis High School baseball team in 1953 and unfortunately did not make the team. However, Coach Schroeder was very kind when he told me he picked another for catcher for the team. About 10 years ago I called to talk with him and reached his wife. She told me he was not home, he was playing golf and she would have him return my call. I had a nice chat with her. I send my condolences to the family, I know he will be missed. Rest in peace old friend.
George Knebel
November 29, 2020
What an incredible legacy Dutch has left! I still keep his hand-written letter that he wrote me after I graduated over 25 years ago in my desk drawer and run across it occasionally. (Nobody does that anymore.) Dutch was one of kind and will be greatly missed. God bless you Dutch for the many lives that you positively affected!
Greg Condrey
October 15, 2020
Coach, coached me in High School at Temple! Outstanding person and coach. Visited with him every time I came to a ball game. Don Berry went to Baylor 1953-1957!!
Don Berry
October 13, 2020
I have so many warm memories of this dear friend and coach. What an inspiration in my life he was, not only when I played baseball for him at Baylor (1960-62) but through the many following years. I must add that his coaching was responsible for my making the Major Leagues. Dutch was the epitome of high character, integrity, and a generous heart. When I think of him, I see Psalm 15:1-2 brought to life. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Pete and Sylvia Charton
October 12, 2020
''Twas a true honor to play for Coach Schroeder (66-70). His obit is long and so true, he touched the lives of so many -was an inspiration of greatness who touched the lives of all he came to know
Phil Hampton
October 10, 2020
Mamadou Diene
October 10, 2020
Mamadou Diene
October 10, 2020
My man Dutch! Incredible human being, its fun being around you. Thank you for loving me and my family. Thank you for always making me laugh. You are going to be missed! Rest in peace my man.
Mamadou Diene
October 10, 2020
The hi-lite of attending home games was Dutch greeting us at the door...always had a big smile, called you by name, and would visit as long as you liked. He will be missed.
Jack Eisenhart
October 10, 2020
Prayers for the family of a man who was one in a million! Dutch was an ambassador for Baylor like no one has or will ever be! In his mid 70s, he whipped me all over the badminton court and I was a young 21-22 years old. He never forgot anyone and had some great stories of his coaching career and many other of his life adventures. What a legacy he leaves in the hearts of so many he touched. God bless Dutch Schroeder!
Mitzi Lancaster
October 9, 2020
Dutch and I shared sleeping quarters at the Old Bears outing at DonRiddle's house. Jerry Mallet was also with us and he was a champion snorer. Dutch and I ended up sleeping in the car. During that trip I got to get very close to Dutch. We discussed my time as a scholarship athlete as a tennis player. For my inability to do what I was suppose to do after my souhmore year I left Baylor. I came back after a year and graduated. When I started at Baylor I was a highly ranked junior player. But because I was imature I never letter. Telling Dutch my story on that trip I learned later that I was a letterman, due to Dutch. God has a special man in heaven and I will always remember what a special man he was while he was among us. Rest in your new eternal home. Hal White
Harold White
October 9, 2020
Waco has lost one of her best citizens. I met Dutch at the Cotton Palace. It happened to be my birthday and Dutch sang Happy Birthday to me at breakfast. He was the nicest, sweetest and interesting person. He will be greatly missed by so many.
Becky Shook
October 6, 2020
William Bain
October 6, 2020
Dutch was an institution at Baylor. A great guy, a good friend who will be missed. I will always remember what a coach said about Dutch during his playing days. He said Dutch couldn't hit, couldn't field, couldn't run but he always found a way to beat you. He was right. Dutch always worked hard to find a way to be successful.
Robert Norris
October 6, 2020
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