Ralph G. “Butch” Schroeder, 79, passed away at home after a lengthy illness, surrounded by his loved ones on Nov. 1, 2020.
He was born April 21, 1941 in Milwaukee to Evelyn G. (Dietelhoff) Schroeder and Ralph J. Tolock. He married Diana Metoxen in February 1965 and they had one child, Loucinda. They divorced in 1968 but remained friends throughout the years. He met Jeannine G. Adelmeyer and two years later, on Nov. 7, 1975, he married his best friend. Our family was completed with her daughters Cindi and Sandy. Ralph and Jean were together for 47 years.
Growing up in the Norwalk-Sparta area is where his love for trains began. He talked of the times he and his friends would jump the train and ride to the next town, then walk back home. All his life he was interested in trains and their history. His interests included trains, lighthouses, history, and traveling. He retired from typewriter and office machine repairs, a job that allowed him the opportunity to travel and to meet many people throughout his career. He always had a story to tell and he had a way to always make you laugh. Ralph loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, especially his grandson Kyle and great-grandson Mason.
Ralph is survived by his wife, Jeannine Schroeder; daughters Loucinda (Terry Van Stee) Conway, Cindi (friend, Jeff Hanson) Kraft, and Sandy (John Isaacson) Entrekin; sisters Thelma Dunnum and Ramona Schroeder; brothers-in-law Jerry (Sharon) Adelmeyer, Kenny (Kathy) Adelmeyer, Jim Adelmeyer, and Mel (Sandy) Gindt; and sisters-in-law Judy Zimmermann and Nancy (Dennis) Lecher. He is further survived by his grandchildren, Danielle (Saquib) Baig, Kyle (Morgan Iverson) Conway, Kristie Conway, Megan (Cody Guyette) Conway, Ryan Kraft, Gregory Kraft, Joshua Entrekin, Jenni Entrekin, Jamie (Zack) Makosky, and Andrew Isaacson. He is further survived by 11 great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family.
Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, Evelyn Dietelhoff and Ralph Tolock; sister Sharyn Dineen; brother-in-law Richard Dunnum; and great-grandson Gage Conway.
On behalf of the family, we express our most sincere gratitude to all those who have wished us well, sent us warm thoughts, offered prayers, and spoke words of comfort. The support received is greatly appreciated by the family. Ralph’s loved ones would also like to thank the Calumet County Hospice team for their kind and compassionate care given to Ralph.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Ste 800, Miami, FL 33131; or 1359 Broadway, Ste 1509, New York, NY 10018.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. The Meiselwitz-Vollstedt Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.