Lawrence George Schroeder, 90, of Edina, Missouri, passed away Monday, February 24, 2020, at the LaBelle Manor in LaBelle, Missouri.
Lawrence was born on September 12, 1929, in Shady Oak, Iowa, the son of George Joseph and Mary Catherine Farber Schroeder.
His family moved to a farm southeast of Edina, Missouri, at the age of seven, and he attended a rural school east of Hedge City, Missouri.
Lawrence served his country in the United States Army before returning and continuing his education at the Northeast Missouri State Teachers College. He received a Bachelors and a Masters Degree in Industrial Arts.
In 1958 Lawrence began his teaching career at Hurdland High School in Hurdland, Missouri. When the Knox County Schools consolidated he began as the Industrial Arts teacher with Knox County High School, in 1964, and taught 31 years before retiring in 1990. While teaching at Knox County he also taught night classes at Northeast Missouri State Teachers College in Kirksville, Missouri.
He was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Edina, Missouri, where he married Mary Louise Shubert, on October 5, 1948, and to this union four children were born.
Lawrence was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Baring Country Club and enjoyed hunting, fishing and water skiing. He owned two different boats, one for Baring Lake and another for area lakes and rivers.
He is survived by his children, Elaine Ferguson of Edina, Missouri, Elizabeth and David Bradley of Palmyra, Missouri, Christina and Tim Betz of Hamilton, Ohio, and Dennis and Vickie Schroeder of Columbia, Missouri; grandchildren, Dustin and Rachel Ferguson, Skee and Kayla Ferguson, Dr. Angela and Dr. Chad Lehenbauer, Sara and Steve Everding, Kelsey Betz and her fiancé T.J. Stewart, Shelby Betz and Dustin Parrett, Lauren Betz, and Ashley and Alex Richards; great grandchildren, A.J. and Mackenzie Ferguson, Rett and Aiden Lehenbauer, Nolan Everding, and Easton Stewart; step great grandchildren, Daniel, Corder and Brody Lehenbauer, Cora and Casey Hartman, Grahm Hendrickson, and Hayden Stewart; brother-in-law’s and sister-in-law’s, Jerry Shubert of Taylor, Missouri, Janice and Kim Smith of Edina, Missouri, and Jane Bowen of LaBelle, Missouri; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.
Lawrence was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary Schroeder on January 19, 2009; a brother, Donald Joseph Schroeder; a sister in infancy, Mary Ann Schroeder; and a step sister, Luella Johnson.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 29, 2020, at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Edina, Missouri.
Visitation will be after 2:00 p.m. Friday, February 28, 2020, with the family receiving friends from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Doss Funeral Home in Edina, Missouri. A Christian Prayer Service will be at 4:30 p.m. Friday at the Funeral Home.
Interment, with Full Military Honors by Cyril A Graham American Legion Post #261, will be in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Edina, Missouri.
Fr. Colin Franklin will officiate and music will be provided by Jim, Kyle, and Natalie Clark. Pall Bearers will be Tim Betz, David Bradley, Skee Ferguson, Steve Everding, Chad Lehenbauer and Dicky Bowen. Honorary Bearers will be Kim Smith, Tom Hirner, Jim Pinson, Larry Hayes, Mike Fox, Larry Clark, and Clint Miller.
An expression of sympathy in memory of Lawrence Schroeder may be left to the St. Joseph Catholic Church as a Mass or to the Building Fund. A memorial may be left at or mailed to the Doss Funeral Home 208 N. 4th Street, Edina, Missouri 63537.