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Bill Schroeder

Wednesday, February 9, 2005

EMPORIA, Kan. - Wilbur G. "Bill" Schroeder, 96, died Feb. 6, 2005, at Newman Regional Health.

Born June 10, 1908, in Hillsboro, son of the late Gerhard and Anna Bartel Schroeder, he owned and operated Navrats Office Supply in Garden City for 30 years before retiring in 1975 and was a member of the United Methodist Men. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army and member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Moose International and the American Legion in Garden City, Kansas and Bella Vista, Ark.

On July 27, 1935, at Abilene, he married Lola Mercedez Moritz who preceded him in death on Nov. 3, 1985.

Survivors include: one son, Lee Schroeder of Emporia; three daughters, Karen Tate of Oklahoma City, Vicki Estes of Sikeston, Mo., and Karla Crocker of Stigler, Okla.; one sister, Verna Pankratz of Hillsboro; and eight grandchildren, 10 stepgrandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and three stepgreat-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Edwin Schroeder and William Schroeder; and four sisters, Elma Funk, Ruth Peters, Josie Toews and Nettie Anderson.

A memorial service will be conducted at 4 p.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church in Bella Vista.

Burial will follow in Benton County Memorial Park at Rogers, Ark.

Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home of Emporia is in charge of arrangements.