Leroy J. Schroeder, 81, Jasper

Leroy Joseph Schroeder, 81, Jasper, passed away at 8:40 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, at home.

He was born in Jasper on July 28, 1935, to Joseph and Esther (Fischer) Schroeder. He married Bernetta Jahn on Oct. 25, 1956, in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper.

Surviving are his wife, Bernetta Schroeder; three daughters, Lisa (Gary) Gehlhausen, Mary (Dave) Neuhoff and Kathy (Brent) Buschkoetter, all of Jasper; five sons, John (Patty) Schroeder, Phil Schroeder,  Glen Schroeder and Andy (Myra) Schroeder, all of Jasper, and Jeff (Lori) Schroeder of Lebanon; five sisters, Kate (Neil) Labhart of Jasper, Rose Ann (Harold) Sanders of Reelsville, Carolyn Auffart of Ferdinand, Linda (Dave) Lambert of Evansville and Christine Prior of Huntingburg; two brothers, James (Donna) Schroeder of Jasper and Charles (Ruth) Schroeder of Greencastle; a sister-in-law, Sue Schroeder of Ireland; a brother-in-law, Bruce Rosbottom of Santa Claus; 17 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Stephen Schroeder; a brother, Ronald Schroeder; three sisters, Norma Jean Mehringer, Becky Schroeder and Cynthia Rosbottom; and two brothers-in-law, Tom Mehringer and James Auffart.

Mr. Schroeder retired as a custodian of Tenth Street School in Jasper. He started the Jasper Men’s Basketball League and was a basketball referee and baseball umpire. In 1977, he was appointed to the Jasper City Council, where he served as councilman for the 5th precinct for more than 18 years. He was awarded the key to the city by Mayor William Schmitt in 1995. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the St. Joseph’s Society. He was a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed attending Mass, playing cards, watching his children’s and grandchildren’s golf, baseball, softball, cheerleading, swimming, soccer and tennis events. He also enjoyed going to the family farm and Beaver Lake.

The funeral will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. Entombment will be in Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum in Jasper.

Friends may call from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at  Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel In Jasper.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church or a favorite charity.

Condolences may be shared at www.becherkluesner.com.

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