John Schroeder

John Schroeder


August 30, 1949 - October 30, 2021


John Schroeder, 72, of Rapid City, SD and Quartzsite, AZ, passed peacefully surrounded by his loving family Saturday, October 30, 2021, at the VA Hospital in Minneapolis, MN. Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Tuesday, November 9, at Bittner Funeral Chapel. Burial will be at Servicemen’s Memorial Cemetery in Mitchell. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral service. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

John H. Schroeder was born in Pipestone, MN on August 30, 1949, to Harold and Lorraine (Kiecksee) Schroeder. He was baptized, raised, and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Ward, SD.

John graduated High School in Flandreau, SD in 1967 and continued his higher education in Des Moines, Iowa in Computer Programming Studies. John joined the United States Air Force and was deployed to Vietnam in October 1971 as a computer intelligence officer.

On April 29, 1994, he married Celia Wait in Las Vegas, Nevada.

While John lived in Mitchell, he managed Crown Family Restaurant and sold insurance for Reginald Martin Insurance Company. In 1995 he became self-employed, which then took him to Quartzsite, AZ in the winters and South Dakota in the summers.

In the winter John loved decorating his property for Christmas, which brought tours of people to visit year after year. In the summer, his hard work and passion would bring him to work at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. John enjoyed all types of Sports. He especially enjoyed watching his only grandchild, Garret play football, baseball, basketball, and tennis.

John is survived by his wife, Celia; daughters, Margaret (Terry) Johnson of Mitchell and Kelsey (Dzenan) Berberovic of Sioux Falls; grandson, Garret Johnson of Vermillion, SD; brothers, Marlin (Lois) Schroeder and Donald “Sparky” (Bobbi) Schroder, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

John was preceded in death by his parents and numerous special family members.

Memorials may be sent to Margaret Johnsons at: 612 E. 1st Ave, Mitchell, SD, 57301

Posted by Joan(Wait) Peterson on November 21, 2021
Deepest Sympathies to you and your families! Prayers
Posted by DALE MCELHANY on November 21, 2021
Posted by DALE MCELHANY on November 21, 2021
Posted by Matt and Amanda Larson on November 9, 2021
Sending hugs and prayers to Celia and her family during this difficult time. John will be missed dearly :( My family always enjoyed getting to visit with him at the Sturgis Rally! We will miss him. Keeping you In thought and prayers my dear friend. Love you Celia!
Posted by Vern Schoeneman on November 8, 2021
Our sympathy to Marlin and Don. I remember the nights we played on the streets of Ward. Dad would come into the shop to see your dad and we played.
Posted by Charleen. Jensen on November 7, 2021
My prayers are with you and your family.
Posted by Donna Manning on November 6, 2021
Sympathy to your and your family Marlin.
Posted by Jolene Trageser on November 6, 2021
My sympathies to the families. Went to school and church with the Schroeder boys. Prayers and hugs
Posted by Marja j Lawrecki on November 6, 2021
So extreamly sorry on the passing of your brother Don! And condolences to his entire family, relatives and friends near and far. Thoughts and prayers are with you all!
Posted by Janelle (Blum) Nelson on November 6, 2021
Sympathy to you and your family! My dad worked for Harold in Ward SD for many years
Posted by Linda Kuipers on November 6, 2021
We will miss you and your sparkling smile.
Posted by Darlene Barber on November 5, 2021
So sorry to hear of John passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
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