Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Virgil Thomas Schroeder

Virgil Thomas Schroeder, age 93, of Shelby, died Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Elmcorft of Ontario.

He was born March 4, 1924 in Glandorf, Ohio the son of Henry B. and Gertrude (Kleman) Schroeder. Virgil was and Army veteran of WWII and was a farmer all of his life.  Although farming and everything about farming was his passion, he also sold Knapp Shoes for 40 years, sold Pioneer Seed Corn for 32 years, and sold Moormans Livestock Feed for 8 years. Virgil was a member of the Richland County Farm Bureau and Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church.

Virgil is survived by 1 son: Donald Schroeder (Deb Parks) of Shelby; 7 daughters: Dianne (Thom) Powers of Oregon, OH, Nancy (Jim) Schell of Lewisville, TX, Jean Ann (Keith) Fairchild of Shelby, Ursula (Ken) Esterline of Shelby, Lisa (Abel) Hernandez of Dayton, OH, Barbara Schroeder of Salisbury, MD, Julie (Mark) Friebel of Shelby; 1 daughter-in-law: Brenda Schroeder of Shelby; 21 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren: 1 great great grandchild.

On June 11, 1947 Virgil married Joan May (Kiene) Schroeder and she preceded him in death on October 25, 2005. Also preceding him in death were 2 sons: Richard Schroeder and Steven Schroeder; a grandson: Michael Schroeder; a daughter-in-law: Jeannette Schroeder; 3 sisters: Mildred Kuhlman, Norma Meyers, Juletta Krietemeyer and 2 brothers: Harold Schroeder and Ambrose Schroeder.

Family and friends are welcome on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 from 1-3 and 5-7 PM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby where the Rosary will be recited at 7 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 10:30 AM at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 29 West Street, Shelby. Father Chris Mileski will officiate. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery in Plymouth with military honors.

Memorial expressions may be made to St. Mary School or to Shelby Senior and Community Center. To send a condolence or to share a memory with the Schroeder family, please visit


Memories & Condolence

  1. Deb Sheridan says:

    Dear Schroeder family….Very sorry for your loss. Prayers

  2. Larry Frontz says:

    To all of Virgil’s family, so sorry for the loss of your father, grandfather, and friend. God bless you all in this sorrowful time of comfort.

  3. Ann Imhoff says:

    So very sorry for your loss. I really liked Virgil. Remember coming in to the Church for Mass and he would be sitting at the end of the pew and would always reach out to me, that is unless Jacob was behind me. Then he was more interested in greeting him.
    My prayers and thoughts to all of you

  4. Dan & Jean Meyer says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all the extended Schroeder family during this time of loss. May a lifetime of wonderful memories sustain you now and in the days ahead. May the joy of the Resurrection fill you with hope and peace.

  5. Terry Chase says:

    Sorry for your loss. Virg was a good man.

  6. Sally Stover Cline says:

    Very sorry for your loss. Happy memories with your family. May he rest in peace.

  7. Vicki Hewiit Wilkins says:

    Prayers for Comfort
    So sorry for the loss of your Father. To all Families involved he was admired, loved by many.
    Vicki Hewitt

  8. Paul & Marian Coleman says:

    With Love & Prayers
    We shared our Honor Flight memorys past summer a great visit

  9. Joe and Paula Wheeler says:

    Dear Schroeder family,
    Our sympathy in the loss of your father. He will be missed by many! He was a great asset to our farming community and instilled many great beliefs, morals and values in his children as we have witnessed.
    Prayers being sent your way for comfort.

  10. Mike Studer says:

    My condolences to the family at this time. Virgil and Joan raised a fine family and I know He will be missed.may the peace of our Lord be with all of you.

  11. Carol & Pete Davis says:

    So sorry for your loss. Cherish the great memories that will always be with you.

  12. Tammy Loveland Rock says:

    I am so incredibly sorry to hear of your dads passing. I remember your parents well from the neighborhood years ago. You are such a wonderful family, built on the love and pride of your mom and dad. Much love, hugs and prayers for you all. You have my deepest sympathy.

  13. Bernard and Jeanne Kiene says:

    I’m sorry to hear about Uncle Virgil’s passing over the weekend even though we’re miles away our thoughts and prayers go out to the family’s. May the Lord Jesus Christ welcome him home with His loving arms open wide to greet him at the entrance of Heaven where the rest of our love one’s will be there to greet him also.

  14. Bill & Karen Rieman says:

    Dear Family of Virgil Schroeder,
    Beautiful memories of his life will linger forever in your minds and hearts.
    He was devoted to his family, to agriculture, and to a righteous way of living.
    Uncle Virgil now lives in comfort & peace with Our Heavenly Father.
    Love, thoughts and prayers to all of you!

  15. Ambrose & Joy Trucks says:

    We are so sorry to hear of Virgil passing. We have a lot of memories of Virgil and Joan. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  16. Ron Dillon says:

    Don & Family,

    Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of your Father. Keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

  17. Brent Cline says:

    I am so sorry about your loss. You have a wonderful family which is a great tribute to your father and mother. My prayers are with you all!

  18. Amy Brown says:

    Dear Schroeder Family,

    Sending condolences for the loss of your father. Treasure your memories of all of your great family time together.

    Amy Albert Brown and Helene Albert

  19. Dana Pennell says:

    Ursula and Julie, I am sorry for the loss of your father. I enjoyed talking to him at Elmcroft. Time marches on,as we know. Your family is in our prayers.

    Jenny & Dana Pennell

  20. steph wells mulvane says:

    so sorry for your lose. i will keep the family in my prayers i enjoyed going to the farm on kuhn road when i was a kid.

    steph wells mulvane

  21. Steelhammers in OKC says:

    Aunt Nancy, we are so sorry to hear that your father passed away. Love, Hugs, and Prayers to you …

  22. Ellen Haverfield says:

    Steve and I are so sorry for your great loss. I know your father will be missed.
    We will be praying for your whole family.

  23. karen peters says:

    Dear Don and family: I am so sorry to hear of Virgil’s passing. We was one of the sweetest men I have ever met and I enjoyed the time I was able to share with him. You had wonderful, loving parents. My sympathy to all. Karen

  24. Marilyn Wilkinson Hopkins says:

    Jean Ann, Keeping you and all the family in my thoughts today and in the days to come.
    ~Marilyn Hopkins

  25. Darla & Wayne says:

    Dianne, Thom and family, May God wrap His arms around all of you as you mourn the passing of Virgil. He will always be present in your hearts. Our love, sympathy and prayers are with you. Darla & Wayne

  26. Linda Mitchell says:

    To all Uncle Virgil’s Children and families,

    Your Dad was such a kind and loving person. I was so fortunate to re-connect with him many years ago. What joy that has been.

    I really enjoyed the meals that we shared at Mom’s and Janet’s.
    I know so many times he would say that he couldn’t taste food since his false teeth. But, he would always compliment us on the food. Not sure if he could taste, or just being kind.
    All of us so enjoyed playing cards with him – don’t know how he was so capable of winning so often.
    He wasn’t a poker player, but would try with mom and dad. And, somehow, he would win.
    He was there for Mom when Dad passed – such a loving brother.

    The few times I saw him more dressed up, I always noted how well he looked. Even at mom’s funeral, I commented how DAPPER he looked.

    At Mark’s son’s wedding, I noticed that as Mark walked down the driveway, it was OMG he so looks like Virgil.

    Don and sisters, thank you for bringing him out to Janet’s for breakfast the last several years. (Oh and of course bringing out the delicious donuts!) We will surely miss him. Already know that we will be playing a few hands in memory of him.

    God has taken this kind and gentle man into his hands. Uncle Virgil is at peace with him.

    Loving and sincerest condolences,
    Linda and Joe

  27. Mike, Linda Ambrosio says:

    Don and Family
    Mike and I are so sorry for your loss. Your Father seems to have had a wonderful and full life. Praise the Lord for that.
    God bless you all.

    Mike and Linda.

  28. Ron and Susan Keiser says:

    Our Sympathy to the All of Schroeder Family…
    Please know you are surrounded by people who care about you…We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
    With Our Love and Friendship
    Ron and Susan Keiser

  29. Andy and Linda Durkin says:

    Don and the entire Schroeder Family
    Our deepest condolences for the loss of your father.
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you at this most difficult time.
    With our love and friendship.
    Andy and Linda Durkin

  30. Valerie Watrous says:

    Our deepest sympathy to the Schroeder Family. Keep your memories close to your heart to get you through this difficult time. Roy and Valerie Watrous

  31. John Bloom says:

    To Don and all the Schroeder Family’s, Very sorry for your loss of your Father. You are in our prayers. God Bless you all. John & Connie Bloom .

  32. Nancy & Clarence Ousley says:

    To all of Virgil Schroeder’s wonderful and very blessed family. He was truly a legend in your hearts and to all that surrounded his kindness and love. May the lord bless and be with you all during this very difficult time of your life. We love you all. Nancy & Clarence Ousley

  33. Ron & Dianne Davis says:

    The loss of a parent is always difficult. Know that we are here for you and understand the loss. Find comfort in knowing we care and surround you with prayerful thoughts.

  34. LouAnn Schroeder says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. He was a great man! And will be missed by all. Prayers and hugs to all

  35. Terri (Perman) Devito says:

    Ursula,I am so sorry for the loss of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

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