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Wayne Sanford Schroeder, 76, a longtime Park Rapids area resident entered Heaven on Monday, July 7, 2014 while a resident of Heritage Living Center, in Park Rapids, with his loved ones at his side, following a valiant battle against brain cancer.

Wayne was born Nov. 17, 1937 to Henry William and Andria Sophia (Skogen) Schroeder, in Heron Lake. He was baptized at the Heron Lake Hospital on Dec. 2, 1937 and was confirmed May 6, 1951 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brewster.

Wayne received his early education in a country school near Brewster and graduated from the Brewster High School with the Class of 1956. He helped Royce Hollan with his Apiarian (honey bee) business for three summers, working in Texas and Minnesota. He also helped his dad on the farm during that time.

On Feb. 1, 1959, Wayne was united in marriage to Sue Corlene Richter at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Windom. After their marriage the couple moved to Park Rapids, where Wayne farmed for 54 years.

Wayne was a member of St. Johns Lutheran Church, singing in the choir most of his life. He served 12 years on the Central Minnesota Irrigation Corp. He enjoyed fishing and playing cards.

Wayne will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Sue of Park Rapids; two children, son, Dan Schroeder of Park Rapids and daughter, Peggy (David) Miller of Red Lake Falls; two grandchildren, Mikayla and Joshua Miller; three siblings, Corlene Hanson and husband, Vernon of Jackson, Alvin Schroeder and his wife, Carol of Tea, S.D., and sister-in-law Delores Schroeder of Windom.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents; and twin brother, Willard.

Funeral service: 11 a.m. Saturday, July 12 at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Park Rapids with Rev. James Neubauer and Rev. Tim Heinecke officiating. Vocalists will include Mike Poole, the St. Johns Senior Choir, Frank Schaap and Lynne Just. The organist will be Missy Koch.

Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 11 at the Jones-Pearson Funeral Home and for one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church.

Active casket bearers: Bruce Schroeder, Brian Schroeder, Dewey Ledin, Gordy Van De Venter, Ray Gartner, Nick Haas, Todd Nordvick, Lyle Dean Luther and David Richter.

Honorary casket bear-ers: Loren & Julie Avenson, Jake & Florence Jacobson, Dwaine & Donna McCullion, Evan & Marie Ophus, Frank & Carla Schaap, Morrie & Joanne Sylvester, Bill & Carol Valtinson, Ruth & Karen Van De Venter, Debbie Haas and family, Rhonda Nordvick & Brittney, Jim & Laura Schauer and Sandi Kendall.

Interment: Greenwood Cemetery of Park Rapids.

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