Jon “Doc” Daryl Schroeder
Jon “Doc” Daryl Schroeder, 66, of Concordia, Missouri, died on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, moving hay bales on a neighbor’s farm. He died with his boots on, like he always wanted.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 7, 2018, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Higginsville, with Fr. Tom Hawkins officiating. Pallbearers were Jon Cole, Aaron Cole, Jason Cole, Eric Dengler, Adam Dengler, Craig Dengler and Chris Scoggin. Honorary pallbearers were W.A. Schlesselman, Dr. Paul Smith, Lyman Anderson, Joe Blackburn, Jim Summerville and Ed Nierman. Graveside services were held at 4:00 p.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Olpe, Kan. Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church or family choice (to establish an agricultural scholarship in Jon’s name). Friends may sign the online register book at www.campbell-lewis.com.
Jon was born on Aug. 18, 1951, in Emporia, Kan., the son of the late Gilbert Raymond Schroeder and Elizabeth Mae Kinsey Schroeder. As a child he was raised on the edge of the Flint Hills of Kansas, attending school at Matfield Green Grade School and Dixon Grade School. He graduated from Olpe High School in 1969. He married Karen Ann Bowers on June 22, 1974, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Olpe, Kan.
Jon graduated with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree from Kansas State University in May of 1975. He and Karen moved to Concordia, Missouri in June 1975 and worked with Dr. Dale and Lucille Bivin for one year and then purchased the practice in June of 1976 and renamed it Concordia Veterinary Clinic. Over the years, Jon mentored many veterinary student interns in his practice. He truly loved veterinary medicine and helping the farmers and pet owners. After 42 years of practicing veterinary medicine in Concordia and the surrounding area, Jon retired in September 2017 and sold the clinic and practice to his colleague and friend, Dr. Paul Smith and his wife Rhonda.
Jon loved the outdoors. At six years of age, he got his first horse and trained many more over the next 60 years. He organized numerous trail rides for the local horse-riding community with trips to the Kansas Flint Hills, Ozarks, and Arizona. He enjoyed archery, golfing, hunting, and fishing, working with cattle, horses and his bird dog, Hap. Jon spent a fair amount of time in his tree stand during deer season. In his earlier adult years, he played on various town basketball and softball teams. He retired from an over-40 wood bat baseball league at the ripe age of 64. A skilled golfer for many years, in retirement, he enjoyed his weekly-retired guy golf game. He was an avid reader of history books and enjoyed reading the daily newspaper as he relaxed at the end of the working day.
Jon was an active member of the Knights of Columbus and Concordia Lions Club. His favorite shift was the greeter of the Heidelberg Garden entrance on Saturday night of the Street Fair. He and Karen have served on mission trips through his church including cleaning up from the Hurricane Katrina in Biloxi, Miss., and from tornados in Greensburg, Kan., Parkville, Iowa, and Joplin, Missouri.
Jon was preceded in death by his parents, Gilbert and Elizabeth Schroeder; his brother, Scott; and his first child, Andrea.
He is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 43 years, Karen; sons, Patrick (Anne), Kenneth (Sima), Daniel (Jami), and Joseph (Erica); daughter, Ann Beissenherz (Nathan); five grandchildren, Archer, Eli, Wilson, Eden, and Sylvie; four sisters, Dana Dengler, Lanne Shayes (Tony), Mona Scoggin (Jerry), and Starre Cole; two brothers, Stanley Schroeder (Vanessa) and Darren Schroeder (Wess); and many nieces and nephews.