Michael Schroeder, age 25, of Oelwein, died Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009, at the Grandview HealthCare Center in Oelwein, of complications from myotonic muscular dystrophy.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 19, 2009, at the Decorah Lutheran Church with Rev. Tom Pietz and Rev. Allen Vik officiating. Inurnment will be held in the spring at the Lutheran Cemetery, Decorah, IA.
Friends may call from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Schluter - Balik Funeral Home in Decorah, and after 10:00 a.m. at the church on Monday morning.
Michael Raymond Schroeder was born on May 19, 1983, the son of Mark and Pam (Haugen) Schroeder in Decorah, Iowa. Michael attended school at Fayette, Turkey Valley and graduated from Waterloo East High School in 2003. Michael was with Comprehensive Systems in Waterloo, until 2005, when he moved back to Decorah. He worked with Opportunity Homes and Spectrum from October 2005 to Nov. 2007. He was at LaCrosse Lutheran until January 2008 and has been a resident at Grandview Nursing and Rehab Center in Oelwein since then. Michael loved his CD's, DVD's, videos and playing cards. He enjoyed the music of George Jones, Elvis and Johnny Cash and liked to watch Johnny Carson and Jay Leno. Michael was a very social person and enjoyed all people. Michael was a member of the Decorah Lutheran Church.
Michael is survived by his mother: Pam Schroeder, Decorah, IA. His father: Mark Schroeder, Ossian, IA. One brother: Mark (Lisa) Schroeder, Jr., Decorah, IA. One sister: Tarissa Ann Schroeder, Onalaska, WI. One nephew: Mason Lee Schroeder, Decorah, IA. His maternal grandparents: Theola and Gerald Haugen, Decorah, IA. His paternal grandmother: Ramona Schroeder, Ossian, IA. Four aunts: Terry Casterton, Decorah, IA; Karen (Dan) Henry, Ridgeway, IA; Lynda (Phillip) Wilkerson, Litchfield, KY; Sandra Horsfall, Ossian, IA; Jennifer (Dale) Leuenberger, Ft. Atkinson, IA; and Zettalee (Billy) Gowen, Salida, CO. Two uncles: Jesse (Lori) Schroeder, Ft. Atkinson, IA and Tim Schroeder, Houston, TX, along with many cousins and friends.
Michael was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather: Ray Haugen in 1981. Paternal grandfather: Leonard Schroeder in 2008. Two uncles: Michael Schroeder in 2007 and Jon Horsfall in 2008.