Fred T. Schroeder, 86, of Quincy, died at 8:07 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, 2019, at Sunset Home in Quincy.
Born January 15, 1933, in Villa Crespo, Argentina, South America, Fred was a son of Theodore and Emilia Horn Schroeder. He married Marilyn Jean Myers on February 15, 1964, at Christ Lutheran Church in Normal, Illinois. She survives.
Fred was born and raised in Argentina, South America. His father was a missionary in the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church. Fred came to the United States in 1950 and became a citizen at that time. He served in Panama during the Korean War in the U.S. Army.
Mr. Schroeder attended Bradley School of Horology in Peoria, Illinois graduating in 1957. He was an accomplished jeweler and watchmaker. He began his career at Sorg Jewelers in Bloomington, Illinois and later partnered with Bill Frautschi to purchase Sorg Jewelers in Morton, Illinois. Fred continued his work in Bloomington as the owner of Carman/Schroeder Jewelers until his retirement in 2002. Following retirement, Fred and Marilyn moved to Quincy where Fred continued work as a part-time jeweler and watchmaker at Dame & Hurdle Company.
Fred had served as "Ambassador" for the Illinois Retail Jewelers Association, traveling Illinois as goodwill representative for jewelers. He served as past president of the Illinois Retail Jewelers Association and on the board of directors for many years. He also served the Central Illinois Watchmaker Association as a past president and board member. Fred served on the board of elders at Christ Lutheran Church in Normal, Illinois, and was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Quincy.
Survivors in addition to his wife are his daughter, Sara Renee Schroeder Bell (Craig), Bellevue, WA.; his son, Todd Mikel Schroeder, Camp Point; his grandson, Austin Martin Schroeder, Bellingham, WA.; his sister in law, Dorothy Schroeder, St. Louis, MO.; four nieces, Julie Schroeder, Kansas City, MO., Amber Matheny (Ryan), and Carrie Bobela (Tim), Richardson, TX., and her children, Austin, Andrea, and Ashley, and Martedi Schroeder, St. Louis, MO., and her son Clint; two nephews, Micko Schroeder, St. Louis, MO., and Shane Schroeder (Denise); and many cousins and family in the Moline/Coal Valley, Illinois area.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Walter E. Schroeder, and Richard Schroeder; and a niece, Carla Matheny.
A private family burial will be held at Evergreen Cemetery in Camp Point.
A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 5, 2019, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Quincy by Rev. Martin Eden.
Memorials may be made to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Lutheran Service Ministries, or the Alzheimer's Association.
Online condolences may be left at www.hamiltonfuneralhomes.net.
The Lummis Hamilton Funeral Home in Camp Point is handling the arrangements.