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Western Slope Obituaries 10-8-11

Charles Schroeder, 64, of Montrose, Colo., passed away October 1, 2011.

He was born Nov. 23, 1946, in Hotchkiss, Colo., to Herman and Mary (Ross) Schroeder. He spent his childhood on Redlands Mesa and was active in football and wrestling. He won first place in state championships his junior year. He graduated from Hotchkiss High School in 1967 and received a wrestling scholarship to Lamar Junior College. He later transferred to Adams State College.

Charles married Rubie Nicodemus

in 1970. The marriage ended in divorce

in 1989.

He was drafted into the United States Army in 1971 and served until 1973. He was a carpenter, fruit picker, beekeeper, milked cows for Wick Dairy and held numerous coal mining jobs. he worked at West Elk Mine as a mechanic electrician for the past 13 years.

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Charles enjoyed keeping horses and goats, spending time with his family, gardening, fishing, riding his ATV on Grand Mesa, and having breakfast with friends. He was an avid reader and enjoyed learning about a wide range of topics.

He is survived by a son, Ben Schroeder of Austin, Colo.; two daughters, Tammi Scheetz and her husband Jeff of Montrose, Colo., and Lorena Pedford and her husband Toby of Oklahoma City, Okla.; five grandchildren, Philip Scheetz and Ryan Scheetz, both of Montrose, Colo., Samara Pedford, Alaysia Pedford and Liberty Pedford, all of Oklahoma City, Okla.; two brothers and their wives, Roy and Myrneta Schroeder of Austin, Colo., and Jim and Jeannie Schroeder of Neosho, Mo.; his twin sister and her husband, Charlene and David Dorsey of Paonia, Colo.; a brother-in-law, Melvin Cunningham of Cory, Colo.; and numerous nices, nephews

and cousins.

He was preceded in death by a son, Christopher Schroeder; a sister, Carolyn Cunningham; and a brother, Ron Schroder.

Services were held October 8, 2011 at the Calvary Baptist Church in Delta, Colo.

Interment will follow at Eckert Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grand Mesa Oncology at Delta Memorial Hospital, 1501 E. 3rd Street, Delta, Colo., 81416.