Clarence Arthur Schroeder
Clarence Arthur Schroeder went to be with Jesus early Monday morning, May 27, 2013. He was born on February 26, 1925 and lived his whole life in Britton and Tecumseh, Mich. He was fondly called many names. He was called Dad by his children: Thomas (Pamela) Schroeder of Milan, Mich; Richard (Diane) Schroeder of Carson City, Mich; Mary (Mark) Tommelein of Tecumseh, Mich. He was called “Opa” by his grandchildren and their spouses (Heidi, Emily, Andrew, Craig, Krista, Jacob, Melissa, and Matt) and their spouses and by his 15 great-grandchildren. He was also called “Uncle,” “Yogi,” “Boss,” “Colonel,” by many, many friends and relatives. You see, he never met a stranger that didn’t quickly become a friend. Clarence was preceded in death by his wife, Rosemary (Gibson); parents, Arthur and Lavina (Price), and five brothers. He is survived by his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and by a very special friend, Jane Griggs, brother Don (Margaret), and many nieces and nephews.
Opa loved spending time with family and friends and playing euchre, dancing the polka, traveling, raising sheep, chickens, and hunting, gardening and giving away his produce, and cheering on his beloved Tigers.
He had wisdom way beyond his education and loved sharing his faith in Jesus in his own unique way. One could marvel at his memory for the people he knew in the countryside — about anybody and everyone, where they lived in the county, who they were related to, and many other details of their lives. But you never heard an unkind word about anyone.
He was a lifelong member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Britton, where he served faithfully in various roles. He trusted in Jesus as his Lord and Savior. He was a farmer all his life and he was a beloved bus driver (Yogi) for Britton-Macon Schools.
Clarence will truly be missed by all who were blessed to know him. But his family and friends can celebrate with him, knowing that the victory is won through Jesus!
Visitation for Clarence will be at the Tecumseh Chapel of Handler Funeral Home from 3-8 p.m. on Thursday, May 30. The funeral service will be 11 a.m. on Friday, May 31 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 9950 Ridge Highway, Britton with Rev. Don Kirchhoff and Rev. Thomas Schroeder both of Christ Our King Lutheran Church in Saline officiating. He will lie in state at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Interment will follow at Ridgeway Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Condolences and words of comfort may be sent to the family at www.handlerfuneralhomes.com.