Dennis G. Schroeder, age 86, of Kronenwetter, passed away on Monday, May 1, 2023, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital after a battle with cancer.
Dennis was born on July 12, 1936, in La Crosse, Wisconsin, to the late Gerhard and Alicia (Papenfuss) Schroeder. He married Mary Eisner on January 27, 1969, in Waukegan, Illinois.
Dennis was a State Trooper and a pilot for the Wisconsin State Patrol. He spent hours and hours over the course of 25 years circling highways and looking for victims. He retired in 1990, being glad to have “done it”, but also glad that it was over.
Following retirement, Dennis embarked on a two-month journey to Canada where with a fellow adventurer he canoed hundreds of miles down the Nahanni River. Immediately following his return from this journey, he turned back around to head to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota, an event he had enjoyed attending many times.
Not content with just traveling to Sturgis, Dennis was an accomplished motorcycle rider and traveled coast to coast on one of his Harleys.
During retirement, Dennis performed a variety of duties including administering NORDEG, a drug enforcement grant, for the Marathon County Sheriff's Department.
In his later years, Dennis continued to amaze people with his powers of recollection and recitation, regaling anyone who would care to listen or ask with poetry and song, or conversing in German. Dennis also enjoyed spending time with his family.
Dennis is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mary Schroeder; sons Kurt (Sabine) and Erik (Angela) Schroeder; grandchildren Alora (Adam) Kramer, Kiran, Dillan, and Satori Schroeder; and great grandson Weston Kramer. He is further survived by two brothers and many other relatives.
A private family funeral service was held on May 5, 2023. Friends and family are invited to attend a Celebration of Dennis’ Life on Saturday, May 20, 2023, from 12:00 PM until 5:00 PM at the Kronenwetter Municipal Center, 1582 I-39 Frontage Rd, Kronenwetter, WI 54455. Food and refreshments will be provided.