OBITUARY

Gordon F Schroeder

May 24, 1940November 23, 2018

The Reverend Dr. Fr. Gordon F. Schroeder of Carrollton, TX lived fully alive every moment of his 78 years before stepping off this planet on November 23, 2018 and into his Welcome Home party where he was joyously welcomed by Jesus, his parents David and Elizabeth Schroeder, his siblings Dorothy Wiebe, Ed Schroeder, Wilbur Schroeder, Theresa Franz, and Raymond Schroeder, as well as many others who have gone before. Born in Liberal, KS on May 24th, 1940, he brought great joy into the world of his parents and seven siblings of Adams, OK. He grew up in a German Mennonite farming community near Adams, milking cows, harvesting wheat, bucking bales, singing in a Gospel quartet, and playing basketball, kick the can, and “Pop and Wilbur Construction Company.” He graduated from Adams High School in 1959 and from Panhandle A&M in 1963 with a Bachelor of Science degree. After feeling called to ministry, Gordon attended Dallas Theological Seminary obtaining his Master of Theology in 1966 and Doctor of Ministry in 1986. He met his beautiful bride, Martha, at Hidden Falls Ranch (Wayside, TX) where he was the camp chaplain in 1968. They married in 1969, just six months after meeting! They would not recommend that to other couples but that short engagement worked for them. He pastored Gruver Bible Church in Gruver, TX; Paramount Community Church in Amarillo, TX; and Carrollton Bible Church in Carrollton, TX. He also served as an elder at Grace Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Arlington, TX for many years. On January 30, 2011, he was ordained as a priest in the Anglican Church of North America and most recently served as the Associate Pastor at Church of the Resurrection in Flower Mound, TX. In the years when he wasn’t officially employed by a church, you could find Gordon pastoring the people he connected with during his time as a Bible salesman, limousine driver, a GED and Alternative School teacher for DISD and Carrollton/Farmers Branch. He was a math teacher and basketball coach at American Heritage Academy, and Medicare Insurance specialist. He touched the lives of everyone he encountered whether it was the barista at Dunn Brothers, the local dry cleaners, his parishioners, friends, neighbors, or his beloved family. He thrived on gathering with family. He faithfully attended every extended family reunion, funeral, and wedding that he could, not to mention his immediate family’s concerts, ball games, recitals, graduations, and birthday parties. His life passion was to represent Jesus well by loving everyone in his path and sharing the Gospel through his words and, most importantly, with his life. Gordon was well-known for his love of Scripture, having committed several books of the Bible to memory. He brought the memorized passages to life by reciting them “in character” as the Apostle Paul or Peter or some other Bible character. He also thoroughly enjoyed square dancing, working on house projects, taking long bike rides, spending peaceful mornings and evenings in their flower garden, and traveling with his beloved wife Martha. Whenever possible he spent time with his wife and daughters discussing life, theology, and politics; working on projects and playing golf with his sons-in-law, and connecting with his grandchildren over meals, in a trampoline park, bowling alley or arcade, over a good game of Mexican Train, and passing on family traditions and his deep faith heritage during Camp NeePaw and family gatherings. He faithfully prayed with his dear wife for each of these by name every day as well as countless others. Friends and family alike describe Gordon as being kind, lovely, compassionate, accepting, loyal, faithful, tender, playful, funny, humble, determined, resilient, forgiving, unwavering, steadfast and loving. He led many people to know Jesus and discipled countless others with gentle wisdom, sharing generously from his heart. He remained convinced throughout his entire life that Jesus is the answer to living a life full of purpose and served his Savior faithfully in every area of life with honesty, humility, and integrity. He is survived by his beloved wife Martha of nearly 50 years, his three precious daughters: Heather Harbaugh of Arlington, TX; Meagan Brown of Austin, TX; and Elizabeth Lindow of Denver, CO; his fantastic sons-in-law Lee Harbaugh, Chase Brown, and Tim Lindow, his nine dearly loved grandchildren Suzanne, Josh, Melinda, Kaden, Rachel and Emily Harbaugh; and Elias, Merin, and Tessa Brown; his beautiful sisters Eldena Friesen and Elizabeth Sherrill as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Viewing and service details are as follows: Viewing: Wednesday, November 28 from 6-8 p.m. at Rolling Oaks Funeral Home, 400 Freeport Pkwy, Coppell, TX 75019. Graveside Service: Thursday, November 29 at 11:30 a.m. at Hilltop Memorial, 1810 Perry Rd, Carrollton, TX 75006. Memorial Service: Thursday, November 29 at 2 p.m. at Church of the Holy Communion, 17405 Muirfield Drive, Dallas, TX 75287 followed by a reception open to all. Gifts of flowers may be sent to Rolling Oaks Funeral Home in Coppell. Gifts in memoriam may also be contributed to: Hidden Falls Ranch: http://www.hiddenfallsranch.com/donate1.html and Church of the Resurrection Building Fund "Schroeder Hall": http://www.churchoftheres.com/generosity/

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, November 28, 2018
  • Committal Service Thursday, November 29, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Thursday, November 29, 2018
  • Reception Thursday, November 29, 2018
REMEMBERING

Gordon F Schroeder

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Dean Carson

November 28, 2018

Martha and family,
In remembering all the good times we had together I am so thankful for the memories I have of Gordon. He and all of you helped me through some tough years of my life. Those pancake breakfasts on snowy days are such good memories. I am still teaching but will be 89 my next birthday and I am almost blind so I can no longer read music. I am sad at Gordon's going bsut am rejoicing that he is with our Lord. Dean Carson

FROM THE FAMILY