Larry Dean Schroder

March 26, 1949June 28, 2018

Larry Dean Schroder, born to Emil Fred Gottlieb Schroder and Edna Malinda Schroder on March 26, 1949, grew up on the family farm in Okarche, OK. He was the second youngest in the family of 7 children. His siblings include Rosalie, Karen, Jan, Donna, Emil Jr., and Keith.

Larry was a Christian. He was fun, loving, reliable, and didn’t know a stranger. He was a helper to anyone. He was the kind of guy that everyone liked to be around. He was gentle and a peace maker. He brightened the room when he entered and when he left the room he was missed.

Larry was good at almost everything except for being a pig farmer. The story goes like this. He won a pig at the Okarche Fair and the deal was the winner had to bring a pig back next year in keeping with the tradition and keep any additional pigs for themselves. Well, Larry’s sow didn’t quite deliver as expected. Pigs typically have 8-10 in their litter but not this one. It only had two. So, Larry thought he would at least have the momma (sow) and one baby pig to keep. But, his luck in the Pig Farming world was not so good. The momma smothered one of the two leaving Larry with only one pig which had to go back to the fair. Needless to say, he did not pursue the Pig industry. To this day, his brothers love to tell this story.

He was often called “Big L” since he was the tallest in the family and maybe in his school.

He graduated from Okarche High School in 1967. He attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University and Oklahoma State University but was and still is an avid OU fan, Boomer Sooner!

He was a self-employed residential General Contractor for 25 year with the company he and Sharon owned, Schroder Custom Homes and Remodeling.

Larry enjoyed traveling, hunting, fishing, golfing, building anything, and playing with his grandkids. His favorite place was anywhere there was family. He enjoyed family! He loved to watch old westerns, especially John Wayne, and enjoyed country music and golden oldies. He could often be heard at the end of a long day telling the grandkids that “his dogs were barkin’.”

Larry was president of the FFA in high school, served in the Army Reserves, grew up in the Lutheran Church in Okarche, OK. Since moving to Texas he has been a member of St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Plano, TX.

Larry’s favorite family traditions were making Schroder sausage and playing Pitch (a card game) with the family.

Larry married Sharon Elaine Lee on February 5th, 1971. They were married in Eakly, OK. They celebrated their 47th Anniversary this year. They have three sons, Chad, Jeff, and Marty. They have 6 grandchildren and one granddaughter on the way. Alexa, Halle, Lake, Cassidy, Hall, and Wyatt. The 7th grandchild is due to arrive in September.

Larry was preceded in death by his father Emil, his mother Edna, and sisters Karen and Donna. Larry is survived by his wife Sharon Schroder, his son Chad Schroder and wife Brooke and their children Halle and Cassidy, his son Jeff Schroder and wife Brandy and their children Alexa, Lake and Hall, and his son Marty Schroder and Sarah Robinson and their child Wyatt with a little sister due on September 26th.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a memorial contribution to one of the following charities in honor of Larry listed below.


  • Visitation Thursday, July 5, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, July 6, 2018

Larry Dean Schroder

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Patty Kirby

August 2, 2018

We had just really gotten to know our cousin Larry in the past three years when he, Sharon, and Aunt Margie would come up to KC and visit for brother Dale’s annual barbeque. We cherished these times and looked forward to their visit each year.

Larry immediately became one of our favorites. He had a really good heart and was warm, gentle, funny, and certainly mischievous. We have such fond memories of when he would get that smile and proceed with some sort of mischief.

Memories of trips around KC, eating well, working on a puzzle (till 3:00 in the morning to finish), shared stories of his life, photos of their trips, kids and grandkids are just some of our fond memories.

We will certainly miss Larry as we go forward. We were particularly excited about taking some trips together and future visits both here and in Texas.

We were so shocked and saddened to hear of the news of Larry’s passing. We send our love, support, and thoughts to Sharon, her family, and those impacted by this great loss.

An author once wrote (paraphrased): What a caterpillar calls the end of the world is in reality a butterfly.

Love you always,
Patty (Scott) & Jim Kirby

Butch and Margie Hamilton

July 8, 2018

We loved our friend Larry, he was married to my schoolmate and friend, Sharon. We were so sorry to hear of his passing. We were in disbelief as we know everyone was.
We have many fond memories of him. Our Fort Cobb Lake camping trips were unforgettable. We all had small children and more on the way. Larry was always helping out, whether it be grilling up a delicious meal, watching the little ones swim, or dove hunting with the guys. Fried dove was certainly a treat for us all. Sharon and Larry were great water skiers and a joy to watch.
Larry was fun to be around. There are several lake stories like sleeping in his wet bathing suit. We are sure he would have liked to have forgotten that one.
He was always a good sport no matter how much trouble my husband, Butch, and the other guys got him into.
We will miss him with much sadness, but much happiness for knowing him. He was a wonderful, caring friend.
Prayers for his loving wife Sharon and sons, Chad, Jeff, Marty and their families as they deal with their grief in the days ahead. We know a smile will grace all of our faces when we think of him with much love. He was one of a kind!!!

Nancy & Rebecca Brenner

July 7, 2018

Dear Sharon and Family,
Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. We know how difficult it is to lose a Spouse, Father, and Grandfather. Larry was such a talented, fun loving person. May your memories give you some comfort as you go through the grieving process. Love and hugs, Nancy & Rebecca

Edmond Bollo

July 6, 2018

Since our fist encounter at a tailgate event during an OU/TX game, while meeting up with my to-become wife Shelly, “his favorite niece” (no offense everyone else), I loved being around Uncle Larry.
He always made sure one felt welcome and had a good time. Although I was new to the Schroder family, “Uncle Larry” was the kind of person, whom after a very short time, you feel as you’ve always known them.
Genuinely caring about people, always ready to help with his knowledge and very humble. Uncle Larry thought me how to tile a bathroom while coming to our rescue after our home flooded in Dallas. That was just one of the many times he assisted us with his great talent “magic hands”.
He was always willing to share his time and his family: countless trips to the lake with him enjoying his boat and letting us being along our other friends and family from Europe. Everyone whom I’ve introduced Uncle Larry to on my side of the family remembers him and is missing him.
He was just that kind of person, loving, genuinely caring, leaving a long lasting impression in your memories.

Chris Garrett

July 5, 2018

I was honored too meet Larry through my business partner Marty. In the amount of time I spent with Larry, I really enjoyed my time spent working with him! The haggling between son and father was priceless, but Larry always knew best.. And the one thing that I will remember him the most was the grin he had talking about his family. Every single one from sons too daughter in laws too grand children ( sharons pride and joy too). My deapest condolences too your family..

Linda & William Bouiti

July 5, 2018

We met Larry through Shelly & Edmond Bollo, and Linda & Emil Schroder. Linda [Bouiti] and Sharon also randomly worked together for the same organization a couple years ago. Larry was always very welcoming and fun to be around. One of our best memories was during a Schroder family trip when Larry invited us on his boat, he was very encouraging to Linda [Bouiti] who always had a fear of boat rides, but she stayed onboard thanks to Larry’s jokes. Our hearts go out to Sharon and family in these trying times.

Shelly Bollo

July 4, 2018

“My” Uncle Larry,
Felt like that, just mine!
He had this unique way of making you feel so special. He embodied my Grandpa, with his kind spirit, gentle ways, carpentry skills and his Blue eyes!!
He always greeted me with a “hi sweetie”, a hug and kiss on the top of my head!

Favorite memories of him are too numerous to count! Family holidays spent at the Farm where he, my Dad, and Uncle Keith would gather in Grandma and Grandpas utility room and tell jokes, stories, have a “coke”, and laugh so much that you could no longer distinguish whose voice was who!

Card games, Christmas Dirty Santa, him taking us to visit the cows where you quickly figured out the birds and the 🐝 ‘s! As a child. Mountain oysters- enjoyed them until Kyle told me what they were!!
Sitting together as a family at Grandma and Grandpas Church, Easter egg hunt at the Piedmont house,

Family lake trips where I think he taught every child, myself included how to water ski! I can remember Jeff yelling hit it, and I would desperately try to hang on to the rope while water was engulfing my swimsuit bottoms and dragging me through the water until my flailing arms would just let go. Then He would patiently circle around me with the boat my tired face bobbing in the water and encourage me to try again! After several failed attempts, multiple people telling me what to do he jumped in the water with me and got me up! He never gave up on me that’s just who he was!! I could go on forever, but he’s in every fabric of my memories of my family get togethers that are etched in my mind!

I will miss him tremendously and his smile infectious laughter, and presence- especially at the family lake trips but I feel so blessed to be born into this family and to be loved by Him!!

I love you Uncle Larry !

Sarah Milburn

July 3, 2018

I was lucky enough to know Uncle Larry for my whole life. I have countless memories with him from spending time on his sparkly red boat to his love of being with the family playing cards. One of my favorite things was his continuous happiness.

When I was in the hospital trying to adapt to being paralyzed I was unsure of my future. But Uncle Larry and Aunt Sharon were there, spending numerous hours with me. You gave me strength, hope, and most importantly joy. I can never thank you enough for that.

I know I will see him again. I will be walking to him in heaven with my arms open wide and I can’t wait for him to say “hey sweetie” and give me a hug.

Mark Leonard

July 3, 2018

When I think of Uncle Larry, I hear him laughing, especially when playing cards. He always seemed to have a smile on his face. He was such a great role model and he reminded me a lot of his father, Emil, my Grandpa. I’m so grateful that last fall when he and Aunt Sharon were in Kansas City, that he called and we had dinner. He was just as I remember him growing up.

My heart goes out to my Aunt Sharon and my cousins, Chad, Jeff, and Marty. I know you will miss him dearly.


July 3, 2018

I have so many beautiful memories of my Uncle Larry. He will always have a special place in my heart. I will miss him.

I remember spending many great times with him through the years. From running around as a kid out at the farm to being part of our family today. He was always kind, loving, understanding and a teacher to me. He helped our family with so many things over the years – from remodeling our house, helping out with our kids when they were younger to helping with Sarah’s new bedroom - building shelves, head board and bathroom storage. We enjoyed our special times together in Dallas for family meals. Over the past couple of years, Uncle Larry and Aunt Sharon spent endless hours helping with Sarah in the hospital and at our house.
They were always there for us. We love them both dearly.

I hope that Uncle Larry enjoys love, peace, family and a good card game in heaven.