Larry Dean Schroder
March 26, 1949 – June 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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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
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.
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.
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 !
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.
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.
July 3, 2018
I can't remember when I first met Larry, but we've been buddies for a while. We compared vacations and timeshare use and where we should go next. Randomly being in Kauai at the same time and having drinks at the bar, happy hours in Dallas, and get togethers in McKinney. Wherever it was, Larry always had a big hug for me and a smile on his face. I am sure I am not the only one who will miss both of those things. Big hugs to Sharon and the family.
Johnnie & Tommy Wells
July 2, 2018
We became friends with Larry and Sharon more than 30 years ago. Great family and a great friend, Larry was blessed with one and cultivated the other. He had a keen sense of humor, he was a real cut-up. Tommy always accused him of “stirring things up” especially when it came to the love of his life and soul mate, Sharon.
The Schroder’s were just fun and for us great travel companions . We took road trips as well as around the world cruises. One of our last cruises together was a 49 day from Hong Kong -Australia-New Zealand. The ship was plagued with problems and they cancelled all scheduled stops for New Zealand, a major disappointment. But, never fear Larry is here to save the day. So, we rented a car and Larry offered to do all of the driving. Now, New Zealand drives on the wrong/left side of the road. But, Larry was never intimidated by a challenge he says “no problem” and off we go with Sharon navigating. Now, if you know Sharon she is not always clear on her rights and lefts. Larry overcome that challenge also.
In a nutshell, we had the best time. We toured both the North and South Islands of New Zealand in eight days. Larry drove every mile, he was an excellent driver. We were able to see and do more than we would have ever been able to do from the cruise ship. For us, those eight days were the highlight of our 49 day trip. Larry gave us an adventure of a lifetime and it will be our most cherished and fondest memory of him.
Larry was our friend and we will miss him greatly, R.I.P. We love you man!
July 2, 2018
One of my favorite people! His smile, his vigor for life, his love of Sharon and their family was inspirational!
Larry oversaw some updating I had done in my house while I was on staff at St. Andrew - he was such fun to work with.
He was one of the good guys - he will be missed tremendously!
July 1, 2018
I don’t even know where to start... This MAN took me into his family and accepted me at a very pivotal age and time in my life. Showed me nothing but love, kindness, and knowledge. Mama Sharon, as you read this I want you to know that YOU too, are one of my saviors. I am so sorry for your loss... I have sooo many fond memories I don’t even know where to start. From the okra, to the sausage, to the smell of fresh cut timber in the garage, to the moving of a 100,000 lb safe to the basement on a muddy yard placing one piece of plywood in front of the other with a front porch full of pizza waiting. The Ford Ranger with a rack on the bed that was pivotal in the making of so many happy homes. But the happiest home you ever made, was for me, just by accepting me in during a tumultuous time in my life... I hope you’re reading this now and have even the smallest inclination of the impact your loving character and smile has impacted my life, which has rippled through so many others... One of the greatest men I’ve ever had, if not the most influential, to bless me.... That is, and will always be “Big L”... 🙏🏻❤️
July 1, 2018
Larry had a way of making people in the room feel noticed and important, a trait that not many people have today. While he didn’t know me very well, any time I saw him (usually at the lake or during a “Schroder Sausage” making party), he would walk up to me and remember my name and ask me how I was doing. He had a huge smile, a big presence, and a gentle demeanor about him. His son Jeff has been a long time dear friend and mentor of mine and I am thankful for Larry’s influence on Jeff’s life that has made an incredible impact on mine. Our love and prayers are with the Schroder family.
July 1, 2018
Sharon and family
The prayers of David and Sandy Schroder and family in Austin, Texas are for you.
We thank God for Larry and growing up together in Okarche.
The Lord be with you.
Sandy and David
July 1, 2018
Marty. “ aka Marticus”
I am so sorry to hear about your dad! I know how much he meant to you! There was such pride in your voice when you spoke of him. You and your family are in my prayers. 🙏🙏🙏
July 1, 2018
My story of the man Larry was:
Snow Skiing Trip to Purgatory, Colorado,
Spring Break 1980
My first time ever with novice’s., like Emil,(Larry’s brother) Larry & Sharon. Chartered bus from OKC, that in itself is another story. 🤣🤣
We get to the mountain too late for me to go to ski lessons. Oh come on we will teach you.🤔🤔🤔
So we head to the lift clothed in our water repellant sprayed jeans. Remember my first time ever. I successfully get off the lift🙏🏻🙏🏻
Emil hollers snow plow, I think a real machine is coming so I try to get off the path into the trees. No prior explanation of what that really meant.
That is just the beginning of my falling, bouncing, flipping, crashing all over the path as people are trying to not ski over my sprawled our body. Then we hit the moguls, I successfully fly over a few, but mostly just bump, bounce, flip, crash with my skis going every direction & oh those dang poles.
Half way down the mountain Emil realizes the athlete I am NOT!!! He skis off saying I ‘ll see you at the bottom.
Thanks to our sweet Larry. He helps me as though I was one of his precious grandkids. He attempts to properly teach me as the first timer I really was.
We meet Sharon and Emil at the bottom of the slope as it is turning dusk and they are enjoying a relaxing time in the lodge. Later we are told that was one of the hardest runs on the mountain. Not the bunny slopes !!
I seriously think I would still be on the top of that mountain if it hadn’t of been for Larry.!!!
This is just an example of the kind, loving incredible MAN he was.
I loved him as though he were my own brother. Linda Schroder
July 1, 2018
I am so sad over the news I heard yesterday about Larry. A wonderful husband to Sharon, a brother, a friend, a son in law, a great grandfather, a father in law and most of all a father of 3 awesome young men that will carry his awesome traits throughout their lives and impart to their children. I will always remember how personable and genuine he was to me. He always had a smile on his face. Total jokester. I had so much admiration for the relationship he had with each of his sons. He is an all around great man who will be forever missed by me as well as many many others.
June 30, 2018
This is so sad. The world lost a good man when Larry passed. I've known the Schroders' for the last 25 years and have thought of Larry and Sharon as surrogate parents. I had a pretty rough patch in my youth, and they were always there with an ear or a hand. I've never forgotten their kindness. My thoughts and prayers go out to Sharon, Chad, Jeff, and Marty. This is terrible news. Larry will be missed.