Darrell Herbert Schroeder
May 17, 1923 – June 1, 2018
Darrell Herbert Schroeder, of Portland, OR, passed away on June 1, 2018. Darrell was born in Albany, OR to Herbert A. Schroeder and Mabel Elizabeth Beeson Schroeder on May 17, 1923. Darrell had one brother, Ed, who was nine years older. Darrell graduated from Mill City High School in 1941. After serving three years in the Army during WWII in North Africa and Italy, Darrell completed a Bachelor’s of Science in Forest Engineering from Oregon State College. It was during this time he read a newspaper clip that included a photo of Patricia Meisinger, who had just returned from USO service in the South Pacific, where she served as a talented accordion musician. Darrell and Patricia went on to marry on September 8, 1946. Together, they raised two children, Julie and Scott, and enjoyed 71 years of marriage. Darrell worked 41 years for Stimson Lumber Company and retired as President and CEO of Stimson Lumber. His career took his family to Crescent City, California for 23 years, where he eventually served as President of Crescent City Rotary Club, the California Forest Protection Association, the California Redwood Association and the Redwood Inspection Service. He later served on the Board of the World Forestry Center, and had recently been inducted into the Leadership Hall of The World Forestry Center. A true outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fly fishing, tennis and golf. He enjoyed spending time with family in Sun River at their vacation home. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Patricia Schroeder; children Julie Reeves and Scott (Mary) Schroeder; grandchildren Tyler Reeves, Erin Schroeder and David (Michelle) Schroeder; great-grandchildren Preston Day, Adelynn and Norah Schroeder and one expected Schroeder great-grandson in August 2018.
- Funeral Service Saturday, June 9, 2018
- Reception Saturday, June 9, 2018
- Graveside Service Saturday, June 9, 2018
Darrell Herbert Schroeder
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June 9, 2018
Have so many memories of Uncle Darrell !! Have vivid memories of Darrell making me eat tomatoes in my salads (which I didn't like at the time)!! Remember going to Gasquet and playing tennis and swimming in the Smith River and going to the Rusty Nail, I think it was called. I remember that Darrell was a demon on the tennis court. He was hard to beat !!! I remember all the social gatherings with all of Darrells good friends like Dottie and Gordan and Hank and Bev and many others. I, of course, also remember my day trip from Portland to San Francisco on a private company jet.....WOW.....living the Pacific Northwest High Life !!!! Of course, I can't forget the summer that Darrell made me work on his property and paint his fence white and throw hay bails in the back of some truck and take to the big red barn. Loads of cherished memories with Pat, Julie and Scott and Mary and others. Darrell was such an incredible person, incredible businessman, incredible father, husband, uncle..and an incredible Beaver!! A true Oregon State Renaissance Man !!! RIP Darrell H Schroeder.........
Your Oregon Duck Nephew,
June 6, 2018
I had the pleasure and honor of meeting Darrell when I wrote his brief biography for the Leadership Hall of the World Forestry Center (WFC). Darrell was part of a great generation of Northwest lumberman and foresters who served in World War II and then led a key industry through an important period of American growth. To learn more about Darrell's colorful, productive life, you can find his biography in the Leadership Hall of the WFC's Discovery Museum in Portland's Washington Park. The biography also appears online on the WFC's website at this link: https://www.worldforestry.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/SCHROEDER-DARRELL.pdf
June 5, 2018
I believe the first time I actually met Darrell was at a Fernhopper Banquet I attended with my dad around 1974. I remember my dad speaking so highly of both Darrell and Ed Schroeder as they all graduated from Oregon State about the same time and how successful and highly respected they were by the timber industry . It was at that banquet that I met Scott and Mary for the first time and later became Scott's classmate in Forest Engineering at Oregon State. Scott and I would talk shop (logging, etc.) and talk about our dads and things they tried to teach us. It was after graduating from OSU and after working in Idaho for a couple of years, that I had the privilege to come back to Oregon and work for Stimson Lumber under Scott, Ted Lilly and Darrell. Those were some of my best and scariest experiences. One of those experiences involved slash burning. We were working on the Grand Ronde Tree Farm and had prepared a logging unit for burning. Everything was in place for favorable wind conditions, fire trails, etc. ; we started to light the slash with a helicopter and developed some heat, when all of a sudden the wind changed direction 180 degrees and things got really serious. I remember Scott calling the office to get help from the North Unit, logging crews, and the State Forestry Department to try an contain it. It wasn't long before Darrell showed up on site to see how things were going and allowed us to make decisions but added his support and suggestions to deal with the scary situation. I felt he treated me like my dad, knowing we could count on his support when we needed it and given the opportunity to learn from our mistakes. I felt that as an employee, we were treated as family. Another occasion was the lumber market was not good and cutting costs would have to be made. Darrell said there wouldn't be making cuts to the health insurance as the family was so important. Darrell was a good father figure and fine example of a man.