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Lyle Schroeder

Lyle Schroeder

Remsen, Iowa, formerly Granville

Lyle A. Schroeder, 83, of Remsen, formerly of Granville, died on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, at Orange City Area Health System in Orange City, Iowa.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Granville, with the Revs. Dan Greving and William McCarthy concelebrating, with Deacons Dan Goebel and Rick Roder assisting. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery at Granville. Visitation with family present will be 3 to 7 p.m. Sunda, with a rosary by the Knights of Columbus and a vigil prayer service, all at 5  p.m., at the church.  Condolences may be sent online to

Lyle Anthony Schroeder was born May 30, 1935, on a farm southeast of Remsen, to Clarence and Florence (Warborg) Schroeder.  Prior to his education, he survived polio which left him bedridden for many months at the age of five. Lyle attended St Catherine’s grade school in Oyens, Iowa, and graduated from Union Consolidated High School in 1953.

He was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Phyllis Kessenich, on Jan. 8, 1958. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Neptune, Iowa. Together they made their home on a farm southwest of Granville until 2010 when they relocated to Remsen. Along with their children, they farrowed sows and raised cattle as well as corn, soybeans and oats. Lyle thrived on hard work along with his dad and brothers; they bailed hay and straw, poured cement and maintained general farm construction. Lyle spent every healthy day of his life on the farm, but knew the kitchen as well as he knew the yard to assist with canning and butchering. He adapted new farm methods and technologies but was always true to his first love, Case IH machinery.

Lyle was an active member as a township trustee, Granville Jaycee, Farm Bureau Board and lifetime Remsen Knights of Columbus. Lyle was an active parishioner of St. Joseph Catholic Church as a parish lector and Eucharistic minister along with serving on the financial board. Lyle’s largest charity contribution was to the blood bank as a lifelong donor.

Lyle had a kind sense of humor to match the knowing smile under his Pioneer cap. He enjoyed playing pinochle, visiting friends and relatives, spending time with grandchildren including attendance at their countless events, dipping his cookie in coffee, planting and harvesting, raising livestock, driving his ATV (the Mule) and checking on what his sons were up to.  Lyle was a farmer who worked hard, a breadwinner who provided, a husband who was a loving and devoted caregiver to his wife, a father who raised his children, and a grandfather who loved his grandchildren.

Lyle is survived by his four children, Alan (Laurie Galles) Schroeder, Daniel (Julia Bunkers) Schroeder of Granville, Stephen (Michelle Cowan) Schroeder of Remsen, and Janet (Thomas) Zenk of Omaha; 22 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren and five on the way; brothers, Mark (Jeanette) Schroeder of Le Mars, Iowa, and Bill (Janys) Schroeder of Kingsley, Iowa; sisters, Doris (Bob) Gengler and Betty (Dick) Homan of Remsen; in-laws, Stanley Kessenich, John (Lois) Kessenich of Le Mars, Marge Schiltz of Remsen and Mary Ellen (Leo) Stessman of Omaha, and Dorothy (Larry) Ruhland of Le Mars; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; grandson, Jared John Schroeder; mother and father-in-law, Jack and Mae Kessenich; brother, Darrel (Cloette) Schroeder; sister, Marjorie Schroeder; two sisters-in-law, Marge Schroeder and Rosalene Kessenich; and two brothers-in-law, Cletus Schiltz, and Dale Kessenich.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Schroeder, Doug Schroeder, Randy Schroeder, Jacquie (Schroeder) Grinde, Russel Schroeder, Janelle (Schroeder) Bolton, Emily Zenk and Jack Zenk. Honorary bearers will be his grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church in Granville, St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Remsen, and Le Mars Area Dialysis Service, 1st Street SW, Le Mars.

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