Allen El­mer “Al” / “Pa” Schroeder, 81, was called to his heavenly home unexpectedly on Sunday, July 21, 2019.

Allen was born Aug. 11, 1937, in Momence, Ill., to Elmer and Louise Schroeder.

He married Nyla Jean Schroeder (née Katz) on June 3, 1956, in Grant Park, Ill., where he and Jean lived and raised their five children until his retirement from Ford.

Allen began working at the Ford Motor Co. Stamping Plant in 1956, and worked his way to the top retiring as plant superintendent.

Upon retirement, Allen moved to his beloved Eagle River, Wis., where he started his second career and dream job as a fishing guide.

Allen had three great loves: his family, friends and fishing and he was at his happiest when he was on the water, especially fishing with loved ones.

Allen also delighted in playing cards, being “aggravated” while playing a certain board game with his children and grandchildren, and golfing with his friends in Myrtle Beach.     

Allen is survived and will be dearly missed and forever loved by his high school sweetheart and wife of 63 years, Jean; daughters, Renee Schroeder of Rockford, Ill., Kim (Charlie) Goehl of Elmhurst, Ill. and Melissa (Chris) Benson of Grant Park; and son, Dave (Dawn) Schroeder of Grant Park.

He is also survived and will be forever remembered and treasured by his 10 grandchildren, Meghan (Jon) Brown, Micaela (Nick) Hastings, John Goehl, Christian, Chad, Caleb, Micaelyn and Caiden Benson, Tyler and Joshua Schroeder and his great granddaughter, Aria.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Michael Allen; and his brothers, Dale and Roland. 

A visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home, 304 East Division St., Eagle River.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 26, 2019, at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, 310 N. Meadow St., Grant Park.  There will be a brief visitation Friday at St. Peter’s beginning at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in Union Corners Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Allen’s name to St. Peter’s United Church of Christ.

Arrangements by Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home, Eagle River. Online condolences may be expressed at