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Raymond Schroeder

October 12, 1943 — March 21, 2024

Raymond Schroeder lived an ordinary life, but he did it in extraordinary ways.  A proud graduate of Wheaton College, he lived his life according to the motto of his alma mater, “For Christ and His Kingdom.”  The Gospel clearly shaped him – he knew he was flawed and needed Jesus to die for him, and he was overwhelmed daily that Jesus loved him so much to do just that.  Ray was humble, quick to forgive, served sacrificially, and never ceased to encourage his family and others from church lobbies, bleachers, auditorium seats, ball fields and all over venues.   

A diligent worker with great integrity, he worked in research as a toxicologist for almost 50 years. Ray was sought after by colleagues, loyal to friends, and faithful to his family, especially his wife of over 58 years.  He loved to listen and learn and spent countless hours reading biographies about famous historical figures and the events that defined them. He wasn’t a big talker, and we never heard him curse; however, he was a big joker and laughter followed him wherever he went.  

Jesus said two things will never pass away – the Word of God and His people.  Our dad loved these more than anything else.   Though anyone that knew him will know that fishing was a very close third, and his love of wildlife and the rest of God’s creation followed right behind.   

Ray was born to Elsie and Elmer Schroeder in Chicago.  He lost his father at the age of 3 and his mother at 18 years of age, subsequently living with his dear sister, Judy until he was married.   Wheaton College came into play again as an important part of his life because there he met his wife and best friend, Carolyn.  They raised their three children Jodi, Jill and Dan in New Jersey, then built their empty nest in Michigan. They traveled to Illinois, Florida, and Croatia to meet their 9 grandchildren, and “face-timed” Germany to greet their great grandson. He also loved spending time with and talking with his extended family.

Though Ray was tall in stature, it was his big personality and generous spirit that made him stand out in a room.  He made a huge impact on the world around him, and he will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him.  

Memorial services for Ray will be held at Calvary Bible Church 855 S Drake Rd. Kalamazoo, MI 49009. Visitation will be held Friday, April 5, 2024 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The memorial service will be Saturday, April 6, 2024 at 11:00 am.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to one of the following organizations which were near and dear to Ray’s heart.  

Camp Spofford P.O. Box 162 Spofford, NH 03462

Kalamazoo Gospel Ministries 448 N. Burdick St. Kalamazoo, MI 49007 

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Friday, April 5, 2024

4:00 - 6:00 pm (Eastern time)

Calvary Bible Church (Kalamazoo)

855 South Drake Road, Kalamazoo, MI 49009

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Memorial Service

Saturday, April 6, 2024

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Calvary Bible Church (Kalamazoo)

855 South Drake Road, Kalamazoo, MI 49009

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