Leo Schraeder, 93, died Sunday, March 10 at Western Plains Medical Complex, Dodge City.
Leo Schraeder, 93, died Sunday, March 10 at Western Plains Medical Complex, Dodge City. Leo was born on the family farm at Timken, Kan. to Emil and Lydia Schraeder October 23, 1919. Leo attended Rush County schools and graduated from Fort Hays University in 1941 taking his degree in Botany. After graduation Leo joined the Navy as a Lieutenant and proudly served as ships navigator for four years, primarily in the South Pacific. With the wars end, he was honorably discharged from the Navy whereupon he returned to Kansas to take over the family farm. There he met and married Dorothy Bucl on February 12, 1947. Their residence was the family farm south of Timken, upon which they raised four sons Mark Schraeder, Ward Schraeder, Bryce Schraeder, Kent Schraeder(deceased) and a grandson Major Brandon Schraeder, USAF. While residing on the family farm Leo earned his teaching certificate and acquired a job as the instructor of sciences at Rozel High School, later know as Pawnee Heights Unified School District. Because of his many varied interests he was able to inspire and encourage many of his students who later in life testified to his assistance in forming their lives. He stated many times what a great satisfaction this was to him. His life's passion was botany which culminated in his ability to develop and patent a wheat variety labeled TUT which is still being produced in many western states. Leo lived on the family farm with his wife and four sons. He was a devoted husband for 67 years. All four sons and his grandson were raised on the family farm as the third and forth generation of family members. Leo was a grandfather to 12 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Because of failing health Leo and Dorothy moved from the family farm to Fort Dodge in November of 2008. In addition to his wife, survivors are son, Mark and wife Alice Schraeder, Scottsdale, Ariz. and granddaughter, Sonja Schraeder, Phoenix, Ariz.; son, Ward and wife Trish Schraeder, Salina and granddaughter, Tamara Day and husband Bill, Leawood, Kan.; great-grandsons, Henry, Robert and Thomas, plus great-granddaughter, Eleanor; grandson, Caleb Schraeder and Ann Marie Johnson; great granddaughters, Abigail and Andee plus great-grandson, Brodie; grandson, Ben Schraeder and wife Jamie; granddaughter, Sara Schraeder and great-grandson Samuel; son, Bryce and wife Grace Schraeder, Vero Beach, Flor.; grandson, Major Brandon Schraeder, USAF, wife Jenny, great-granddaughters Kayle and Nina plus great grandson, Connor; grand-daughter, Stephanie Schraeder and husband, Juanito; great-grandsons, Leo and Georgio; granddaughter, Natasha Schraeder, Quito, Ecuador; and granddaughter, Bridgette Schraeder, Vero Beach. Leo was preceded in death by his son, Kent Schraeder and survived by Kent's children. grandson, PFC Logan Schraeder, US Army, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, granddaughter, Haley Schraeder, Wichita, and grandson, Ezra Schraeder, Wichita. Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the Ft. Dodge Chapel, Ft. Dodge, with Rev. Vernon Bogart officiating. There will be no public visitation, cremation has taken place. Friends may sign the register from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday at Ziegler Funeral Chapel, Dodge City. Private family inurnment will be at a later date at the family farm. The family suggests memorials to the Kansas Soldiers Home in care of Ziegler Funeral Chapel, 1901 N. 14th Ave., Dodge City, Kansas 67801. Condolences may be sent to www.zieglerfuneralchapel.com.