Walter G. “Walt” Schroeder, 94, returned home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 in Dallas, Oregon. He was born on October 20, 1927 at Hackensack Hospital in Hackensack, New Jersey. Her parents, Walter H. and Emma Auguste Elise Greiff Schroeder lived in the nearby town of Lyndhurst, NJ.
Walter attended elementary and elementary school in Maywood, NJ, where the family settled in 1939. Maywood did not have a high school, so he attended high school in Bogota, another small nearby town. . In high school in Bogota, he was a member of the shooting team and the service club. The latter carried out projects around the school and served as linesmen and scorer during football matches. He was active in the Boy Scouts winning the Eagle Award with gold and silver palms.
His high school years were spent during the four years of WWII, and he won awards for his Victory Garden and paper collections. He graduated in 1945 at the age of 17 just as the war was drawing to a close and immediately enrolled at Rutgers University in the Agriculture Studies program in the summer semester. . While at Rutgers, he was elected to Alpha Zeta, the agricultural honor fraternity. During the summers and school holidays, he worked at the college’s horticultural experimentation station.
After his sophomore year, his family moved to Corvallis, Oregon, and he transferred to Oregon State College with a major in farm economics / farm management. While in the State of Oregon, he was active with the Agriculture Club, Promenaders Square and Folk Dance Club, the Lutheran Student Association, and served as Chancellor (President) of Alpha Zeta .
After graduating with his bachelor’s degree in 1949, he worked as a field supervisor for the Production and Marketing Association in Jefferson County, working in the extension office in that central Oregon county and helping as a volunteer in the 4- program. H.
That fall, he was hired as a Coos County 4-H agent and served as Coquille. In addition to his 4-H duties, he taught folk and square dance at Myrtle Point and Bunker Hill.
He was called up to the Army early in the Korean War and served as a rocket launcher (bazooka) shooter with F Company, 22nd Regiment, 4th Infantry Division stationed in Schweinfurt, Germany, in the NATO forces and later as the 1st Division Weapons Squad Leader in Bamberg, Germany. While in Germany, he took 45 days off to travel much of Western Europe. He was honorably released in September 1952.
While waiting for the final documents, he hitchhiked from Fort. Lewis to visit his family in Corvallis. As he walked through Salem, he saw that the State Fair was underway and stopped to see some of his friends from the Extension. One of them introduced Walt to a new 4-H agent who had joined the team a few months earlier. Sally Hartz had transferred to Oregon after serving as a county home economist and 4-H agent for two years in her home state of Nebraska.
On April 23, 1953, Sally and Walt got married while he continued his post in 4-H in Coos County. Working in the 4-H program with wonderful leaders and children was really appreciated by the young couple.
After seven years on the OSU staff, Walt was eligible for a sabbatical and was certain that all officers would soon be required to have a master’s degree. Without children, the time seemed right for further education, and Walt was accepted into the graduate program at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. While working on his studies, Sally served as a 4-H and Home Economics Officer in neighboring Green County. In June 1957 he obtained a master’s degree in extension education.
With two months remaining on his sabbatical, they decided to travel to Europe and bought a car in London. Their travels have taken them to England, Ireland, Scotland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France.
Upon his return to Oregon, Walt was tasked with opening an extension office in Western Lane County in Florence. The sons John and Robert were born in Florence. When a new highway was completed between Florence and Eugene, the office was closed in 1961 and Walt was transferred to Corvallis where he was on the staff of the State Extension as a camping specialist 4- H, specialist in school forest visits and editor of 4-H forestry projects. In 1964 he was offered a position with the State Staff, but decided to return to county work and was transferred to the 4-H agent in Washington County where he served until in 1967. While in Hillsboro, their third son, Douglas, was born at Emanuel Hospital in Portland.
In 1967 Walt was offered the presidency of the Curry Extension Office and began in the spring as president of personnel and agriculture, 4-H, forestry, marine science and community resource development. . Walt was promoted to full professor in 1974.
Curry County was a great place to work with excellent extension co-ops, good staff and plenty of outdoor activities. His whole family participated in 4-H activities and often accompanied him to 4-H Camp, tours, hikes, super tours, and the county fair. It was an ideal family situation.
Walt retired from Extension on February 28, 1983.
In 1984, his friends convinced him to run for the Oregon House of Representatives in District 48, which covered most of rural Coos and all of Curry County. He held this position for eight years (four terms) until 1993, when he retired.
He was appointed to the Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Committee where he served as vice-chairman and then chairman. Its other missions were the education and water resources committees. He introduced a number of bills that were passed, including one of the four sponsors of the Oregon Forest Practices Act, the main sponsor and proponent of the bill establishing the Oregon Forest Resources Institute, as well as bills requiring the disclosure of certain information in the real estate of residents. sales, a bill criminalizing animal interference in legitimate research projects at universities or government research facilities, labeling of salmon products for human consumption, authorizing the sale of salmon and of tuna directly from fishing boats, the acquisition of fire-fighting equipment for towns of 5,000 or less, extending the statute of limitations for certain crimes, and many others.
After his retirement he enjoyed hiking, fishing, finding and rebuilding old trails, working with other volunteers to build the Oregon Coastal Trail in Curry County, gardening. Serving God as Gideon and volunteering for many other projects filled his last years. He wrote 16 books and monographs in his retirement years.
His wife Sally was the best thing that ever happened to him. She was the love of his life and the best helper a man could have. His family, his wife Sally, his sons John, Bob and Doug, and their wives and children have been the joy of his life.
Sally Hartz Schroeder and Walt have been married for sixty-one years and mourn their son John and his wife Frances, Bob and his wife Sally, Doug and his wife Cindy, and six grandchildren: Paul, Anna, Grant, Victoria David and Christine.
Memorials to Walt can be sent to The Gideons International, Curry Camp, PO Box 2674, Harbor, Oregon 97415
Bollman Funeral Home in Dallas, Oregon is holding a private family burial at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Ore., Nov. 23, with full military honors and a planned celebration of lifetime service to Gold Beach in February 2022.