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Ralph O. Schroeder

Ralph O. Schroeder

February 7, 1939 - May 1, 2022

Celebration of Life

  • Date: May 7, 2022
  • Time: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Location: Osage American Legion Post 278

Ralph Schroeder, 83, of Millsboro, Delaware formerly of Osage, died Sunday, May 1, 2022. A Celebration of Ralph’s Life will be held Saturday, May 7, 2022, from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the American Legion Post 278 in Osage. The family requests casual attire. Ralph was born February 7, 1939, on the family farm near Lyle, Minnesota, the son of Clifford Sr. and Rhoda (Hilde) Schroeder. He lived in and went to school in Lyle, graduating from Lyle High School in 1957. Ralph worked for Oliver/White Farm in Charles City. He was united in marriage to Mary Lou Rawn on July 28, 1956. To this union five daughters were born. They later divorced and he married Vivian Cardos in November 1975. He was a lifelong member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Lyle, where he served as a deacon. Ralph enjoyed all sports, especially high school basketball when Lyle High School went to the state tournament in 1957. He was a member of Chicago Area Runners Association and ran 8 marathons. He was an avid Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs fan and attended many home games when he lived in the Chicago area. Ralph is survived by his wife, Vivian Schroeder of Millsboro, Delaware; his children, Nancy Schroeder of Osage, Sandy Barnes (Craig Walters) of Grafton, Patti (John) Kisner of Manly, Andrea (Craig) Matt of Elk River, Minnesota and Chris Schroeder of Millsboro, DE; grandchildren, Nick (Lindsay) Clark, Jessica (John Higgins) Clark, Sean Flannery, Marissa (Kevin) Mason, Derrick (Devon Mullenbach) Barnes, Amber (Cory) Nye, Dylan (Carsen Duckert) Kisner, Parker Matt, and Kariana Schroeder; great-grandchildren, Caden, Jase, Kenzie Clark; Aislynn and Kenadee Clark, and his beloved golden retriever, Hunter. He is preceded in death by his parents, Clifford Sr. and Rhoda Schroeder; infant daughter, Marlene Schroeder; brother, Clifford Schroeder Jr. and sister-in-law Marlyn Schroeder In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to Pleasant Hill Cemetery, 1577 - 490th Street, St. Ansgar, IA 50472 where Ralph worked when he was a young man. Champion Funeral Home 641-732-3706


  • Vivian Schroeder

  • Stephanie and Doug Simpson

  • Barbara Gilbert

  • John Cardos

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KJ Murray

May 18, 2022 - 2:12 PM

Vivian, Chris, and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Know you are in my prayers for peace and understanding. And May God help ease this period of grief. Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 NIV

Sandy Barnes

May 8, 2022 - 11:46 AM

We will miss you dearly Dad Rest in Paradise Love you always

John Cardos

May 6, 2022 - 8:58 AM

Ralph was my brother-in-law and friend. In over 40 years we never had a cross word between us that mattered. He did marathons as an older person (who does that?) and was a wonderful part of the Cardos family. He did his work competently and with integrity. He loved all of his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. As his life got a bit tougher, he soldiered on. He believed that GOD created each of us out of love to live forever; that this life is just a prelude. He created a good prelude, and has his benefit of being in the presence of GOD.

Barbara Gilbert

May 4, 2022 - 7:29 PM

Roy and I send our heartfelt condolences. We will miss Ralph and his witty conversations and most of all the wonderful “Not my birthday” parties that Vivian put together. He seemed to love them and we were honored to be included in these joyful occasions. Our group is diminished without his bright light. We will miss him. Our thoughts are with you Viv.

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