Dennis Schroeder, 76

Dennis Schroeder, 76, of Winner, SD passed away on Monday, Nov. 15th, 2021 in Winner, SD.

Funeral services were  held on Friday, Nov. 19th, 2021 at 11 a.m. at the First Christian Church in Winner, SD. Burial  followed in the Winner City Cemetery.

Dennis was born on Jan. 27, 1945 to John and Clara (Speidel) Schroeder.

Dennis graduated from Winner High School in May of 1964.  Dennis enlisted in the Army in 1965 and served his country during the Vietnam era. He was stationed in Germany for 3 years. Dennis was awarded a Certificate of Achievement for meritorious service as a Maintenance Data Specialist while assigned to B Battery, 1st Battalion, 81st Artillery. His outstanding performance as a clerk and the assistance he rendered in training new personnel significantly contributed to the successful accomplishment of the unit’s mission.

June 1, 1964 he was hired by the City of Winner to work in the water department. In 1985 he was appointed head of the Water Department; in 1987 he was appointed maintenance supervisor; and in 2006 he was appointed Public Works Director.

 Dennis was certified in water distribution, water treatment, and waste/water collection. Through years of service and dedication Dennis worked maintaining the city’s streets, parks, and cemetery. Dennis was a dedicated self-motivating employee who never lost his enthusiasm for his job or for the betterment of the city and community. Dennis retired June 1, 2014, after 50 years of service to the City of Winner.

Dennis was definitely a creature of habit. He could be found almost every day between the hours of 5 and 7 pm at the Pheasant sipping on a whisky water and playing a few hands of cards or rolling dice with his friends.  Dennis enjoyed gardening and keeping his yard in pristine condition.  In his younger years, Dennis bowled on a league for Dick’s Bar, played softball, hunted pheasants, and enjoyed fishing. He had the biggest heart and would do anything for anyone. He had a positive impact on all whose lives he touched over the years. Dennis loved the City of Winner and was very involved in the community. He participated in Rotary Club, Shriners, and was involved in turning on the Christmas lights every year.

“Schroed” will be greatly missed by all who knew him, along with his big goofy grin.

Dennis is survived by his daughters, Nicole (Deb) Schroeder, Sioux Falls, SD and Melanie Peterson and Danielle Bredenberg of Casper, WY; Grandson, Jacob Schroeder, Sioux Falls, SD; Granddaughter, Dani Peterson of Casper, WY; his brothers Roger (Monica) Schroeder, Valley Springs, SD and Clifford (Lisa) Schroeder, Winner, SD, along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and numerous friends.

Dennis was preceded in death by his father and mother, John and Clara Schroeder, and his sister, Barb Simkins.

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