March 29, 1926 ~ April 12, 2020

Born in: Ohio County, KY
Resided in: Owensboro, KY

Willard D. Schroader, 94, of Owensboro went to be with the Lord in heaven, on Sunday, April 12, 2020 at Hermitage Care & Rehabilitation Home. He was born in Ohio County on March 29, 1926 to the late Robert Dee and Lois Fulkerson Schroader. Willard was an U.S. Army WWII Veteran. He was the owner of Schroader’s Custom Picture Framing for 32 years, and was a lifelong member of Hall Street Baptist Church. Willard was a lifelong musician and member of several bands. He enjoyed dancing, especially ballroom and square dancing. Willard was a devoted Christian who loved the Lord.

Along with his parents, Willard is preceded in death by his brothers, Mitchell, Sherman, and Carl Schroader; and his sister, Irene Welborn.

Willard is survived by the love of his life, Mary Lee “Drake” Schroader, 70 years; his son, Jeff (Nita) Schroader; his grandchildren, Karen (Rob) Pierce, Nancy (Jason) Pierce, and Lydia (Nick) Hunn; 11 great-grandchildren; his sisters, Lillian, Wanda, June, Jane, and Mary.

Private services will be held at a later date. Burial to take place at Memorial Gardens.

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Mr. Schroader. Share your messages of condolence with the family of Willard D. Schroader and sign his virtual guest book by going to www.haleymcginnis.com.

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  1. Jeff and family,
    We were so sorry to hear about your dad passing away. He lived through a lot of changes during his many years.
    I know your mom, you, and all the family will miss him terribly.
    Our prayers and sympathy are with you all.

  2. I was so sorry to hear of Mr. Schroader’s passing. His legacy will live long in the lives of his children and grandchildren through the Christian example he set. My prayers for all who loved him. Pam Himes

  3. World War II veterans hold a special place in my thoughts and I am so grateful to each of them as I still cannot fully grasps all the sacrifices they made during their time of service. Those soldiers were special !!!

  4. So sorry for Willard’s passing…proud to have met him thru the Schroader family gatherings, and got to know him, WWII experiences, and his many talents along with contributions to family and country. A long productive life, and great family man.

  5. Our hearts go out to the entire Schroader family. It is always difficult to lose a loved one, but it must be especially heartbreaking during this time of isolation. W.D. led a long, full life and you were all blessed to have been a part of his life. Seek comfort in knowing his pain is over and he is in a better place.

  6. Sad times in our world today. Even more so, Jeff sharing his loss .The loss of my your favorite uncle . Thoughts and prayers for his beloved wife , son, and family . A truly kind hearted soul ,never to know of unselfish acts in his journey on earth. Truth and honesty was in his heart and mind . I miss my trips a to Uncle Dub’s talking cars and swamping tales of the of my Dads past……………………………Peace and love my dear Uncle W.D.

  7. We are so sorry for your loss. W.D. was a good man with a great humor. We can only imagine how much he will be missed!!! Love Bob & Jossie Childers

  8. Dear Mary, Jeff & Family,
    I want to express my sincere sympathy to all of you. It’s never easy giving up those you love. I want you to know you all are in my prayers.

  9. We are so very sorry for your loss! Your family has always been such a blessing to our family! Such sweet family! Thinking of you all during this difficult time!
    Scott and Debbie Baird and family❤️

  10. Dear Jeff, so sorry for your loss! Thinking and praying for you during this difficult time.

  11. Willard D. was a good man and it was an honor to call him my friend, the world needs more of him. My prayers are for God’s peace and comfort for Ms Mary Lee, Jeff and all the family. We can rejoice in knowing he is in his eternal home and we can cling to those precious memories.

  12. Aunt Mary,
    Charlie, me, and our whole family are so very sorry about Uncle Willard and especially that we can’t be with you all during this time. Please know that you, Jeff, and your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers. Love to all.

  13. Dear Mrs. Schroader, Jeff and family,
    So sorry for your loss. Mr. Schroader was a very kind man! Mrs. Schroader you guys were wonderful neighbors to live by! Keeping all of you in our prayers!
    Greg and Dana Howard

  14. when i saw this in the obituaries i remember all the good times we had playing music, so sorry for your loss. barney and pat dickens

  15. I was sorry to read about my square dancer friend in the paper. I still enjoy the “teaching picture” you gave Ralph and me many years ago. It has a special spot in my living room.
    Markley Freer

  16. Dear Mary, Jeff & family,
    We are so sorry to see your sweet husband & father has been called Home. We know he will be so missed. . I have known the sweet couple you have always been. Such sweet Christian people. It always made me smile & feel so happy when Roy & I would come into the Riverpark on Gospel night & there you two sweethearts would be sitting about two rows up & waving as we came in.Mary & Jeff you have my sympathy & prayers. It’s so heartbreaking when we lose our mates. Roy & I lost ours so we understand your sadness. I know God is Holding You & will never let go. Only His love & comfort can get you through. If you ever want to talk, please call me. I think we are in the book. I remember your sense of humor, Mary. I have one too & that will help you get through this time. Our love, sympathy & prayers, Doris & Roy

  17. I am so sad to hear of W.D.’s passing. He was one of the most gentle, kind and humble men I have ever known. His love for Jesus, his family and music was very evident throughout his whole life. He will be dearly missed.
    I had the privilege of playing music with W.D. on many occasions throughout the years.
    Prayers for Mary and the whole Schroader family.

  18. Dear Mary, Jeff and family,

    I’m so sad to learn of W.D’s passing. He was the true definition of a gentlemen. I could not have asked for better neighbors than W.D. and Mary. You both were always such a delight to visit with not to mention genuinely kind, caring and understanding of my boys, who liked to come over to see what W.D. was doing in his garage. He always took time to talk with and answer their questions even when he was busy working on his projects. We remember you all always sharing homemade ice cream with us during the summertime.
    I know God will wrap His arms around you, comfort and give you peace during this difficult time.

    Love and prayers,
    Anita Bunch and sons
    Dustin and Nick

  19. I remember all the good times we had at your house during our teenage years. Playing washers in the back yard and other games. Also remember visiting quit often at your frame shop. So sorry for your loss. Mr Schroeder was a good man.

  20. Spent many hours at your house with Jeff. Playing football, washers and horse shoes. He was a very good man and loved his old cars too. Fond memories. With deep sympathy

  21. Enjoyed talking to Mr Schroader when he would come with Jeff to Omu. A real hero to our country and a truly great man. Prays for your family

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