Daniel Edward Schroeder

Daniel Edward Schroeder February 13, 1959 – December 10, 2020

Dan Schroeder was not a man of many words, but he was a man full of love. His soft voice always put a smile on your face and often surprised you in unexpected ways. He worked tirelessly throughout his life to give his family everything he could. Dan was looking forward to retiring in 2021 after working in the tool and die industry for many years, with the last 30 years spent at Davis Tool and Die. His number one goal was to forever make his wife and girls happy. He never missed a chance to be the dad his three daughters needed, attending every event and milestone no matter its significance. During his 35 years of fatherhood, he always went the extra mile to make his daughters lives better, whether that was letting them paint his nails or taking them for ice cream when they wanted something sweet. He never desired the spotlight, but he was always there to lend a helping hand to those in need. He was a loving husband, a solid fishing friend, a bowling buddy, a backyard gardener, a ballpark seatmate for the ages, always willing to play a game (even if it entailed being a pretty princess!), a skilled handyman, a talented artist, and so much more. Funny, observant, and always in your corner, Dan was taken from us far too soon and will be greatly missed by many. Life will not be the same without Dan, but the world is brighter due to him.

Dan passed away from complications of COVID-19. He left the world peacefully, knowing that he was dearly loved by his surviving family including his wife Barb Schroeder of 37 years; his daughters Amy Schroeder (Zac Oldenburg), Sarah AuBuchon (Jake AuBuchon and recent grandson Elliot Alan Edward AuBuchon), and Megan Schroeder (Doug Peters); his father Carl Schroeder; his brothers Bill Schroeder (Angie Schroeder) and John Schroeder (Joan Schroeder); his mother-in-law (Marcella Zufall); brothers-in-law Daryl Zufall (Debbie Zufall), Norman Zufall (Sharon Zufall), Kevin Zufall (Dawn Helderle); Kenny Zufall (Jenny Zufall); sisters-in-law Rosean Zufall (Thomas Quatmann) and Jeanette Blain (Jonathan Blain); and 14 nieces and nephews. Dan is preceded in death by his mother (Ruth Schroeder), brother (James Schroeder), and his father-in-law (Eugene Zufall).

Services: Dan will be cremated and his ashes scattered by his wife and daughters across the places that he loved and enjoyed in life. A celebration of Dan’s life will be planned once it is safe to do so, and our family urges all to remain healthy and safe from COVID-19.

In Memoriam: Dan had a love for the outdoors, greatly enjoying his fishing trips with his family and friends. One of his favorite places to fish was Montauk State Park. In lieu of flowers, consider donating in Dan’s memory to Montauk. You may donate online at this link (select Montauk SP): https://mostateparks.com/page/55073/donate-missouri-state-parks.

If you wish to donate via mail (check or money order), please make the document payable to the State of Missouri, Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Mail it to the address below and mention it is directed towards Montauk Missouri State Park in memory of Dan Schroeder.

Missouri State Park Donations

Department of Natural Resources

PO Box 176

Jefferson City MO 65102


  1. Dan Maricic on December 15, 2020 at 8:06 pm

    So sorry to hear of this tragic loss. I worked with Dan for many years at Westhoff. Ran into him a few years back down on Main Street in St. Charles during the Festival. Got to sit in the pub and reminisce over a few beers for a couple hours. I remember him telling me about his amazing family and how much he was living the dream. My thoughts and prayers to the family. Such fantastic guy taken to soon. RIP Danno!

  2. Tom and Sharon Husak on December 16, 2020 at 6:38 am

    Dan has been a great neighbor and friend. A very skilled handyman who not only did great work at his home, but was always willing to help others. He and Barbara laid a great foundation for their daughters and was very proud of their accomplishments, both personally and professionally. But mostly he loved them and loved spending time with them. He will now be a perfect guardian angel for Elliott.

  3. Beth Orasco on December 16, 2020 at 8:09 am

    Dan was a great guy and I know he will be greatly missed by all! His smile always lit the room. And although a quiet man, was a funny guy at just the right time. I know Dan is now watching over you from heaven as he did here on earth. Sending hugs and condolences.

  4. Terry Allemann on December 16, 2020 at 8:47 am

    I know I was left a better person after working with Dan for 25 years. I always looked forward to the occasional cartoon drawing on prints.He will be deeply missed by many.

  5. MiMi Mensio on December 17, 2020 at 3:28 pm

    So very sorry for family’s loss. I have fond memories of Dan from grade school and high school. ????????????????????????

  6. Gary Schroeder on December 18, 2020 at 8:01 pm

    Lost for words, we will miss you at our annual Schroeder golf tournament. Condolences to his wonderful family.

  7. Marsha Lotzy on December 19, 2020 at 8:06 am

    I had really gotten to know Dan over a period of about 25 years. Although we only met twice a year (I was his dental hygienist), we learned a lot about each other’s lives. He was always talking about his wife and was so proud of all his daughter’s achievements. When I went through rough times, the worst of which was losing my son, he was a kind and patient listener. I am so very sorry that you lost your husband, father and grandfather so soon. He was also my words with friends buddy. Dan was just an all-around great person and will be missed.

  8. Lori Mccoy on December 19, 2020 at 7:15 pm

    I didn’t know Dan, but I know his daughter, Amy. Based on how she turned out, he was one good man.

  9. Joanne Sousan on December 20, 2020 at 2:13 pm

    Such a loss. Prayers for Barb & family

  10. Ellen Twellman LeGrand on December 26, 2020 at 7:35 pm

    So very sorry for your loss. What a sad loss for your family. I went to grade school with Dan. Prayers for your family.

  11. Lana Naughton Shaw on December 26, 2020 at 8:33 pm

    Went to school with Dan. Lived down the road from my childhood home. He was a really good guy. Rest In Peace Dan.

  12. Toni Kasal on December 26, 2020 at 11:15 pm

    Barb, this is your old neighbor Toni. I’m so sorry for your loss you and your daughters are in my prayers. Please tell the Zufall family I think of them often with a smile

  13. Teresa Kettmann on December 27, 2020 at 8:30 am

    I was just telling my sister about Danny teaching me how to play chess, he always beat me in 3 moves. He was a funny kid and very nice. I remember him being nicknamed “Birdie” at Denny’s. I still can’t play chess, but I still love the game because of him. It was a hoot to hang at your parents’ home on Howdershell, we played poker, chess or just hung out. I am so sorry for your loss. I was hoping to run into him again sometime soon.

  14. Paul Smith on December 27, 2020 at 7:08 pm

    This is difficult to hear!
    I’m sure all of us that worked with Dan over the years will miss him very much. If you wanted to know what was going on at work, all you had to do was to go to the Jon and look at the artwork scratched on the Lysol Cans. You were a funny very talented man Dano and could have made a good living at the Globe or Post Dispatch doing Comic’s.
    No one knows the Hour or the Day – but this doesn’t seem Right or Just.
    God Bless your Wife, and Girls and all those who will grieve your loss!

  15. Diana Schroeder on April 30, 2022 at 7:54 pm

    Barb, I just read about Dan’s passing. I couldn’t believe what I was reading. Impossible that such a great man loved by all who knew him is no longer with you and your beautiful girls. I know how greatly he is missed. Dan was a great guy, a loving family man and I have great memories of him. Please accept my condolences. I hope you and the girls are doing well. You will all be in my prayers. God bless.

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