Obit - Kenneth Ray Schroeder, 1954
Yoakum Herald Times
Throngs Pay Final Respects at Rites For Kenny Schroeder
Here to pay last respects at funeral services for Kenny Ray Schroeder Thursday were visitors from Cuero , Victoria , Yorktown , Floresville, Corpus Christi , San Antonio , Shiner, Moulton, Flatonia, Hallettsville, Schulenburg, Houston , Beaumont , Sweet Home, Port Lavaca, Edna and Hostyn. They joined with a vast throng of local people in paying tribute to a splendid youth with whom it had been the privilege of the local newspaper staff to work during some six years of his industrious part-time activity.
Young Schroeder’s attainments were reviewed by Rev. Halata in a sermon at the Requiem Mass. Parishioners recalled that Kenny Ray started attending St. Joseph’s School at the age of 5 years and was absent only two days during his entire career there. He was an altar boy, for whom no time of the morning was too early to rise and fulfill a duty to his church and school.
In school, he was active in all projects of the Sodality, the Music Department, basketball teams, Cub Scouts and later the Boy Scouts with whom he reached the rank of an Explorer Scout. His musical talent won him the place of trumpet player with the Elo Muhlstein Orchestra of Moulton. He was ready at all times to sound Taps when called upon, his career making it highly appropriate for the large number of uniformed Scouts to pay last respects in a body.
At the SJH music department he had earned the reputation of becoming the best performer in whatever field he wished to enter, his attainments being a credit to the department and to his own willingness to work and to pass up all opportunities for idleness or leisure.
Pallbearers at the funeral, at which tribute was paid to a youth whose full career became an enshrined memory, were Ben Mikes, David Pulkrabek, Roger Immenhauser, Johnny McKnight, Clemmie Leopold and Frankie Raska.
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