David F. Schroeder was born March 12, 1937 to Fred and Marjorie (McNeill) Schroeder in Bonila, S.D. He was raised on the family homestead with his two older brothers, James and Dean. After graduating High School in Huron, S.D., Dave joined the army. The memories from his years in the service would provide him with many fond memories of being a Frogman, and continuous KP duty that provided him with great stories that he shared throughout his lifetime.
In 1964, he married Connie King from the neighboring “city” of Wessington. Dave and Connie had two children, Lisa Louise and Julie Ann.
On February 3, 1986, Dave married Yvonne King. This marriage expanded his family to include William Michael (Mike), Brandi Ann and Bonny Kay.
Dave was so proud of his family that grew to include eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He would never hesitate to brag about each and every one of them.
Dave was an outstanding businessman. He was never afraid to start a new venture. His career started when he began working for his brother Dean, at Hub City Music and Vending in Aberdeen, S.D. After several years with his brother, he started his own business in Mitchell, S.D., D&D Music. After a third vending business venture in Sioux Falls, S.D., Dave decided to try something completely new. After a chance meeting of the founder of Taco Johns on a flight, Dave decided to purchase a Taco Johns franchise in Lewiston, Idaho. After a few years, it was on to a new adventure. Dave and his wife, Vonnie purchased a restaurant/casino in Thompson Falls. Dave worked endless hours renovating “the joint”, doing the majority of work himself. The Mother Lode Casino was born. Dave worked day and night, until his body just wouldn’t let him anymore.
Dave will be remembered for his kind and generous heart. He would help a total stranger in need, and was always there for everyone he loved. He will be remembered for his tall stories, his witty, dry sense of humor and brilliant sarcasm. He will be remembered for his cooking and BBQ skills, and feeding the town that he loved so much, Thompson Falls. He will be remembered for all of the wonderful trips and adventures that he took his children and grandchildren on.
Dave fought a long, hard, courageous battle. Even through the worst of it, nobody really believed it could bring him down. It seemed impossible. Everyone simply thought this was just another challenge to be overcome.
Left to mourn Dave are his devoted wife of 31 years, Yvonne; his children, Lisa Schroeder Jankowski (Phillip) of Sioux Falls, S.D. and Julie Rudd of Lewiston, Idaho; step-children, Mike Kessler (Tammy) of Thompson Falls and Bonny Kay Baldridge (Paul) of Puyallup, Wash.; his grandchildren, Ian Schroeder, Jessica Hawley, Jamie Barker, Tommy Orton, Brock Orton, Breann Turner, Tasha Griffis and Wade Copeland; six great-grandchildren and his first wife, Connie Schroeder.
Dave will be greeted by the loved ones who preceded him, his parents, Fred and Marjorie; brothers, James Schroeder and Dean Schroeder; and step-daughter Brandi Orton.
At Dave’s request, there will not be a memorial service.