In Loving Memory

William C. Schroeder

William C. Schroeder

July 4th, 1923 - September 9th, 2019


Wednesday, September 11th, 2019   10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Charter Funerals,
77 NE 72nd Street,
Gladstone MO 64118


Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 at 11:30 AM

Charter Funerals,
77 NE 72nd Street,
Gladstone MO 64118


William C. Schroeder passed away on September 9, 2019 at 3:15am at the Missouri Veteran’s Home in Mexico, Missouri.

Bill was the only child of Temme Wm. Schroeder and Zula Edna (Mathews) Schroeder, born on July 4, 1923 in Kansas City, Missouri. Bill graduated from North Kansas City High School in 1941 and joined the U. S. Navy on December 26, 1942. He served on the battleship USS Pennsylvania and the cruiser USS Dayton during WWII. Bill was very proud to have served his country during WWII and loved wearing his Navy cap.

Bill married Sylvia Marie Duncan Farmer on December 31, 1951. Sylvia passed away on May 3, 1999. Bill graduated from Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City, Missouri and practiced for two to three years. He then graduated from Moler Barber School in Kansas City, Missouri in 1959. He barbered for a short time before becoming a barber instructor at Moler Barber School. His barber career spanned 40 years, ending when the barber school (Missouri School of Barbering and Hairstyling) closed in 1999.

Bill was a man of faith and told many people about God’s saving grace. He attended Antioch Bible Baptist Church in Gladstone, Missouri.

Bill is survived by nephews: Bob (Anna) Duncan, Larry Meyer, Charles Duncan and David Duncan; niece, Charlotte (Ernest) DaMitz; cousins: Jackie Schroeder, Jean Schroeder, and Harry Drabkin; and several great nieces and nephews.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Sylvia, of 48 years; uncles, Roby Mathews and Ethelred Schroeder; aunt, Geraldine Schroeder Grabkin; cousin, Conrad Schroeder; nieces: Beverly Rae Meyer, Shelby Jean Woltje, and Bonnie Duncan; nephew, James Duncan; and great nephew, Jeffery Lee Meyer.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Rachel House, 4110 NE Vivion Rd, Kansas City, MO 64119.

A private burial will take place at New Hope Cemetery in Liberty.


  • Tue, Sep 10th, 2019 at 3:47 AM

    I first met Bill at the fence line that separated our homes in the late spring of 1999. My son, Connor
    was a newborn then and I was a young father in his first home working to raise a family. Bill was
    ready with a welcoming and inquisitive handshake. He was 75…we became friends immediately. In
    the years that followed, I always admired his spirit and vitality. We spent our time together passing
    pleasantries and laughter about the weather, the goings on in the neighborhood, or current events
    on the occasions where we worked side by side to attend to our homes lawns and gardens. While
    Bill took pride in his homes appearance, I know that his efforts were more a tribute to the memory of
    his beloved wife Silva than for his own satisfaction. A true and selfless labor of love that speaks
    volumes to the incredible character that lied within him and his undying love for her. I will always
    remember a frigid late Christmas morning when our doorbell rang. Upon opening the door I found
    our neighbor and friend Bill offering a gift to my children. It was a classic model steam locomotive
    engine. No doubt something he had possessed for many years but felt compelled that Christmas
    morning to give to the young children next door. A gift we keep on display in our home to this
    day….cherished all the more now that he is gone. In his passing, I am reminded of the kinder times
    he experienced and embodied as a lesson I hope to pass on to my children and theirs. A small part
    of his legacy. I pray his eternity will be filled with countless hours spent gardening with Silvia. The
    world is lessened today that he is not a part of it.

    Scott McKenzie, Kansas City, MO

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