Leonard E. Schroeter passed away April 19, 2011, after a courageous 18 month battle with brain cancer. Lenn was born in Michigan City, Ind., on May 11, 1938.
After graduating from Michigan City High School, Lenn spent four years serving our country in the U.S. Air Force. He had many great stories of his time in Iceland and North Dakota. (Is there really a difference?)
Lenn was educated at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., and then employed by Ford Motor Company as an accountant for many years. Lenn moved to Grand Forks, N.D., and opened a seafood restaurant, the Captain's Cove. Lenn's passion for seafood lasted his entire life. He enjoyed preparing wonderful meals for family and friends. Lenn's accounting background and respect for people led to a successful 25 - plus year career in health care administration. Lenn and Karen moved from North Dakota to Klamath Falls, Ore., in 1991, and developed a love for the Pacific Northwest and Oregon Coast. In 2001, Lenn and Karen moved to Medford, Ore., where he became the executive director of Waterford at Three Fountains. He was well respected and received many awards, including the 2003 Leadership Award for nursing facilities in the state of Oregon. Upon retirement in 2003, Lenn found great joy playing golf, fishing, woodworking, and helping family and friends with projects.
Surviving is his wife of 26 years, Karen; sons, Barry (Mona), Tim (Denise) and Shawn Schroeter; sons, Jeff (Christy), Mick (Lori) and Rob (Jamie) Siems; and daughter, Kris (Bruce) Cox; grandchildren, Amanda, Amber (Stephen), Zara, Zack, Carlee, Carson, Sophie, Derek, Ryan, Shelby, Sami, Cody, Bethany, Jordon, Joshua and Jonathon; and great-grandchildren, Korben, Alanna and Carson.
Lenn wants his family and friends to remember him with joy and know that he is at peace in heaven with his Lord. In lieu of a funeral service, Lenn asked that his immediate family gather to celebrate his life and scatter his ashes at the Oregon Coast at a later date.