Harvey P. Schroeder
Harvey P. Schroeder peacefully passed away at home Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019 while surrounded by loving family; he was 81.
Harvey was born to Paul and Alice (Tomke) Schroeder on Sept. 28, 1937 in Bay City. He was the youngest of five children and affectionately known as "baby brother" to Viola, Wilma, Helen and Grace.
He attended Michigan Lutheran Seminary High School and then joined the United States Air Force in 1957.
After his service, Harvey attended Michigan State University, where he met the love of his life, Bonnie Bentley, through their mutual involvement in the Young Republicans. They were married in 1963 at the First United Methodist Church of Eaton Rapids. They celebrated over 55 years of marriage and the birth of their children, Kim and Greg.
Harvey worked for 27 years as a business manager with the Berkley School District, combining his love of education and numbers.
He and his wife, Bonnie, moved to Traverse City in 2005 to be closer to family.
Harvey was a voracious reader, amassing a profound private book collection. His reading interests included theology, the American Civil War, politics and current events. Further, Harvey was involved as a lay leader with his church and the Michigan History Program.
Harvey will be remembered as a humble and sensitive man whose generosity was immeasurable. Education was essential to Harvey and he was committed to being a lifelong learner, something he passed along to his children and grandchildren. Although soft spoken, his words left a deep impression upon others. Above all, he was a devout Christian, a man of wisdom and a devoted family man.
Harvey is forever loved by his wife, Bonnie; children, Kim (Larry) Weissling and Greg (Angie) Schroeder; grandchildren, Chris Weissling, Nicholas Weissling, Adam Schroeder and Benjamin Schroeder; and sister, Helen Schoenheit, of Bay City.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Viola, Wilma and Grace.
On Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, funeral services will be held at the Central United Methodist Church, Traverse City, beginning at 2 p.m. Visitation will be one hour prior. Pastor Dale Ostema will officiate. A luncheon will follow at the church.
Those wishing to honor and continue Harvey's generous spirit may direct memorials to the Central United Methodist Church College Student Scholarship Fund, TCAPS Music Boosters, Doctors Without Borders or Safe Harbor of Grand Traverse.
Kindly share a memory of Harvey at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
Harvey and his family are in the care of the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on August 13, 2019


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