Walton "Walt" Schroeder

Walton "Walt" Schroeder, 85, died Wednesday evening, Feb. 27, 2008 at his home on Little Cedar Lake in West Bend.

He is survived by his loving wife, Jean; two daughters, Susan (Mark) Halter of Acton, Mass. and Sandra Schroeder of Plover; a son, Robert (Kim) Schroeder of West Bend; a grandson, Bryan (Naomi) Halter of Merrimack, N.H.; and a sister, Nila (Gerald) Kuchenbecker of Janesville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin and Elsie Schroeder; a brother, Warren Schroeder; and a sister, Eunice Labumbard.

Walt was born in Winchester, worked on the family farm, and graduated from Winneconne High School in 1940.

Shortly afterward, he entered the U.S. military and served bravely during World War II as a Sergeant in the 44th Division of the 9th Army in France, Austria and Germany.

He was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for meritorious service.

After the war, Walt attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison where he met and later married the love of his life, Jean Treichel of Burlington.

The couple made their home in Wauwatosa for many years.

Walt graduated from UW-Madison with a bachelorís degree in accounting and business, and became a CPA.

His professional career spanned more than 30 years for the national public accounting firm of Alexander Grant & Co., now known as Grant Thornton, LLP. In 1969, he became a partner in the firm.

Walt retired in 1984 to enjoy travel and live in the place he loved best - his home on Little Cedar Lake.

Walt and Jean shared a happy retirement together, celebrating 58 years of marriage.

Walt was a lifelong church member, most recently at Still Waters Community United Methodist Church of Jackson.

A funeral service in honor of Walt will be held on Saturday, March 1, at 11:30 a.m. at the Phillip Funeral Home, 1420 W. Paradise Drive, with Pastor Matthew Hadley officiating.

Friends and family may visit at the funeral home on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at 11:30 a.m.

Burial will follow in Washington County Memorial Park in West Bend.

Memorials to Still Waters Community United Methodist Church, Jackson are appreciated.

The Phillip Funeral Home, West Bend, is assisting the family.