John Dale Schroeder

John Dale Schroeder


November 4, 1932 - October 9, 2023


J. Dale Schroeder, 90, Mitchell, SD, passed away, Monday, October 9, 2023, at his home and surrounded by his family.

Visitation will begin at 5pm, Thursday, October 12, 2023, at Bittner Funeral Home, Mitchell, with a time of sharing at 6:30 and Rosary Service at 7pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30am, Friday, October 13, 2023, at St Mary’s of Mercy Catholic Church, in Alexandria, SD. Burial will follow with Military Honors. Arrangements by Heartland Funeral Home in Brandon.

John Dale Schroeder was born on November 4, 1932, in Alexandria, SD. to Chris and Margaret (Paweltzki) Schroeder. Dale enlisted in the U.S. Navy after graduating from high school. He served on the aircraft carrier USS CORAL SEA from 1953-1955, during the Korean War. On July 7, 1953, he married his high school sweetheart, Patricia Smith. To this union, three children were born: Mark, Lisa, and Stacey.

After returning home from the Military, Dale took over his father’s dairy herd and continued the family tradition of dairy farming. In 1965, he was named South Dakota’s Outstanding Young Farmer. In later years, he also took over his father’s Patz business; selling silo unloaders and dairy equipment. He also sold hoop barns for several different companies over the years. He sold his last hoop-barn at the age of 86.

Dale was an avid bowler and claimed several state titles while bowling on the local Elks bowling team. He was proud to lay claim to the fact that he hung around the Mitchell Bowling Ally for at least 70 years. Dale also had a love for children and could always find a way to get their attention and meet them on their level.

On May 14, 2014, Dale married Jeanette Cain Baas and inherited two more children, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. After 81 years of “farm-life”, he found “city-life” much to his liking; making his home in Mitchell, after his marriage.

Dale is survived by his wife, Jeanette Schroeder, Mitchell; his son, Mark (Dotty) Schroeder, Alexandria; two daughters, Lisa (Robert) Harrington, Sioux Falls, and Stacey (Stan) Graber, Sioux Falls; an additional daughter, Kallan Paulson, Mt. Vernon; thirteen grandchildren, Naomi (Chris) Long, Sarah (Cory) Powell, Jessica (Eric) Nebelsick, Luke (Amanda) Schroeder, Tara (Cory) Steffen, Nole (Sarah) Harrington, Christian Graber, Trinity (Logan) Harmelink, Yeshari Graber, Tyson (Erin) Paulson, Nicholas (Miranda) Paulson, Delayna (Charlie) Stellphlug, and Sean Baas; thirteen great-grandchildren, Addison Long, Avreigh Long, Tucker Long, Zach Powell, Elliot Powell, Troy Nebelsick, Myles Nebelsick, Chet Nebelsick, Raegan Schroeder, Porter Steffen, Wells Steffen, Graham Paulson, and Brooks Paulson; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins.

Dale was preceded in death by his first wife, Patricia Smith Schroeder; his parents, Chris and Margaret (Paweltzki) Schroeder; one daughter-in-law, Denise Schroeder; one son-in-law, Lynn Paulson; and one stepson, Kyle Baas.


Thursday, October 12, 2023
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Friday, October 13, 2023
10:30 AM
St. Mary of Mercy Catholic Church
220 5th St
Alexandria, SD 57311


St. Mary of Mercy Catholic Cemetery
Alexandria, SD

Posted by Barbara Hubbard on November 23, 2023
Just heard sorry to to hear about Dale he was a sweetheart. Thinking about you. Take care love you Jeanette. .
Posted by Chibuzor Ezea on October 15, 2023
So sorry for your loss. Wishing the family deepest confort at this time.
Posted by Karen sonne on October 14, 2023
So very sorry for your loss. Thinking of you.
Posted by Judy Eichacker on October 14, 2023
So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.
Posted by Lorna Sonne on October 13, 2023
Jeanette and Families, sending my sincere condolences.
Posted by Mary Stadlman on October 13, 2023
Jeanette and family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband, May the love of family and friends bring you comfort.
Posted by Gary and Mary Stadlman on October 13, 2023
Mark, Dotty and family, we are so sorry to hear of the loss of your dad/ grandpa. May the memories bring you peace today and the days to come. God be with you.
Posted by Mike& Cindy Powell on October 13, 2023
so very sorry for your loss. He sure had a wonderful life and a wonderful family to share it with. God Bless.
Posted by Mike& Cindy Powell on October 13, 2023
so very sorry for your loss. He sure had a wonderful life and a wonderful family to share it with. God Bless.
Posted by Charolette Peterson on October 12, 2023
Sorry for your loss! Prayers for you and your family!
Posted by Leona and David Feiner on October 12, 2023
We extend our sincere sympathy to you Jeanette and family, Dale's children and families, also friends. We are sorry for your loss.
Posted by Valerie Nolz on October 12, 2023
Sorry for your loss Jeanette
Posted by Monsignor Charles M. Mangan on October 12, 2023
+J.M.J.+ May the Soul of Dale rest in peace. I offerd Mass for his Soul's repose. May the Holy Family of Nazareth comfort all who miss +Dale.
Posted by Donna murtha on October 12, 2023
Sorry for you loss
Posted by Dennis and Lisa Marek on October 12, 2023
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Jeanette and family at this sad time. Dale was a wonderful and great man. We enjoyed so much talking to Dale at church the Rec center and a lot of baseball games over the years.Dale was loved and will be missed by so many people. God Bless you all at this sad time. Love the Marek's
Posted by Jack Earl on October 11, 2023
My sympathy Janette and family. Dale was such a nice man. It was always nice to see and visit with Dale,
Posted by Wes and Sherry Pierson on October 11, 2023
We've known Dale for a long time. Always had a smile.
Great man, he will be missed.
Posted by Lynn Metcalf on October 11, 2023
Jeanette and family-so sorry about the loss of your husband. Know that I am thinking of you at this time. Prayers.
Posted by Charlie and Darlene Bailey on October 11, 2023
Prayers to the family Rest in Peace Dale
Posted by Donald Schroeder on October 11, 2023
Hard to believe, as I just saw him two months ago. Deepest sympathy for the family.
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