Dennis Lee Schroder, age 64, passed away on Saturday, July 30, following a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born November 26, 1946, in Huntington Park, to the late Wally and Gladys Schroder. He was raised in Bell where he attended Bell High School, played varsity football, held the office of President of the Bell Shires (the Bulps), and graduated in 1964.
Dennis served in the U.S. Army during Viet Nam from 1966-1968 as a Supply Specialist and received the following medals: O/S Bar, National Defense Meritorious Medal, Viet Nam Service Medal, and the Republic of Viet Nam Campaign Medal. He was also a qualified marksman with the M-14 and M-16 rifles. After the army, he attended college where he obtained his associate’s degree in business administration from Cerritos Junior College, his bachelor’s degree in marketing from California State University Fullerton, and finished his education at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management with an MBA.
Upon graduating, he worked in the food- service industry for over 30 years and retired from Lamb Weston, in 2003. He volunteered his time as the president of the Men’s Golf Association and served on the Bear Valley Springs Association Board. He had a love for golfing, exercising, celebrating holidays and spending time with family and friends.
After retiring, he obtained his real estate license and became a well known realtor in Tehachapi. In 1998, Dennis married Deborah Marie Simmons, at Grace Lutheran Church in Huntington Beach. They were overjoyed with the birth of their first child, Cole David, in August, 2002. The family then relocated to Bear Valley Springs, and, in November of 2005, the couple was blessed with their twins, Connor Lee and Carly Marie. Dennis was a fun-loving father and devoted husband whose greatest joy was being involved in his children’s lives and activities. His greatest loves in life were his wife and children. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.