TOPSFIELD — Mr. Henry B. "Hank" Schroeder, 95, of Beverly, beloved husband of the late Nancy Ann (Corris) Schroeder, passed peacefully on Monday, December 30, 2013, at the Atrium in Danvers.
Born in Charlottenburg, Germany, he was the son of the late Benno and Margaret (Draeger) Schroeder. He immigrated to the United States at the age of 5, settling in Rochester, N.Y. He was a graduate of Irondequoit High School in Rochester, Class of 1937. Henry worked his high school summers at the Kodak plant in Rochester, N.Y.
Mr. Schroeder entered active duty with the Army Air Corps in May of 1943. He was with the 448th Bomb Group, 8th Army, stationed in Seething, England. Lt. Schroeders' military service in the European, African and Middle Eastern Theaters earned him a decorated and honorable discharge in 1946.
Henry Schroeder married Nancy Ann Corris in 1946, and settled in Troy, N.Y., completing his education with a bachelor's degree in aeronautical engineering. After moving his family to King of Prussia, Penn., he worked for Piasecki Helicopter.
Moving to Topsfield with his family in 1955, Hank worked for over three decades as an aeronautical engineer/draftsman at General Electric Riverworks division in Lynn. Mr. Schroeder was instrumental in development and design of Boeing's modern aircraft engine.
A longtime resident of Topsfield, Henry was a devoted husband and family provider, proud of his German heritage, which gave him a strong work ethic. He was a humble and reserved man, oftentimes stoic, but with a quick, dry sense of humor, who shared stellar common sense, strength and integrity. He is remembered as always one to give sound advice.
Hank Schroeder was a member of the former New Meadows Masonic Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Topsfield, the former Lions Club of Topsfield, and was a longtime, active member of the Trinity Episcopal Church in Topsfield.
Henry is survived by his daughter, Emily J. Schroeder of Beverly; his sons, Jon C. Schroeder and his wife, Kathy, of Kittery Point, Maine, and Dean P. Schroeder and his wife, Carole, of Beverly; and his six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are invited to his memorial service, which will be held in the Trinity Episcopal Church, River St., Topsfield, on Saturday, January 11, at 1 p.m. Assisting the family with the arrangements is the Peterson-O’Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St., Route 62, Danvers. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Henry’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472, or to Beacon Hospice, 100 Cummings Center, Suite 222C, Beverly, MA 01915, or to Trinity Episcopal Church, 124 River Rd., Topsfield, MA 01983. To share a memory, or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com.