John J. “Big John” Schroeder III
March 29, 1945 ‒ September 28, 2021
Formerly of Norwalk, Ohio
John Schroeder III, age 76, has gone to meet his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on September 28, 2021.
On March 29, 1945, he was born in Detroit, Michigan, the son of the late John and Celia (Rajacic) Schroeder II. As a family, they moved to Norwalk, Ohio, where with the encouragement of his basketball coach, he began playing the sport he would love for the rest of his life. His hard work and dedication led him to become the Captain of the Ohio University basketball, drafted by the Seattle Supersonics, and also to play in Europe.
After his playing career was over, John returned to the United States and immediately began coaching. He was passionate about training young men to be dedicated and disciplined, not only in the game, but also in life. His coaching career spanned 50 years. Another passion was his mentoring of young men in their faith walk with the Lord. He led Fellowship of Christian Athletes huddles for many years.
After retirement, John and his wife, Cheryl, purchased a condo on Lake Huron in Michigan, where they spent their summers. He was the “pool guy” at the Shores in Michigan. He often said “what a blessing it is to enjoy the beautiful seashores of Lake Huron and Mackinaw Island.”
He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Cheryl, of 53 years; a son, Joe, and daughter-in-law, Andréa; two granddaughters: Sophia and Celia; a sister, Carol (Don) Wait; and several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of his life will be held at a later date in Mackinaw City, Michigan.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Grand Prairie Baptist Church and Dayspring Wesleyan Church, and they may be sent to the care of the funeral home.
Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve John’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.