Richard (Rick) Schroder
June 24, 1959 ~ September 30, 2013
Richard (Rick) Schroder was born in Brewster, WA to Ken and Karen Schroder of Bridgeport, WA on June 24, 1959. As a young and active lad, Rick loved soapbox racing and won many First Place trophies. Being blessed with athleticism at an early age, Rick enjoyed playing in Little League and Babe Ruth baseball. Even before high school age, Rick loved to hunt and fish with his dad and Grandpa Schroder. During high school he played on the Varsity football and basketball teams as well as playing drums in the school band. Rick graduated from Bridgeport High School in 1977 and entered Perry Technical Institute in Yakima, for training as a millwright, graduating there in 1979. After working as a machinist for Dakota Aircraft of Yakima and a machinist and welder in Spokane, Rick switched his interests to operating hauling equipment connected with the fruit industry, road construction and long-hauling delivery. The latter occupation developed into his most cherished and he drove an 18-wheeler for a time, up and down the West Coast and in the Midwest, logging in many thousands of miles. While Rick’s career pursuits were made chiefly in Yakima, Spokane, Brewster and Okanogan, he chose to consider the Bridgeport/Brewster area “home”. Rick married Kristi Saint of Bridgeport, in June 1981 and had one daughter, Nikki Jo. Rick and Kristi divorced in 1988.
Rick leaves behind his parents, Karen Rudman of East Wenatchee and Ken Schroder of Bridgeport; daughter, Nikki Schroder of Spokane, WA; son, Jake Schroder of Yakima; sisters, Debbie (Bob) Apperson of Monterey, TN and Lori Schroder of Post Falls, ID; stepdad, Bob Rudman of East Wenatchee, WA; aunts, Carol Smith of Mansfield, WA and Nora McClain of Longview, WA; cousins, Duane Smith of Mansfield, WA, Deanna Wagner of Reardan, WA, Steve McClain and Linda McClain of Longview WA, Dan Buckingham and Sam Buckingham of Mansfield, WA; nephew, Swede Albert; and niece, Cecilia (Andrew) Mullin of Omak, WA; and several younger related twigs in the family tree. From Roy McLean to Debbie Apperson - “remember”, Rick was a good person. His exit from this life cannot deny that he was loved by many good people, and he should not be defined by his illness. Roy remembers Rick as a sweet kid with a kind heart.
No services will be held. Please visit Rick’s Memorial web page at www.telfordschapel.com to leave tributes and condolences. Memorial Donations can be sent to Bridgeport Dollars for Scholars P.O. Box 452 Bridgeport, WA 98813. Arrangements are by Telford’s Chapel of the Valley, East Wenatchee, WA