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20121207 OBIT-JamesJSchroederServices are scheduled this Saturday for prominent Mission businessman and civic leader Jim Schroeder. He passed away last Sunday, Dec. 2, at Doctor’s Hospital in Edinburg.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Ric Brown Family Funeral Home in Mission. Church services are scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday at First United Methodist Church of Mission, 1101 Doherty Avenue. Interment will follow at Valley Memorial Gardens.

Regarding his passing, Mission Mayor Norberto Salinas, said, “He was a very close friend. I don’t know what we’re going to do. He was unifying, and we saw him as a symbol of Mission. He was a very good man and always did a lot for the city. He was such an example for us…always giving us advice in a way that nobody would get upset.”

Schroeder, president and CEO of Mission Paving, began his career there working summers during his high school and college years. He was following in his father’s footsteps, Norman Schroeder, who began with the company 1952. His father went on to buy the company, and Schroeder became general manager in 1978 and president and CEO in 1983. The Mission company recently celebrated its 64th year in business.

He served as a director with NBC Bank of Mission, the Rio Grande Valley Santa Gertrudis Cattle Association and on the Mission Economic Development Authority board. Active in the Mission Rotary Club, he was a former director and a Paul Harris Fellow recipient.

For his continuing contributions to the community, Schroeder was named as Mr. Mission for 2012, the annual citizen’s awards sponsored by the Progress Times, and was inducted into the Mission Historical Museum Wall of Fame this year.

Schroeder set up the “Shipping for Soldiers” program, initiated at Mission Paving after 9/11, which has now shipped over 5,000 care packages to soldiers fighting in the war on terrorism.

An avid classic car buff, Schroeder and his family also initiated the Annual Mission Classic Car Show in 2003, which has become one of the big-draw car events in the Rio Grande Valley.

For more information, see the obituary.

 

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