Kenneth J. Schroer
Kenneth J. Schroer, age 65, of Joplin, MO, passed away Wednesday, September 25, 2019, at his home with family by his side.
He was born December 24, 1953, in Joplin, to Robert and Agnes (Mahoney) Schroer.
Ken was Assistant Director of Facilities Management and Safety Director at Freeman Health System, retiring in February 2018.
He was a member of St Mary's Catholic Church, where he served as a lector, altar server, Knights of Columbus member and vocalist in the choir.
He had a passion for golf, travel, horse racing and spending time with his family.
Ken attended McAuley Catholic High School and graduated in 1972. He was an honor student, multi- sport standout, class officer, and a proud member of the "Big 5". While earning his bachelor's degree at MSSC, he shined behind home plate as the Lions catcher.
He married Tina Stephens on September 25, 1987, in Joplin. They celebrated 32 years of marriage on the day he passed.
Tina survives, as well as six daughters, Amy Schroer, Bethany Schroer, Jennifer Schroer (Kevan Martone), Adena Burks (Wayne), Paula Hurl(William), Whitney Dixon (Andrew); and one son, Chadwick Hunter. He was blessed with eight grandchildren, Averi and Allie Burks, Keenan and Marshall Hurl, Greyson Schroer Elick, California and Diem Martone, and Olivia Dixon; one brother, Robert Schroer; one sister, Mary Ann Turk; as well as numerous extended family and friends. Ken was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Adena Schroer.
A special thank you to Dr. Bernard Bettasso and staff, Dr. Matt Miller and staff, and Compassus Hospice.
A Rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. Monday, September 30, at the Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary, with visitation following from 6:30 until 8 p.m. A Memorial Mass will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday, October 1, at St Mary's Catholic Church with Father Joseph Weidenbenner officiating.
In memory of Ken, the family request memorial contributions be made to St Vincent DePaul Society.Contributions may be sent in care of the mortuary.
Arrangements are under the personal care and direction of the Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary Joplin.
Published on September 29, 2019


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Missy James
Sep 30, 2019
Tina, I’m so sorry. I thought a lot of Ken and we worked together at St. John’s and Freeman! It seems like just yesterday that I saw him. I didn’t realize he retired in 2018. You might remember me as Missy Reynolds, Janice Smith Reynolds’s daughter! Thinking of you with many hugs coming your way.
Ellen Wiseman
Sep 30, 2019
I'm sorry for your loss. Amy if there is anything I can do I'm here for you XOXOXO
William Kevin McCullough
Sep 29, 2019
Rest In Peace my friend. Gone too soon from this earth. My memories of sleeping on the back porch at the Schroer’s home and our friendship through school I will always cherish. On behalf of the McCullough Family I wish to extend our condolences to your family. You will be missed. With Love Kevin
Rosie Mattingly Lombardi
Sep 29, 2019
So sorry to hear the sad news. My heart goes out to all the family. Kenny was such a sweet little boy. I am sorry I didn't get to see him in 2011 when I was in Joplin. He was gone on vacation. He looks so much in the paper pic like his Dad.