Lowell Lewis Schroeder
January 28, 1944 - May 8, 2020

Back: Judith, Lowell
Front: Alma (Pfoltner), Lewis
Lowell Schroeder, age 76, of Manilla, passed away on Friday, May 8, 2020, at his home near Manilla, following a short illness.
Private family services will be held the week of May 11.
Ohde Funeral Home in Manning is in charge of arrangements.

Dave Kusel's 3rd cousin, Lowell Schroeder

Detlef & Sophia (Sachleben) Grau
Claus Grau - brothers August Grau
1st Emma Grau Ida Grau
2nd Alma Pfoltner Amos Kusel
3rd Lowell Schroeder Dave Kusel

Lowell and Betty Schroeder family
2006 Manning Quasquicentennial history book

Back: Kevin, Janet, Jennifer, Lowell, Julie, Chris
Front: Collin, Emily, Betty, Casey, Allison
Lowell Schroeder was born January 28, 1944, to Lewis and Alma (Pfoltner) Schroeder near Westside, Iowa. The family moved south of Manning and lived there until 1950, when they moved to a farm 1 1/2 miles west of Aspinwall on Highway 141. The farm has been in the family since the early 1900s and is where the Schroeders reside.
Lowell attended rural schools until eighth grade. He then attended a few years in Manilla and transferred to Manning in his sophomore year and graduated from Manning in 1962.
Lowell married Betty Davis, daughter of Dallas and Marie Davis of Anita, Iowa, on February 9, 1964. Betty was born on October 15, 1944. She was raised on a farm two miles west of Anita, Iowa, and graduated from Anita in 1962.
After Lowell and Betty were married, they lived in Harlan for two years, before moving to an 80-acre farm 2 miles west and 1/2 mile south of Aspinwall. Then once Lowell's parents moved to Manning, Lowell and Betty moved into the house along the highway.
Lowell worked at the pork plant in Harlan for thirteen years. On the side he helped his father Lewis farm because he wanted to keep his hand in the business. Today he keeps the business going by farming a corn and bean rotation.
Lowell and Betty added three daughters to their family. Julie was born May 27, 1966. She lives in rural Van Meter, Iowa, with her husband Chris Jamison and their daughters, Allison and Casey. Julie is employed by Meredith Corporation in Des Moines and Chris farms. Janet was born August 5, 1967. She lives five miles south of Aspinwall with her husband Kevin Brus and their children, Collin and Emily. Janet is employed at Job Corp. in Denison as a nurse and Kevin owns his own business selling MAC tools. Jennifer, born October 30, 1979, lives in Urbandale and works at Living History Farms.

Ehrichs connection to Janet (Schroeder) Brus' husband & children
John & Catharina (Jurgens) Ehrichs
Margaret Ehrichs - siblings Louie Ehrichs
1st Leroy Brus Dorothy Ehrichs
2nd Ronald Brus David Kusel
3rd Kevin Brus married Janet Schroeder ---
4th Collin & Emily ---

Kevin and Janet Brus family
2006 Manning Quasquicentennial history book

Kevin, Janet, Collin, Emily
Kevin Michael Brus was born in Carroll, Iowa. He is the second child of Ronald and Carol (Beck) Brus of rural Harlan, Iowa. Kevin graduated from Harlan High School in 1984. Following high school, Kevin entered the United States Army for a four-year tour. He was honorably discharged in 1988. Following the service, Kevin worked various jobs as a farm machinery mechanic. He is currently an independent salesman for MAC tools.
Janet Leigh Schroeder-Brus was born in Denison, Iowa. She is the second daughter of Lowell and Betty (Davis) Schroeder of rural Manilla. Janet graduated from Manning High School with the class of 1985. Following high school, she attended Iowa Methodist School of Nursing in Des Moines, Iowa, where she graduated in 1988 as a Registered Nurse. Janet worked in Des Moines for time before moving back to the Manning area. She currently works as the Wellness Center Manager at the Denison Job Corps Center.
Reverend Robert Riggert united Kevin and Janet in marriage at the Zion Lutheran Church in Manning, Iowa, on September 19, 1992. They made their home on Kevin's grandparent's farm one mile south of Botna. The farm has been in the Brus family over 100 years. Lowell Schroeder purchased the farm. Kevin and Janet continue to live on the acreage.
Kevin and Janet had two children born to their union. Collin Michael was born at Memorial Hospital in Harlan, Iowa. He enjoys hunting with his father, Cub Scouts, and 4-H. Emily Kaylene was born at Myrtue Memorial Hospital in Harlan. She enjoys cooking and Girl Scouts. The family enjoys camping together. The children attend Manning Community School. Collin is in the fourth grade and Emily is in the third grade.

Judith Schroeder MHS 1960

Julie Schroeder MHS 1984

Janet Schroeder MHS 1985

1996 State marching band festival

Back: Adam Reinke, Travis Borkowski, Gary Dales, Dawn Willenborg, Mike Gore, Paul Brown, Jake Keegan, Amy Muhlbauer, Chad Stammer, Ross Muhlbauer, Amy Ferneding, Lauren Bauer, Hope Campbell, Kelsey Stribe
Fourth: Kasie Lorenzen, Matt Gore, Nicole Morlok, Mike Siepker, Alan Morris, Randy Hockett, Jessica Hinners, Michelle Ramsey, Beth Ferneding, David Buzzard, Linda Jensen, Lucas Borkowski, John Ulrickson, Jeanne Danner, Elizabeth Fara
Third: Jill Kienast, Jennifer Morris, Kari Kerkhoff, Tricia Heithoff, Nicole Stangl, Micheala Ehlers, Janelle Stribe, Jessica Ranniger, Robyn Ramsey, MacKenzie Hinners, Crystal Bruhn, Christin Fara, Shad Bauer, Brandy Vogel, Heather Swanson
Second: Rachel Pfannkuch, Julie Riggert, Tonya Wurr, Jennifer Schroeder, Jamie Irlbeck, Heather Odendahl, Erica Lohrmann, Sara Puck, Tiffany Jahn, Jessie Eickman, Tracey Sterk, Amanda Puck
Front: Mr. Jeff Mount, Brandon Ranniger, Nathan Didier, Joe Dammann, Matt Siepker, Nicole Hinners, Brandon Doyel, Molly Ulrickson, Sarah Detlefsen

1991 Homecoming

Lowell Schroeder driving his car
Dan Rauch, Jan Thielen, Robin Schwiesow, Eric Moore

1962 MHS graduates Pamla Jean Bellows, Janice May Borkowski, Lorrell James Borkowski, Raymond E. Bosche, Kay Margot Bowers, Glenna Kay Brady, Georgia Gale Brus, Robert A. Brus, Kay F. Dalgety, Geraldine L. Dammann, Joann Lee Dobler, Allen Ray Ehlers, Dale Frederick Ehlers, Donna J. Emert, Gerald Frank Handlos, Carol Ann Hansen, Kathryn Ann Hass, Diane M. Heithoff, Gerald E. Hill, Jerolyn Joy Hinz, Gary David King, Diane Alma Klocke, Douglas William Kruse, Roger Dean Kuhl, Ginette Marie Kuker, Mahlon Yale Lamp, Sherril Kay Martens, Kathleen A. Meiers, Barbara Ann Mundt, Charlene D. Musfeldt, Dale E. Musfeldt, Ronald J. Odendahl, Linda M. Ohde, Gloria Jean Schroeder, Lowell Lewis Schroeder, Ronald H. Schroeder, Marjean Kay Segebart, Mary Jane I. Sextro, Barbara K. Sonksen, Beverly Sue Thompson (valedictorian), Lois C. Vehrs, Carol Sue Vetter, Judith Loretta Vogl (salutatorian), Kathleen M. Wagner

1962 former students: Kent Austin, Robert Billmeier, Betty Bosche, Jeannette Breidert, Deanna Dent, Lynette Eich, Joan Fisher, John Ford, Robert Galvin, Dennis Hagedorn, Joel Harris, Barbara Hemerson, Peggy Hockett, Allen Kienast, Joseph Loucks, Dennis Maasen, Pearl Miller, Kathy Musfeldt, William Platter, Ronald Schroeder, Louise Synhorst, Elaine Trella, Darrel Wiese

Juniors Homeroom B
Fourth: Ron Schroeder, Roger Kuhl, Linda Ohde, Mary Sextro, Mahlon Lamp
Third: Dale Musfeldt, Doug Kruse, Carol Vetter, Bev Thompson, Lowell Schroeder, Mr. Sam Mast - Sponsor
Second: Kathy Wagner, Ron Odendahl, Barb Mundt, Lois Vehrs, Barbara Sonksen
Front: Judy Vogl, Kathy Meiers, Marjean Segebart, Gary King, Sherril Martens, Charlene Musfeldt, Gloria Schroeder

Iowa No. 4

Iowa No. 4 country school picnic at the Manning City Park 1954
Back: Larry Rowedder, Karen Rowedder, Eugene Haberl, Imogene Haberl, Mary Ann Hagedorn
Middle: Lowell Schroeder, Judy Schroeder, Myra Rowedder, Joyce Carstens, Carol Ann Kuhl
Front: Raymond Hagedorn, Elaine Carstens, Linda Derner, Allen Rowedder

In 2015, Lowell & Betty Schroeder graciously let me borrow an old family scrapbook they had so I could scan it.
I normally don't show all of a scanned collection but wanted to show how some Manning folks (relative or not) work with me and share their historically precious items.

Without these people who work with me and share their old pix and history, I would NOT be able to show all of these tributes and other major feature stories on my web pages - something, I DARE say, that no one else in the US can do for their communities like I can for Manning with my web pages...

For a few of the pictures, we need help with IDs, so if anyone can provide names and information - please get involved and e-mail me!

Lowell Schroeder collection

Membership receipt for August Horn from the Three Mile House Schuetzenverein
Treasurer: August Eikmeier
3 miles north of Manning on West Street.
Lowell & Betty Schroeder did not know the background of this receipt, but more than likely was in the Schroeder/Pfoltner part of Lowell's family.
Betty's family is not from the Manning area.
Another possibility is that Lowell & Betty bought a box of old items on a sale in Manning and this receipt was in it.
We'll never know for sure...

Most of the pictures below are part of Lowell's family ancestry...

Bertha (Ronnfeldt) & Peter Schroeder

Peter & Bertha (Ronnfeldt) Schroeder

Herman and Amelia (Rowedder) Schroeder

I'm sure this is Herman and Amelia (Rowedder) Schroeder wedding picture

Back: Edna, Elsie, Elmer, Lena, Laura
Front: Bertha, Lillie
I think this is the Schroeder family...
This farm house once stood 5 miles north (east side of the road) on West Street in Manning.

Schroeder brothers: Norman, Ken, Merlin J., Lewis

Elsie (Schroeder) & Alfred Rix
Parents of Delores Kuhn, Donald Rix, Allen Rix, Larry Rix
Alfred Rix was a brother to Arthur, Harry, Ted

Lena (Schroeder) & John Joens

I now have Lena & John's obituaries, recently sent to me from a Schroeder descendant.
I did not know that John served overseas until reading it in his obituary.
John was a WWI Veteran and I remember him as a janitor at the old grade school.

John Joens - janitor at the old grade school

Herman & Anna (Kall) Rowedder - Lowell's grandparents

William and Anna were parents of six sons and six daughters.
Ella died in infancy.
Louie died in England in 1918 while serving his country in World War I, at the age of 22.
Lena married Harry Wiese; children are Merle, Dewey, Victor, Gertrude and Melvin.
Amelia married Herman Schroeder; children are Lewis, Merlin, Kenneth and Norman.
Hilda married Fred Hansen; children are Alvin, Melvin, Fred Orren, Billie (deceased), and Bob.
John married Ella Mordhorst; children are Gilbert, Berdine, Leonard (deceased), LeRoy, Virgil and Joan.
Herman married Katie Karsten; children are Emma, Herbert, Elsie and Ivan.
Willie married Helena Joachimsen; children are Verna, Lester, Elmer, and Ione.
Henry married Christina Joachimsen; children are Elda, Lenora, Ruvilla, Ira, Glenn, and Lyle.
Emma married William Langbehn; children are Louie, Lloyd, and Gladyce;
following William's death Emma married Frederick Langbehn, and they had a son Kenneth.
Lena married Harry Wiese; children are Lewis, Merlin, Kenneth, and Norman.
Julius married Margaret Vollmer; children are Dorothy, James, and Donna.
Laura married Peter Kasperbauer, and had one child, Cleo.

Amelia (Rowedder) Schroeder - mother of Lewis

Herman & Katie (Karsten) Rowedder - Pastor John Ansorge

William & Emma (Rowedder) Langbehn

Ken & Donna Langbehn

Back: Ken, Merlin
Front: Norman, Amelia, Lewis

Fred P. & Hilda (Rowedder) Hansen

John & Ella (Mordhorst) Rowedder

Louie Rowedder

Louie Rowedder WWI

A metal plaque and tree were placed in the Manning city park for every Manning Veteran who died serving during WWI.
Private Rowedder died as an infantryman with the American Expeditionary Forces October 21, 1918, while serving in France.

Jurgen & Frauke (Hoffmann) Pfoltner family

Back: Hertha, Chris, Charlie, Hans, George, Herman
Front: Kate, Jurgen, Lillian, Frauke, Alma, Anna

Charlie & Emma (Grau) Pfoltner 1954
This house is gone and was located at 310 Sue Street.

1950 Plymouth

Charlie & Emma (Grau) Pfoltner

Detlef & Sophia (Sachleben) Grau

Fortunately I aleady had these pictures and their IDs.
Detlef Grau 90th birthday 1923

Back: Hilda Moeller, Amanda Grau Martens, Walter Grau, Eunice Grau Ahrendsen, Elda Rothfolk Barten
Front: Florence Pfoltner Flenker, Bernice Grau Crouch, Hugo Peter Grau, Jr.

Back: Sophia Gaul - Lena Flenker's sister), Mathilda Mohr Grau (Claus Henry), Sophie Grau Rothfolk (Jim), Mary Hansen Grau (August), Laura Grau Alwill (Elmer), Amanda Grau Moeller (Pete), Clara Grau Cox (Frank), Ida Grau Kusel (August), Housekeeper Christina Lage
Middle: Ida Gaul, Lena Flenker, Detlef Grau, Anna (Waller) Grau (Hugo)
Front: Emma Grau Pfoltner, Martha (Rudnick) Grau (Henry), Emma Rudnick Grau (Albert) holding baby Lester Grau

Back: Elmer Grau, Albert Grau (Henry's) Detlef Grau Jr., Peter Moeller, Charley Pfoltner, Henry Flenker, man from Arcadia
Middle: Emil Grau, Henry Grau, Detlef Grau, Hugo Grau (Henry's), Jim Rothfolk
Front: August Kusel, Detlef Grau Jr., Henry Grau Jr. (Henry's), Herman Grau
Lower left front: Walter Grau (Hugo's son)

Claus & Matilda (Mohr) Grau family

Back Row: Edward, Lena Hell, Albert, Hugo, Amanda Moeller, Henry
Front Row: Emma Pfoltner, Claus Henry Grau, Elmer (child), Julius (behind Elmer), Matilda, Detlef

Matilda (Mohr) Grau

Claus & Matilda Grau home in south Manning
922 Main Street - later on the Ivan Petersen home for many years.

Charlie Hell family - need help with IDs

Emma (Grau) & Charlie Pfoltner visit with Hell family in South Dakota

Back: Charlie Pfoltner, Carl Hell, Hugo Grau
Front: Emma (Grau) Pfoltner, Carolina (Grau) Hell, Anna (Waller) Grau
Visiting relatives in South Dakota 1950

Carl & Carolina (Grau) Hell

Hugo & Anna (Waller) Grau

Charlie & Emma (Grau) Pfoltner

Peter & Amanda (Grau) Moeller

Albert & Emma (Rudnick) Grau

Lewis & Alma (Pfoltner) Schroeder

4 generations - Back: Alma, Judy
Front: Emma holding Deb 1966

Merlin & Florence (Karsten) Schroeder

1981 caption: Home where Florence Pfoltner was born.

Woodrow & Florence (Pfoltner) Flenker

Back: Lynn, Kevin
Front: Roger, Mary
Roger is Woodrow's son

Cook family 1973

Back: Alan, Lee
Front: Darlene (Flenker), Christine, Katherine, Linda

Amos & Esther (Pfoltner) Jahn

Home where Esther Pfoltner was born - taken in 1980

Lewis & Alma Schroeder

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