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Ronald (Ron) Schroer

Issaquah, Western Australia

December 1, 1931 - May 9, 2024

Ronald (Ron) Schroer Obituary

Ronald (Ron) Schroer, 92, of Bellevue, Washington, passed away peacefully in his sleep on May 9, 2024.


Ron was born on December 1, 1931, in La Crosse, Wisconsin, the son of Bernard and Jennie (Koula) Schroer. After graduating from Central High School in La Crosse, Ron attended the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse where he received a dual B.S. in Chemistry/Physical Science. He then enlisted and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1953 to 1957 and was stationed in Florida and Mississippi.


In the summer of 1954 Ron met the love of his life, Jean Craig, in a calculus class at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. They often laughed together that since the class was an elective, it must have been fate. In July 1955 Ron and Jean married in Detroit, Michigan.


Ron valued education and went on to receive an M.S.E. in Instrumentation Engineering from the University of Michigan, and later on an M.B.A from the University of Colorado.


In the early 1960’s Ron relocated his family to Denver, Colorado as an aerospace engineer for Martin Marietta (now Lockheed Martin). During his career with Martin Marietta, he was involved with the Titan Missile program, the Space Shuttle, and FAA Air Traffic Control Systems. He earned the status of Life Senior Member of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), won numerous awards, and was a IEEE AESS Systems magazine editor-in chief, including a 50-year Jubilee Issue. Ron was on the IEEE AESS Board of Governors and a donor to the National Air and Space Museum. During his more than 30-year career with Martin, Ron and his family primarily resided in Colorado, but they also lived for brief periods in California, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, and New Jersey.


Ron appreciated travelling with his wife Jean and the experiences and education it imparted. They visited nearly all of the 50 United States as well as many countries around the world including Canada, Mexico, England, Spain, France, Germany, Turkey, Russia, China, Australia, and New Zealand. Ron enjoyed music and he would occasionally surprise everyone by pulling out his accordion and playing “Lady of Spain” much to his family’s amusement.


In the mid-1990s Ron and Jean moved to Georgetown, Texas to enjoy Retirement Community living. While in Texas he and Jean spent many years as regulars in various Square Dance clubs, while managing to escape the Texas heat by heading to Pigeon, Michigan in the summers. In 2012 Ron and Jean relocated to Washington state to be closer to family. Ron was a member of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church.


Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Jean, sons Steven Schroer (Karen) of Stillwater, MN, Craig Schroer (Anne) of Carrollton, GA, and Garth Schroer (Bob) of Bellevue, WA; his daughter Ronda Naquin (Eric) of Bellevue, WA; three grandchildren, Alex Schroer (Minami), Peter Schroer, and Dani Naquin; and one great-grandchild, Luka. Ron was preceded in death by his parents and by his sister and her husband, Frances and Alden Olson of Cottage Grove, MN.

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Ronald (Ron) Schroer hosted by Flintoft's Funeral Home & Crematory.

Ronald (Ron) Schroer, 92, of Bellevue, Washington, passed away peacefully in his sleep on May 9, 2024.


Ron was born on December 1, 1931, in La Crosse, Wisconsin, the son of Bernard and Jennie (Koula) Schroer. After graduating from Central High School in La Crosse, Ron attended the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse where he received a dual B.S. in Chemistry/Physical Science. He then enlisted and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1953 to 1957 and was stationed in Florida and Mississippi.


In the summer of 1954 Ron met the love of his life, Jean Craig, in a calculus class at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. They often laughed together that since the class was an elective, it must have been fate. In July 1955 Ron and Jean married in Detroit, Michigan.


Ron valued education and went on to receive an M.S.E. in Instrumentation Engineering from the University of Michigan, and later on an M.B.A from the University of Colorado.


In the early 1960’s Ron relocated his family to Denver, Colorado as an aerospace engineer for Martin Marietta (now Lockheed Martin). During his career with Martin Marietta, he was involved with the Titan Missile program, the Space Shuttle, and FAA Air Traffic Control Systems. He earned the status of Life Senior Member of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), won numerous awards, and was a IEEE AESS Systems magazine editor-in chief, including a 50-year Jubilee Issue. Ron was on the IEEE AESS Board of Governors and a donor to the National Air and Space Museum. During his more than 30-year career with Martin, Ron and his family primarily resided in Colorado, but they also lived for brief periods in California, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, and New Jersey.


Ron appreciated travelling with his wife Jean and the experiences and education it imparted. They visited nearly all of the 50 United States as well as many countries around the world including Canada, Mexico, England, Spain, France, Germany, Turkey, Russia, China, Australia, and New Zealand. Ron enjoyed music and he would occasionally surprise everyone by pulling out his accordion and playing “Lady of Spain” much to his family’s amusement.


In the mid-1990s Ron and Jean moved to Georgetown, Texas to enjoy Retirement Community living. While in Texas he and Jean spent many years as regulars in various Square Dance clubs, while managing to escape the Texas heat by heading to Pigeon, Michigan in the summers. In 2012 Ron and Jean relocated to Washington state to be closer to family. Ron was a member of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church.


Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Jean, sons Steven Schroer (Karen) of Stillwater, MN, Craig Schroer (Anne) of Carrollton, GA, and Garth Schroer (Bob) of Bellevue, WA; his daughter Ronda Naquin (Eric) of Bellevue, WA; three grandchildren, Alex Schroer (Minami), Peter Schroer, and Dani Naquin; and one great-grandchild, Luka. Ron was preceded in death by his parents and by his sister and her husband, Frances and Alden Olson of Cottage Grove, MN.

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Ronald (Ron) Schroer hosted by Flintoft's Funeral Home & Crematory.

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