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Date published: 9/10/2013

Elton Schroetter

Elton Albert Schroetter, 82, loving husband, father and grandfather, of Stafford County, formerly of Spotsylvania County, departed this life Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at Mary Washington Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Cleveland, Wis., on June 4, 1931, Elton was the son of the late Ernest Edward and Rose Mildred Schroetter. He was raised on a farm in Wisconsin and attended school there. He served four years in the Army with the Army Corps of Engineers, 27th Engineering Battalion, and was honorably discharged in December 1952. He worked as a water pumping equipment mechanic at Marine Corps Base Quantico, and retired in December 1986.

Known for his mechanical and farming skills, Elton was a talented, resourceful man who enjoyed gardening, cooking, raising animals, fishing and spending time with family and friends.

Elton was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Helen Irene Farrar Schroetter.

He will be missed by his devoted wife of four years, JoAnn Sikes Kendall Schroetter, who cared for him faithfully during several months of declining health. His survivors also include a son, James Schroetter (Gina) of Spotsylvania; daughters Kathleen Schroetter of Wilmington, N.C., and Suzanne Arasim (Paul) of Richmond; stepson Matthew Kendall (Patti) of Spotsylvania; stepdaughter Karen Kendall of Ormond Beach, Fla.; numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews; and several other devoted relatives. He had many friends, some of whom referred to him as "Candy Man" or "Little Buddy." All who knew and loved him will cherish their memories of Elton, a very kind and generous man who will be sorely missed.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept 11, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.

A service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept 12, at the funeral home chapel. The Rev. Patti English will officiate. Interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery.

Online guest book is at covenantfuneralservice.com.