Dwight Schroeder

dwight schroeder
Dwight Gay Schroeder died Thursday, December 20th, 2018 after a battle with cancer. He was born August 11, 1951 in Fargo ND as the second son and third child of Dwight Guy and Ethelene Schroeder. Dwight attended public schools and graduated in 1969 from Fargo South High School. He then enrolled at NDSU, largely earning his way through college working for the Fargo and Moorhead Piggly Wiggly grocery stores. While at NDSU Dwight was captain of the tennis team, and he graduated with an Economics degree and Math minor. After college he worked for several years at a local collection agency and then at a mortgage loan branch office. He also worked second jobs at Stop-n-Go, as a resident manager of several apartment buildings, driving cab, and as a pit boss for charitable gambling in downtown Fargo. In 1977 Dwight married Becky Kapaun, and their daughter Donya was born March 13, 1981. Dwight and Becky were divorced in 1985. In 1989 Dwight began a career as personal finance counselor at Village Family Service Center which he continued to do until his health forced him to retire. Dwight was well-respected as a counselor and won Counselor of the Year in 2009. He was an exceptionally generous man with a strong social conscience, donating a great deal of his time to service in the community, for many years befriending Fargoans in need, and working very closely with refugee families. In 2011 he was honored with the Human Relations Award by the City of Fargo, an award given to one youth, one adult, and one organization that have made significant contributions to the area of human relations in the Fargo-Moorhead community. Dwight was also a sportsman, enjoying fishing, canoeing, water fowl hunting, tap and flag football, volleyball, and with a special passion for soccer. He played in the Fargo adult soccer leagues well into his 40's often as a savvy goalie, served a term as head of the Fargo-Moorhead Soccer Association, gave training workshops in smaller venues, helped start soccer programs like the West Fargo girls' high school team, and was a referee with an advanced league rating. He was 1984 Fargo-Moorhead Soccer Association Coach of the Year. Dwight was preceded in death by his parents, Dwight and Ethelene Schroeder. He is survived by his daughter Donya, son-in-law Shane, son Fazli, three beloved grandchildren Clara, Jude, and Ethelene, brother Dana, sisters Janice and Daria, various nephews and niece, and his cats Stormy, Hannah, Jack, and Reacher. The funeral is being held at Boulger Funeral home on Friday, December 28, 2018. Visitation will be from 1pm to 2 pm and the memorial service will begin at 2 pm.

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  1. Dwight dear brother and friend we were blessed to have you in our lives. You’d give the shirt off your back and give of your time to those in need. You were always up for adventure and making happy memories. People you have met online in the IT game have been sending condolences from all over the world. You touched hearts with people you hadn’t met face to face. The good man you were will never be forgotten. You are cherished by all family and friends and will be held in our hearts forever. Bless you Dwight!

  2. I knew Dwight through refereeing soccer. He was always someone great to chat with. He listened well and was always compassionate, whether to young referees or ones who had been doing it a long time like him. I also remember Dwight as a competitive goalkeeper. He played hard and had a lot of passion for the game. He was truly a giant in area soccer circles. I would surely be at his funeral if I was not away the latter part of this week. I was truly saddened to see that he had died. I had not seen him for a few years but my memories of Dwight are of him laughing his distinctive, big laugh and sharing his thoughts and wisdom with all who knew him. He will be missed.

  3. So sorry to hear of the loss of Dwight. I have fond memories of him refereeing many soccer games for the Fargo Park District. He was a fine man and an interesting person to visit with. He will be missed.

    Clay Whittlesey
    Fargo Park District

  4. R.I.P Dwight you are finally free of your damn cancer. I have enjoyed our friendship going back too many years to count – well only to the orchestra in the seventh grade to start. That’s a few years! I remember being in class with you at South and NDSU and of course enjoyed our conversations over the years whenever we got together. I will miss you.

  5. Dwight was a great friend during the years of our youth. There was a group of us that played a lot of card games, played football and generally hung around together. After college I moved out of the area and our paths only crossed a couple of times after that. I was so sorry to hear about his passing. God Bless.

  6. I’m so sorry to learn of Dwight’s passing. My deepest condolences to Dwight’s family and friends. I met Dwight when he and his wife managed an apartment building and I was the UPS driver in that area. I also saw Dwight when he worked at a financial company around the corner from his Apartment. I’ll have you in my thoughts and prayers. Take care and God Bless.

  7. Dwight was my soccer coach at West Fargo in 1985. He stepped up to coach a brand new girls team. I also played co Ed soccer against him for years. Great guy. Godspeed Dwight

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