Mark H. Schroeder passed away in his home, October 10, 2011 surrounded by his family.

Mark Howard Schroeder was born November 2, 1963 in Fargo, ND. He lived in Davenport, ND.  He attended school in Davenport, Kindred High School and Moorhead State University.  He studied piano under Inta Stahl at Concordia College.

While in school he was active in musical productions, band, stage band, sports, baseball and basketball.  He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America.  He was also bat boy for the Darling Little Fillies of Davenport.  He loved going to the lake where he enjoyed being with relatives, water skiing, and sailing.  In the winter he was always wishing for snow for downhill snow skiing.

Mark had a huge heart.  He was very compassionate and interested in everything his acquaintances were active in doing.  He was an ardent reader on many subjects, as well as using his talents in music, drawing and writing.  Mark was a very talented musician, especially on the piano and organ.  He was a member of the band Strange Friends in Minneapolis.

He was injured in 1988 in a fall and remained a paraplegic.  He continued his interest in music with the keyboard his specialty.  He enjoyed writing and recording music for his own enjoyment.

Mark is survived by his father and mother, Darrol and Jean Schroeder of Fargo, formerly of Davenport, ND; his daughter, Britta; and grandson, Alex Petersen; sister, Terry Lynn Scherling, Alexandria, VA and his nephew, Nickolas (Robyn) Scherling, Alexandria, VA and many cousins.

In lieu of flowers, memorials could be made to the Spinal Cord Society, or to Mark's Grandson, Alex Petersen College Trust Fund.

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  1. Kindred ND
    So sad to hear about Mark. Being out of town prevented our attendance at the funeral. I’ll always remember his young years when I knew him best and thoroughly enjoyed his activity with the softball team!! His musical talents also stay with our memories. How about the time Darrol and Mark wore the matching red flight suits for the airshow! We offer our sympathy and our prayers for the peace of Christ’s love.

  2. Darrol & Jean

    Deepest sympathy to you on the loss of your son.

    The loss of a son is a difficult process to get though. May you find confort in sweet memories and you faith in God.

    You are in my prayers,
    Don Dubuque

  3. Moorhead MN
    Schroeder Family

    I am so sorry to hear that Mark has passed away…I also have wonderful memories of Mark. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers…God Bless You!

  4. Palmdale CADear Darrol, Jean and family – I am so very sorry for the loss of Mark. My memories of Mark go way back to vacation bible school. You could always find Mark and Stan out in the back field behind the church playing baseball! May God give you that peace that passes understanding during this time.

  5. Fargo ND
    Thank you Mark, for touching the lives of every person who knew you. The kids and I will always remember sitting in the park with you and making up songs. You are deeply loved, and will be forever missed.

  6. When we first met Mark 20 some years ago here in Davenport we both thought he was a very smart and engaging young man. He never forgot a name and had the manners of a saint! Wow, a brilliant musician was evidently needed upstairs…thoughts and prayers with Marks Family…xo

  7. Roseville Minnesota
    Jean and Darrol,
    I felt so bad when I heard of Mark’s passing. May the sympathy of those who care for you and the precious memories of Mark comfort you. God Bless, Love, Nancy.

  8. New Hope MN
    Dearest Jean and Darrol, so sorry for your families loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sadness.
    With a Hug
    Tessa

  9. Moorhead MN
    We are so sorry for your loss.
    Mark was a great person who always befriended everyone he met and we will miss him very much

  10. Moorhead Minnesota
    I have spent the last couple of days thinking about how many times, over so many years, in so many ways Mark profoundly impacted my life. I will hold those beautiful memories close to my heart.

  11. West Fargo ND
    I’m so sorry to hear of Mark’s passing.

    He touched so many lives in a positive way, as he did mine. I have wonderful memories of shooting basketball at the Davenport school yard with him in the summer. He had such a wonderful smile and was always happy when I saw him.

    I was blessed to have known him and hope that your memories of him bring many smiles to your faces as you reminisce about him.

  12. West Fargo ndI used to work with Jean. I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I will be thinking of you during this difficult time.

  13. Buxton ND
    So sorry to hear about Mark, I was very saddened by the news. He was a dear friend and have many great memories of him. I loved coming to your home in Davenport and Mark would play Elton John songs for me on the piano and sing them to me, never forget it! He was a warm, caring, giving, talented and loving person. He will be missed by so many because he has touched our lives in so many ways and I am grateful that I am one of them. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. With deepest sympathy,

    The Nettums,
    Nancy (Swenson), Robyn and Michaela

  14. shakopee MN
    I was so shocked to hear about Mark’s passing. Mark holds a special place in my heart what a great guy ! I have such fond memories of him playing his saxaphone . Now in heaven everyone is enjoying his music. Thinking of you all in at this tough time and always.
    Love, hugs and blessings
    Jeanie

  15. shakopee MN
    I was so shocked to hear about Mark’s passing. Mark holds a special place in my heart what a great guy ! I have such fond memories of him playing his saxaphone . Now in heaven everyone is enjoying his music. Thinking of you all in at this tough time and always.
    Love, hugs and blessings
    Jeanie

  16. Golden Valley MN
    My family’s sympathies go out to your family Mark.

    So many good memories from childhood to adulthood come to my mind about the time I spent with you and you family. Bison games, fun at the lake, school activities, sports, and hearing you play the piano in many settings are just a few.

    You were as talented as anyone I ever met and also as giving and full of life.

    You will not be forgotten and memories of you will stay with me forever.

    God bless Mark’s family and loved ones. You will always be in my heart my friend.

  17. Shoreview MN
    “Hey Spook”

    That’s what I always called you. You were a great friend and you filled my life with many memories over the brief period of time we hung out together, listening and playing music. You were such an inspiring musician. Listening to you play piano in the back room at Ralph’s was one of the highlights of my life. On a more intimate level, when you came to see me in St. Cloud and woke in the morning and grabbed my acquistic guitar as sunshine poured in through the window. In your Tom Waits like voice, you sang that John Denver song like it has never been sung before. “Sunshine on my shoulder, makes me happy…” I still wake up many mornings to this day singing that song thinking of you. I’ve missed you for twenty years now, and I’ll miss you even more. You were the greatest, Spook.

  18. I remember the moment I met you, so long ago. We talked about Frank Zappa and Led Zeppelin and Monty Python – for hours, days, and years. Then we talked about art and girls and God – which is all well and good but I miss the music and comedy most.

  19. Ogden UTJean and Darrol,
    My sincere sympathy for the entire family. No parent should have to bury their child. My heart aches for you. God Bless, Sandy

  20. Golden Valley MN
    Many heart felt thoughts and prayers from my family to the Schroeder family. Mark and I had numerous memories in our youth and yet were able to connect into our adulthood. From sleepovers, Bison games, playing in athletics together, summertime at Pelican Lake, going and listening to him play in bands at the Cabooze the memories are still wonderful. Mark was a great man with as much talent as anyone I have ever known. Mark will be missed and yet remembered by all of us that were lucky enough to know him. God Bless you my Friend.

  21. I remember the moment I met you. So long ago, and I remember it like it was last week. We talked about Frank Zappa and Led Zeppelin and Monty Python – for hours, days, and years. Then we talked about art and girls and God – which is all well and good but I miss the talk of music and comedy most.

  22. Shakopee MN
    My heart just breaks for all you. Mark always held a special place in my heart. I have such fond memories of growing up with Mark and playing his saxaphone. He was one special dude to all of us. Now in heaven everyone is enjoying his music. You are all in my thoughts and prayers not only now in this time but everyday Mark is not with you.
    Love, hugs and blessings
    Jeanie

  23. fargo I will miss our Thursday night Jam session and pushing the piano pedals for you! Love you Mark. You were very dear to my heart……

  24. Moorhead MN
    All of my memories of you won’t just go away. They will just become more important. You, your friendship and your music forever impacted my life. You will be missed.

  25. Modesto CaliforniaMark may God comfort your family and friends in this time of sorrow. You will be missed . You were a good man with a kind heart..bless you in heaven…

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