DELRAY BEACH, Fla.—Alan Conrad Schroeder, 70, of Delray Beach, Fla., formerly of Mount Carroll, died Saturday, April 13, 2019, in Florida following a long illness.
He was born Jan. 11, 1949, to Albert and Lula Schroeder of Mount Carroll. Despite health issues as a child, he never let that stop him from excelling at school or in his career.
He graduated from Mount Carroll High School with the Class of 1967. As an undergraduate student at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, Alan met and married Linda Smital and had two daughters.
After his graduate studies at Southern Illinois University, Alan was employed for most of his career with the Department of Energy in Washington, D.C., rated as a GS 15. During this time he married Karen Dickey and had a son.
Alan was passionate about environmental issues, especially water management, pollution, energy efficiency and climate change. He published a paper called “The Yellow Canary” which warned about the problems climate change would cause to our earth.
Alan married Maya prior to his retirement and they moved to Delray Beach, Fla., when he retired.
He is survived by his loving wife, Maya; his three children, Sonya (Donald) Cadle of Arvada, Colo., Elizabeth (Hector) Schroeder Torres of Stockton, and Solyn Schroeder of Virginia Beach, Va.; a brother, Edward (Linda) Schroeder of Los Altos, Calif.; a sister, Florence (William) Burns of Round Rock, Texas; a sister-in-law, Nancy Schroeder of Mount Carroll; many nieces and nephews; and Maya’s family in Nepal.
Alan was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, Harold Traum; sister, Ruth (Howard) Schroeder Carter; brother, Robert Schroeder; and niece, Marna Carter.
The family thanks all the nurses and doctors who worked tirelessly to help him during the past few years, and especially his wife, Maya, who never left his side. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.