Curtis "Curt" Vastine Schroeder, 73, of Payson, died Nov. 20, 2000, in Payson. He was born July 2, 1927, to Walter A. and Mary C. December Schroeder in Houston, Texas.
Mr. Schroeder graduated from John H. Reagan High School in Houston and joined the U.S. Navy in 1945. He served in Guam until the end of World War II. He returned home in 1946 and attended Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.
Mr. Schroeder served on the Corps Staff and graduated in 1950 with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering.
Upon graduation from Texas A&M, he received his commission as a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He was called to active duty in 1951 in Korea, where he served with the Army Security Agency in liaison with the British Commonwealth Division from April 1952 to February 1953, receiving his 1st lieutenant bars prior to discharge.
After returning to Houston, he obtained his certificate of registration to practice as a professional engineer in 1959. He pursued a career in worldwide oil field and power plant construction in Central and South America, the Middle East and China. He was fluent in both German and Spanish and spoke passable Arabic and Chinese.
Mr. Schroeder collected, preserved and restored classic and antique cars, and he pursued that hobby around the world.
He was actively involved with the Model A Club of America, helping to found a chapter in El Paso, Texas in 1958. He had several Model T Fords and numerous classic cars, including a 1941 Cadillac 60 S.
He was a life member of VFW Post 9399 in Apache Junction, Ariz., where he served as commander from 1973 to 1974 . He also was an honorary member of the 7th Armored Division, which fought in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II. He also was a member of the American Legion Post 69, in Payson.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Edna Gene "Genie" Carter, of Payson, three daughters, Valerie Gene (Loving) Dickey of Star Valley, Maureen Watson of Scottsdale, Ariz. and Celeste Marie Lucas of Surprise, Ariz.; four grandchildren, Rex H. Watson and Kurt A. Watson, both of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Carter E. Loving of Payson and Kristin L. Loving of Payson.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 at the American Legion, Post 69, 709 E. Highway 260.
Graveside services for family and close friends will be held at 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 27 at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 Cave Creek Road, Phoenix.
Donations may be made to RTA Hospice, 107 E. Frontier Street, Payson, AZ 85541.
Arrangements were handled by Messinger Payson Funeral Home.