Donald Paul Schrote
Donald Paul Schrote, born June 1, 1931, in Tiffin, Ohio, died of congestive heart failure on Dec. 1, 2008, at Ray Hickey Hospice House in Vancouver, Wash.
He was the only son of the late Paul and Dorothy Corfman Schrote, and brother to the late Kathryn Schrote Strimbu.
Don graduated from Tiffin Columbian High School in 1949. He served in the U.S. Air Force, 1950-52, during the Korean War.
Don was employed in drafting, sales and engineering design; more than 40 years with
the automotive/trucking industry in the original equipment manufacturing capacity, first with the Bunting, Brass and Bronze Co., Toledo, and then with Clevite Corp. (now Tenneco Corp.) in Milan.
He serviced accounts on the west coast, to clients throughout the U.S.A., Canada, Mexico, Europe and Australia, until he retired in 1996.
Don held a lifetime membership with the NRA, was a lifelong Republican, and collector of coins, ice picks and watches. He really enjoyed researching, finding, refinishing and collecting firearms. He was an avid gardener and general handyman. Don was a quiet, private person who loved his family and made friends easily. Most who knew him appreciated his willingness to be an attentive listener. He was most content when working toward completing a project. During his retirement, he and his wife Mary traveled in Europe and Russia and spent winters in central Florida.
Don is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mary Alice Dillon Schrote of Tavares, Fla., (married June 16, 1951, in Wichita Falls, Texas); sons, Patrick (Mary Ann) Schrote and Daniel (Toni) Schrote ; daughter, Roberta (Mark) Schrote Ruark; grandchildren, Spencer Schrote, Rachel Schrote and Rosemary O’Shea; sister-in-law, Delores Dillon; and many nieces and nephews.
A private family memorial in Seattle will be followed by an internment of his ashes at the family plot in Green Springs.
Remembrances may be made to the Ray Hickey Hospice House of Vancouver, Wash.