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John Theodore Greenwald will be remembered as a lover of the finer things in life. Among those include Milwaukee's Best, PBR and Stroh's consumed while cleaning fish or simply telling fish tales. He leaves behind the greatest catch of his life, Rhonda with whom he has raised 2 sons, Brent and Eric. He also had 5 grandchildren, Zachery, Ryann, Ethan, Charlotte and Kennedy. He spoiled them by often giving them candy before dinner or riling them up before bed, much to the delight of his daughters-in-law Cheryl and Molly. As his grandchildren aged he became a teacher of the great outdoors taking them camping, hunting and fishing. 


John never met a stranger and left everyone he met wondering if he was pulling their leg. He will be missed by a great many throughout Michigan and in Flagstaff. He is survived by his mother Violet Schroeder and sisters Gloria (David) McGuire, Gail (Pete) Miller and Sally (Dan) Brehm.  John was preceded in death by his father Alfred Schroeder and brother Steve Schroeder who met him with open arms on October 25, 2017. 


John was a veteran, serving in the Marine Corps from September 1970 to September 1974 when he honorable discharged. His career in construction included the Federal Reserve Building and Greektown Casino in Detroit, MI. In his free time he never met a deer he couldn't fit into the back of his truck or a fish who could resist his lure. Retirement brought John to Arizona to be closer to Brent and Eric's families. His joy in life will be missed, may he find peace. 


A celebration of John's life will be held on Monday, October 30th at Norvel Owens Mortuary at 1pm. Memories and fish stories can be shared with family online at

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