Friends of Robin Clark Schroeder said he was known as someone who never knew a stranger, talked to everyone and was passionate about horses and the Delaware All Horse Parade.
Officials of the Delaware County Sheriff’s office said Schroeder’s death Friday “was an accident involving a chainsaw.”
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website, approximately 36,000 people are treated for injuries from accidents involving using a chain saw.
Diane Winters, member of the Delaware All Horse Parade committee, has known the Schroeder family since they moved to Delaware from Michigan.
“Everyone is so shook up,” she said. “Every year he would (jokingly) ask me when the Horse Parade was and I’d have to tell him 25 times.” Winters said Schroeder strongly promoted the parade.
Winters said Schroeder competed in Appaloosa horse show competitions and that his father also judged competitions. She said Schroeder rode every year in the parade and only missed one year.
“His family rode every year only missing one; it was the day his mother passed away,” she said.
Patrick Allen said Schroeder was the type of person who could pull someone in and get them to talk.
“He was full of energy like the Energizer Bunny,” he said. “If a person never got to meet him they missed out.”
Schroeder worked as a carpenter and owned his own business, Robin’s Custom Exteriors.
Doug Hines, Amanda Plumbing, said he knew Schroeder as a work associate from different building projects they had worked together.
“He loved his mom and dad. They were very close,” Hines said. “He loved his daughter Sam and her two children.”
Hines said he and Schroeder occasionally cut wood together and talked about the dangers involved.
“We’ve had the discussion of how dangerous it was,” he said. “He’s going to be missed.”
Schroeder was born Nov. 10, 1956 in Adrian, Michigan to Charles and Janice (Eversman) Schroeder. He graduated from Milford High School in Milford, Michigan and attended Adrian College and served his country as a member of the United States Army from 1975-1977.
The family will receive friends Tuesday from 4-6 p.m. at the Old Stone Presbyterian Church, 41 Hodges Road, Delaware. Celebration of Life services will follow at 6 p.m. with Pastor Don Hilkerbaumer officiating and military honors being conducted at the end of the service by the Delaware County Veterans Association.
D. Anthony Botkin may be reached at 740-413-0902 or on Twitter @dabotkin.