William H. Schildroth (Bill) was the son of Colonel William H. and Mary Elona Schildroth (both deceased and buried in Arlington National Cemetery). Bill was a devoted husband, father, brother, son-in-law, and grandfather. He died peacefully at 12:30AM on Monday, 11 March 2013, after a brave and devastating battle with dementia. The first symptoms appeared in 1992.
Bill was an Army brat and was born in Jefferson Barracks, Missouri. His Father was thrilled with his timely arrival on 31 December 1928. He served in the US Air Force and graduated from the University of Maryland. He was a career Civil Service Employee for the Department of the Army and was a Manpower Management Analyst for the then Office of Personnel Operations, US Army Manpower Survey Office, and Office Chief of Staff where he received the Meritorious Civilian Service Award in 1973. His last assignment was as Deputy Chief of Manpower for the US Army Forces Command. He retired in 1981 and received the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service.
After retirement, he and his wife moved to Merritt Island where they and their friends enjoyed golfing, boating, snorkeling, fishing, traveling the US, and anything related to Nature.
Bill leaves behind his beloved wife of forty-two years, Freda; daughter Kara Sweeney; step-son Jeff Brewer; sister Mary Elona Willkie, grandchildren Alexis, Jennifer, Helen, and Christian (Jennifer Holtz-) Jespersen; great grandsons Luke and Eric; great granddaughter Madison, his nephew Bill Willkie (Carolyn); niece Nancy Hogan; grand niece Karlie (Markus) Smith and their son Bryce; grand nephews Brian Hogan and Colin Willkie; mother-in-law Claira Nelson, sisters-in-law Betty (Malcolm) Lukowski and Shirley (Lou) Kurtz; and special friends from childhood Dee and Glen Tigner.
Bill was, for many years, a Member of and Advocate for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Space Coast.
Arrangements by Island Cremations. The family will honor the wishes of Mr. Schildroth to keep the memorial services private.