Melvin "Roy" Schroeder died Dec. 26, 2016, at his home. He was 79.
He was born July 21, 1937, in Green Ridge, Mo., to Herman and Mary Schroeder. He moved to Denver as a small child and then to Hotchkiss, where he attended school.
On Sept. 29, 1962, he married Myrneta Neil. They had four children: Emma (James) Holiman, Loretta (Alan) Downey, Melvin Schroeder and Larry Schroeder.
Mr. Schroeder was a coal miner, propane truck driver, ditch rider for Orchard City Irrigation District and water commissioner for the State of Colorado. He was also a tremendous fruit tree picker and pruner.
He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing with family, camping, four-wheeling and gardening. He also enjoyed being a grandfather to 13 grandchildren and great-grandfather to three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one daughter, Loretta Downey; one sister, Carolyn Cunningham; and two brothers, Ron Schroeder and Charles Schroeder.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
At about 9:50 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, officers of the Delta Police Department were dispatched to a robbery reported at Arby's, located at 107 Gunnison River Drive. An extensive search of the area was conducted and the suspect was not located.
The suspect was reported to have walked into Arby's and after a brief conversation with an employee, was able to leave the store with a small amount of cash and coins.