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.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.