Kaye Louise Schoeder passed away March 22, 2019 in Wheat Ridge, Colorado at the age of 86. A celebration in memory of Kaye will be held at the family farm in Darling Springs Township on Saturday, July 6, 2019.
Kaye was born during a blizzard on January 6, 1932, in Arnegard, North Dakota to Claire Maddock Shults and DonaldB. Shults. Her father was a railroad depot agent in Montana and North Dakota for the Great Northern Railroad.
Kaye spent her early years living in various locations across northern Montana; and attended High School in Sunburst, in the Sweetgrass Hills, where she lived with her beloved Grandma Lotta Maddock. She earned a reputation as a model student in school, and went on to study journalism at the University of Montana in Missoula.
While in college, Kaye spent two summers working at the Adams County Record and Mott Pioneer Press newspapers for her uncles, D.J. Shults of Hettinger, and Ralph Shults and Hugh Shults of Mott. Despite her ambitions in journalism, Kaye wanted to marry a farmer above all else, according to her brother, Don Shults. When Kaye announced her plans to marry Dale Schoeder, Don sent her satinfabric which she sewed into an uncommonly elegant wedding dress. Dale and Kaye were married on September 6, 1952 in Sunburst, Montana.
Kaye moved to the Schoeder family farm on the Cedar Creek north of Reeder, in Darlings Springs Township. She enjoyed participating in Darling Springs Homemakers Club and Darling Springs Farmers Union. The older children attended the Darling Springs Township Grade School. The family attended Kennedy Church, St. Mary’s in New England, Holy Trinity in Hettinger and Sacred Heart in Reeder.
While raising seven children, Kaye and Dale took over Henry and Evelyn Schoeder’s farm and grew the family farm operation to 3,500 acres. They had over 125 head of Simmental cattle and were pioneers in no-till farming. During those years the household was full of kids and hired men, and occasional cold calves. Saturday afternoons and evenings were often spent shopping in Hettinger, with their 1950 Buick and a car load of kids. Sunday afternoons in the late summer were often spent on pleasant drives out to see the wheat fields.
Kaye was always interested in politics and civic affairs, following the footsteps of various family members, including her great uncle, Walter Maddock, a Nonpartisan League founder and North Dakota Governor. She was active in the Adams County Democratic-NPL and ran for State Representative; and attended many Democratic, Farmers Union and GTA conventions. She and her husband Dale were influential in getting Federal funds for construction of the Hettinger Hospital. She served on the Board of directors of the Hettinger Hospital.
Kaye is survived by her husband, Dale Schoeder, Hettinger, ND; sons – Francis (Bonnie Brueni) Schoeder (Chicago, IL), David (Nanette) Schoeder (Alexandria, VA), Thomas Schoeder (Reeder, ND), daughters – Rosamary Schoeder (Hettinger, ND), Sarah (Rocky) Schoeder-Olheiser (Arvada, CO), and Lisa Bonomo(Colorado Springs, CO); her brother, Bill (Martha) Hetrick (Tampa, FL); sister Janice Morrison (Polsom, MT); eleven grandchildren -Charles Schoeder, Nicole Schoeder, Catherine Leopando, Nicholas Schoeder, Austin Schoeder, Abigail Schoeder, Taylor Schoeder, Mitchell Sheaffer, Parker Sheaffer, Lewis Sheaffer, Grayson Cameron, Jaiden Chalmers;and 3 great-grandchildren.
Kaye is preceded in death by her parents, daughter Teresa (Craig) Sheaffer (St. Paul MN), granddaughter Quinn Cameron, brothers Donald Shults and Dennis Hetrick, and sisters Donna Walker, Mary Fretheim, Marlys Shults, and infant sister Virginia Shults.
A private Graveside Service and Internment of the Ashes will be held at Hettinger Cemetery at 10 a.m., July 6th, followed by a Celebration of Life from 4 – 8 p.m. at the Schoeder family farm north of Hettinger (Hwy 22 to mile marker 26.3 at 1905 10th St. NW). Friends, family and neighbors are invited to share remembrances and dinner.
Memorials can be given to:
West River Health Services Foundation
In Memory of Kaye Schoeder
1000 Highway 12
Hettinger, ND 58639-7530