Family, friends, and fellow officers remember Nathan Schroer
Friends and family are remembering police detective Nathan Schroer Tuesday night. Schroer died Tuesday morning after a nine-year battle with leukemia.
Officers escorted Schroer's body from St. Mary's Hospital, the procession paying tribute to the 11-year veteran of the force who dedicated his life to helping others.
"He was someone who loved people and loved the Lord. He loved making a difference in people's lives," said Ken Graham, senior pastor of Northwoods Church.
Inside Northwoods Church, where he spent so many Sunday mornings, Schroer's legacy lives on through those he touched.
"The first time Nathan knocked on my door wasn't to say hi, it was to take me to jail. The second time he knocked on my door was because I'd missed two weeks of church," one man said while sharing his memories of Schroer.
What was to be a prayer service for Schroer's recovery became a time for healing.
"We shed a lot of tears today. They're tears of grief that we're feeling because we're here, but Nathan's better off," said Gary Green, a long time friend.
A memorial service is planned for later this week.
"He just had a great passion for everything he did and everything he did was all about giving God the glory," Green said.
In the months before his death, Schroer served as interim pastor at Northwoods Church before returning to his role as youth minister. A calling he was never willing to let go.
"Words just flowed from his mouth effortlessly and he could deliver God's word like nobody else," Green said. "Even being sick, he always gave God the glory."
Nathan is survived by his wife Lindsay, and their three children. The city says Schroer's funeral will be on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Christian Fellowship Church.
Nathan's burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery where the Fraternal Order of Police Post #73 will perform rites.
An extended family member of Schroer's tells us that they will be compiling all condolences and printing them for his immediate family. They say there are several ways you can express your sympathy.