James Albert Schroer, a longtime resident of Manhattan, Kan., passed away on November 11, 2012, in Oberlin, Kan. Jim was born in Jefferson City, Mo., on October 9, 1929, and married Grace Ann (Pile), also of Jefferson City, in 1951. Jim served as an officer in the Army Corps of Engineers during the Korean conflict and in the National Guard, ultimately retiring from the Kansas National Guard. He was dedicated to service, active in veterans' organizations, including the VFW, American Legion and "40 and 8". He also served on the 21st Judicial District Joint Corrections Advisory Board, and for many years, he worked with Boys State at Kansas State University. After leaving the Army, Jim studied geology and civil engineering at the University of Missouri. He worked for Urban Renewal projects in several towns in Mo. and Kan., finally settling in Manhattan in 1971, where he worked also in realty and for the Kansas City Star, and Grace practiced law. Jim enjoyed playing bridge, hunting morel mushrooms and all kinds of sports. Injuries ended his brief minor league baseball career, but he remained active, working as an umpire and referee over five decades and also scouted for professional baseball. He is survived by his wife of over 60 years; seven children, Mary White of Kingsley, Mich., Grace Schroer of Baldwin, Kan., Marty Olson of Oberlin, Elizabeth Newman of Santa Fe, N.M., Laura Schroer of Alliance, Neb., Fred Schroer of Topeka, Kan., Therese Schroer of Tallahassee, Fla.; and many loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Viola Schroer; sister, Marianne Schroer; and son, James Stafford Schroer. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 2:00 p.m., on Thursday, November 15, 2012, at the Seven Dolors Catholic Church, Manhattan, Kan., with Father Joseph S. Popelka as Celebrant. Interment will follow in the Sunrise Cemetery, Manhattan, Kan. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kan. Memorial contributions may be made to the Manhattan American Legion Boys State Program or to the Manhattan, Kansas "40 & 8" in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502. Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at: www.ymlfuneralhome.com.