Daniel A. Schreiter – Colonel (Chaplain), United States Air Force

Father Daniel A. Schreiter, age 81 a resident of Land O Lakes, Tampa, Florida, died April 7, 2006 at the Veterans Medical Center in Tampa, Florida. He was born in Appleton on August 18, 1924 to the late Raymond Sr. and Ethel (Bentz) Schreiter. After attending High School at St. Lawrence Seminary, Mt. Calvary, Wisconsin. He joined the Capuchin-Franciscan Order in 1941 and was ordained a priest on August 23, 1950.

In his ministries, Father Dan was Assistant Director of the Catholic Information Society, New York, New York, Assistant Pastor, then Pastor at St. John the Baptist Church, New York, New York. He was commissioned into the Chaplaincy Service of the United States Air Force. In addition to his service at several Air Force Bases in the United States, he was assigned to Bases in Guam, Korat, Thailand, Vietnam, and Germany. He retired from the Air Force as the Senior Catholic Chaplain at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio. He was then named Chaplain at the James A. Haley Veterans Medical Center in Tampa, Florida.

Father Dan was very proud of his 20 years of service in the Air Force where he achieved many military honors and decorations. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Fourth Degree, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Retired Officers Association, Disabled American Vets, American Legion, and the Air Force Association.

He is survived by a sister Rita Lillge DeGroot; brothers: Raymond Jr., John (Patricia) and Richard (Mary Jane); sisters-in-law: Ruth (Robert) Schreiter and Esther (Clement) Schreiter also many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers: Robert, James, and Clement; sisters Barbara Steger and Marie Laux; sisters-in-law: Lucy (James) Schreiter and Rita (Ray Jr.) Schreiter; brothers-in-law Robert Steger, Robert Laux, Walter Lillge Jr., and James DeGroot.

Funeral services were held at Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Land O Lakes, Florida. It was Father Dan’s wish to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery. There will be a Concelebrated Memorial Mass for Father Dan on Saturday, April 22nd at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 410 W. Lawrence St. with Bishop David Zubik officiating. Friends of Father Dan and the family will be received at the church one hour prior to the Mass. Memorials to the scholarship fund at St. Lawrence Seminary, Mt. Calvary, Wisconsin, will be appreciated and prayerfully accepted.

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith..”

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