Donald Schrade

  • Died: September 10, 2017
  • Location: Chesapeake, Virginia

Tribute & Message From The Family

Donald passed away on Sunday, September 10, 2017.

Donald was a resident of Chesapeake, Virginia at the time of passing.

Don graduated from The Ohio State University, Class of 1972 with a degree in Architecture and was commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy where he served his country as a Pilot.

Funeral Services will be held in Apostles Lutheran Church, Chesapeake, Virginia on Friday, September 15, 2017 at 12:00 Noon with the Reverend David P. Peterson officiating. Burial with full military honors will be in Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery at Hampton Roads in Suffolk, Virginia.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Samaritan's Purse, Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Condolence & Memory Journal

Don was a great guy and a wonderful shipmate. Always ready with a smile and a word of encouragement. My sincere condolences to his entire family: he will be missed.

Posted by Layne Smith - Douglasville, GA - friend   October 21, 2017

Sandy, my heart is breaking for you. I am praying.

Posted by Christine Twiss - Jasper, GA   October 17, 2017

My heart breaks at not having this big-hearted man in our community on this earth and rejoices in knowing that he has joined the saints in heaven watching over us all. Looking forward to seeing you again, Don. We'll be watching over your beautiful wife for you!

Posted by Robin and Romeo Delloro - Chesapeake, VA   September 13, 2017

My cousin Don was a great individual. Growing up with him was truly an adventure and although we lost touch for many years, he remained in my thoughts and prayers. When we reconnected a few years before his retirement from the Navy, I was impressed by all that he had accomplished during his career. Simply knowing that he had given so much to his country and community warmed my heart and made me proud to be related to him. He will be sorely missed. To Sandra and the kids, my heartfelt condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you always.

Posted by Thomas Day - Palmer, TN   September 13, 2017

Don's Promotion to Glory came as an unexpected message. Just a few days before Carol and I met him in Sandy in Sam's Club. That seems to be the place where we always ran into them. Each time we met them and parted after exchanging a few pleasant words of conversation, he would journey on down another isle. I waited and then surveyed the nearby isles always waiting for his head and waving hands to pop up. "Sandy. I'm over here. We have to go." Carol and Sandy loved to talk. I'll not forget that smiling face and those waving hands and Sandy running to catch up. It was always the routine and I'll remember that spot in Sam's where we had our last conversation. God bless you Sandy. And Don, fly high and leave us a contrail so we know your spirit is always with us. I salute you. Sideboys man your stations. Captain Donald Schrade departing.

Posted by Ron and Carol Liston - Chesapeake, Virginia - Friend   September 12, 2017

Sandy, Adam and Gwen, Eli and Faith and Nate and your wife, I got to know Don through the marriage of Gwen to Adam and as I am an honorary Priestman anyway, I got to know Don through several family events and enjoyed my time with him immensely. I will not forget his great pilot advice to me, nervous to go on a cruise by myself, and he advised me to go the night before!

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you as I can only imagine the shock of his too early passing means for all of you.

All the best, Jan Himmelreich

Posted by Jan Himmelreich - Collegeville, PA - Family Friend   September 12, 2017

You will be dearly missed, Mr. Don Schrade. I am deeply saddened by Don's passing. It was wonderful reminiscing with Don at our 50th PVHS reunion in August. My sympathy and prayers to the Schrade family.
Cherry Holmes Ellison

Posted by Cherry Ellison - Santa Rosa, CA   September 12, 2017

I was Don's FAA medical examiner for many years. We both being retired Navy,we talked about many things. I saw him through his trials with TWA closing and rebirth as American. He introduced me to Sandy, rejoiced in his second retirement and his adventures in remodeling. I will miss him deeply but He has raised him up on eagle's wings for his final flight.

Dick Carlson

Posted by A friend   September 12, 2017

So very sad to hear the news of Don's passing. He was such a lovely man and will be greatly missed. Our neighborhood will not be the same without him. Sending love and prayers to your family, Love Linda & Cal Cameron

Posted by Linda & Cal Cameron - Chesapeake, VA   September 12, 2017