Tommy Schroeder, the longtime Killeen businessman who grew the Mickey’s convenience store chain from one store to 17, has died. He was 73.

Schroeder, who was the CEO and president of the company, died Wednesday morning of heart failure, said his daughter, Karen Walinder, secretary and treasurer of the Central Texas company.

“He was a very unique, hard-working, entrepreneur man,” Walinder said.

Schroeder’s parents opened the first Mickey’s in the area in 1955. Schroeder took over the business in 1965 when his parents retired, but kept the name and the family ties.

Visitation with family is from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen. A funeral service is at 10 a.m. Saturday at Lifeway Fellowship Church in Killeen.

Contact Jacob Brooks at​ jbrooks@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7468

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