Obit: Schwantes, Roger K. (1932 - 2004)

Contact:  Stan


----Sources: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood Co., Wis.) 4 Nov 2004

Schwantes, Roger K. (5 Aug. 1932 - 2 Nov. 2004)

Roger K. Schwantes, 72, of Marshfield, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2004, at Colonial Center in Colby, with his family by his side, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Memorial services will be held 11 a.m. Friday at Christ Lutheran Church. The Rev. Mark Krueger will officiate. Mary Castner will provide music with Bill Allen serving as soloist.

Internment of ashes will be in McMillan Memorial Gardens. American Legion Post No. 54 will conduct military honors. Roger’s 12 grandchildren are serving as honorary pallbearers.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Hansen Funeral Home and one hour prior to service time at the church.

Roger was born Aug. 5, 1932, in the town of Brighton, a son of Emil and Leota (Andre) Schwantes. He attended Harding School. Following his education, he worked on local farms and at Mid-State Truck.

Roger served in the U.S. Air Force from 1950 to 1956. He was stationed in Korea. He was discharged with the rank of Tech Sergeant.

After his military service, Roger returned to the area and worked for Rollohome. In 1963, Roger purchased the Sinclair station and operated Roger’s ARCO Service until 1972. After selling the station, he worked for Bauman’s Bank until 1994. In retirement, he worked at Mid-State Truck doing "parts runs" and maintenance.

He was united in marriage on Aug. 5, 1973, to the former Marcella Leffel.

Roger was a member of Christ Lutheran Church. He served on the church council and performed maintenance at the church for nearly 20 years. He was an active member of American Legion Post No. 54 and Elks Lodge No. 665. He also enjoyed gardening, occasional trips to the casino, spending time with grandchildren, family and friends.

Roger is lovingly survived by his wife Marcella, his children, Rochelle (Brian) Weeks of Marshfield; Randy Schwantes of Stratford, Cheryl (Andy) Schofield-Dahl of Spencer; Mark (Denise) Eiberg of Marshfield, Randy (Tabitha) Eiberg of Stratford and Tracy (Paul) Severt of Marshfield. He is further survived by 12 grandchildren: Josh and Luke Schwantes, Stacy, Brittany, Josh, McKenna and Katlyn Eiberg, Jason and Jeremy Severt, Alex Schofield, Jed Bauer and Trystian Weeks; two brothers, Arlyn (Theresa) Schwantes and Robert (Betty) Schwantes, all of Spencer; and one sister, Vila Oelrich of Chicago.

Two sisters and two brothers, Elaine Struck and Carolyn Hopfensperger, and Gerald and Dennis Schwantes preceded Roger in death.

1940 Federal Census, Brighton Town, Marathon, Wisconsin, United States, enumeration district number: 37-7, family number: 153, sheet number and letter: 9B, line # 43

Roger Schwantes, white, single, male
residence in 1935: Same House

Household Members
head Emil Schwantes M 37 Wisconsin
wife Leota Schwantes F 34 Wisconsin
daughter Nila Schwantes F 13 Wisconsin
daughter Elione Schwantes F 12 Wisconsin
son Gerald Schwantes M 9 Wisconsin
son Roger Schwantes M 7 Wisconsin
daughter Caroline Schwantes F 5 Wisconsin
son Robert Schwantes M 1 Wisconsin


Re: Obit: Schwantes, Roger K. (1932 - 2004)

Contact: Lonnie Schwantes

The names Lonnie Schwantes of Arpin and Lisa Marie Reed of Bad Axe, Mich have been omitted from this obituary as children of the deceased.



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