Carl Laverne Schwake, 69, passed away on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at The Villages of Marion in Marion, Iowa. Visitation will be from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon on Saturday November 24, 2018 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein. Services will follow visitation at 12:00 noon on Saturday, November 24, 2018 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Oelwein. A memorial fund has been established by the family.
Carl was born on August 24, 1949 in Independence, Iowa, the son of Emil and Inez (Rider) Schwake. He grew up in Independence, graduating from Independence High School in 1967 and later Hawkeye Tech. Carl worked at John Deere in Waterloo, retiring after 31 years. He also was an auto body mechanic, teacher’s assistant at Hawkeye Tech and owned his own businesses in carpentry, woodworking and saw sharpening. He was a member of the UAW Local 838. When he wasn’t working he enjoyed fishing, billiards, pitching horseshoes and building custom furniture for his family. He lived, worked and took great pride in providing for his family.
Carl is survived by his children, Jeremy “JJ” (Sara Bush) of Atkins, Iowa, Justin (Elizabeth Brinza) of Eagle Grove, Iowa and Christal (Scott) Wing of Robin, Iowa; four grandchildren, Emma and Ethan Schwake, Savannah and Ciera Wing; a sister, JoAnne Bantz of Fairbank, Iowa. He was preceded in death by the love of his life, his wife, Doralee (5/26/2017); two children in infancy, Christopher and Tiffanie; a sister, Betty Neely; two brothers, Paul and Robert Schwake and his parents.