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Carl Schwake
August 24, 1949 - November 17, 2018

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.  


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Dixie Hansen on November 30, 2018 at 9:57 PM said:

I didn't Carl Schwake or his immediate family but I know Scott Wing (I am Allan Schmitt's aunt). I will be praying for his family and friends, who loved him, during this time of loss.
Laree Randall on November 23, 2018 at 6:58 PM said:

The Class of 1968 wants to extend our sympathy to all of the family. It was so wonderful to have Carl attend the 50 year Reunion in September.
Mikaela on November 21, 2018 at 12:56 PM said:

I am so very sorry for your loss of Carl, even though I didn’t get to know him personally. Losing a dear loved one in death can be very distressing for us to go through. Notice in this Bible account where we can find reliable help in dealing with our grief. It’s found at 2 Corinthians 1:3,4 which says,”Praised be the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ, father of tender mercies, and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our trials...” After considering this we can see that God will give us the comfort we need during trouble some times. He’s described as the God of all comfort. I hope you enjoyed this thought and for more comforting thoughts from the Bible check out jw.org.
Larry and Marion Schanke on November 20, 2018 at 3:20 PM said:

Larry grew up with Carl and they graduated together at Independence High School. He built us a (2)flag containers for our son 7 years ago when he passed away. We will always treasure it. He will be missed so much. He is once again with Doralee may they both rest in peace. Sending prayers to their children and families.
Carolyn Beier on November 20, 2018 at 2:12 PM said:

To my young friends,JJ,Christal & Justin my deepest sympathy.I am so very sorry about your second lose in such a short time.Don & I have you & your families in our hearts & prayers.We will be out of town so not able to attend the funeral but will be thinking about you. Sincerely,Carolyn
Karen Kennedy on November 20, 2018 at 11:59 AM said:

Dori and Carl have been my very good friends for many, many years--since our kids were little. Have wonderful memories of all the good times we had over the years and watching our kids grow up. Sad that they have both passed at early ages. My sympathies to Cristal, J,J., Justin and their families and to their other relatives and friends. Good people, wonderful friends--they are truly missed!fx

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