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Walter Schwartz
November 4, 1936 - March 24, 2018

Walter “Walt” Schwartz, 81, of Westgate, passed away on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Oelwein Healthcare Center. Visitation will be on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Geilenfeld Funeral home in Oelwein and one hour before services at the church on Wednesday. Services will be at 11:00 am on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Westgate with Rev. Bert Mueller officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers a family memorial has been established.

Walt was born on November 4, 1936 on the family farm in rural Oelwein, the son of Albert and Ann (Bucholtz) Schwartz. He graduated from Maynard High School in 1954. On June 29, 1961 he was united in marriage to Kathryn Keniston in Prairie De Chien, Wisconsin. Walt was a farmer, (he started farming at age sixteen), then began raising and selling cattle, working for Luchtenburg Livestock and Bill Aubrey before going on his own. He also was a livestock judge at fairs and rodeos for many years. He enjoyed horse shows, roping calves, racing quarter horses, teaching his family how to farm and ride horses, visiting a casino once in awhile but most of all just being with his family. He was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Westgate, Iowa Horse Racing Association, member of NEISCA  (Northeast Iowa Saddle Cub Association) and Oelwein Saddle Club. Walter touched many lives and will be dearly missed by his friends and family.

He is survived by his wife, Kay of Westgate, a son, Jeffery (Kim) Schwartz of Gilbert, Iowa, two grandchildren, Jessica (Matt) Schulte and Nick Schwartz, two sisters, Eleanor Corcoran of Hazleton and Beverly (Les) Gaul of Missouri. He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Ann, three sisters, Dolores Edwards, Charlene Carlson and Alberta Schwartz.


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Bob Eldridge on April 10, 2018 at 6:55 PM said:

Condolences to the family. I always enjoyed visiting with Walt. A nice man.
Theresa (Fedeler) Breitbach on March 28, 2018 at 8:42 AM said:

I just learned of Walter's death from Gerald Buhr & wish to send condolences from the entire Fedeler family. My father Henry Fedeler (deceased) was a cousin & spoke kindly of Walter. May God bring you peace & comfort during this time of sadness & grief.
Howard and Karon Winwood on March 28, 2018 at 5:17 AM said:

Sending prayers and a warm hug Kay. We know he will be missed but also know he is happy and whole and most likely putting together an awesome spread for y’all in heaven.
Greg and Ann Lear on March 27, 2018 at 1:01 PM said:

May the peace of God which passes all understanding be with you Kay, Jeff, Kim, Jess, and Nick. Sending many hugs & much love to you all.
Sheryl, Dick/Dalene Gosse, Oelwein on March 26, 2018 at 11:30 PM said:

Kay, Jeff: We are sad for your loss, but Walt is on his new journey and enjoying life again. Cherish the memories you made over the years. Be close with each other. Your family and friends are hear from you, see you soon.
Lynn Ryan on March 26, 2018 at 4:40 PM said:

Walt & my Dad, Val Ryan, were great friends and ground breakers in the NE Iowa Quarter horse and race horse industry. Sincere sympathy to Kate & Family. He will be missed.
Diane Weltner & Wendall Kueker on March 26, 2018 at 12:29 PM said:

Our deepest sympathy to Kate & family. May the Lord wrap his loving arms around you & give you peace & comfort during this difficult time of sorrow. Keeping you in our thoughts & prayers.
Deb, Connie & Barb Schwartz on March 26, 2018 at 9:52 AM said:

Our sincere sympathy to the Schwartz family. Our dad, Eben, & Walt were cousins.
Jane Beckner Andresano on March 26, 2018 at 9:22 AM said:

My sincere sympathy to all the family. He will be greatly missed. Many good memories of a wonderful husband and father. Always enjoyed our get togethers. Blessings and prayers to all.

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