David Joseph Swagel, 90, finally gave up the fight with Parkinsonâ€™s disease and passed away in the loving arms of his wife Gracie. Dave was born Jan. 16, 1920 to the late Antone and Martha (Pelnar) Swagel in Kewaunee, WI. He spent his years growing up in Krok with his grandparents. He graduated from Kewaunee H.S. in 1938. He attended all of his many, many class reunions. He married Wilma Lehrmann on June 7, 1941; she preceded him in death on Oct. 16, 1986. They owned Pretty View Dairy Farm. Dave was a farmer through and through and he enjoyed it and worked hard at it. Even having a little fun on the side with the â€œboysâ€ like boating, hunting and playing jokes on people. In 1959, they sold the farm and bought the Packer City Motel. He then built the Golden Bowl in 1965. The Golden Bowl provided many years of hard work fun and good times for him and his family. On Dec. 14, 1988, Dave married Gracie Fedler in Kaui, Hawaii. They built a beautiful home with ponds in Bellevue. Dave again brought the farmer boy in him, out again. He furnished many people in vegetables, fruits and pumpkins until the last years when his health started failing him. He got his grandson-in-law, Dave â€œKahunaâ€ and great grandson, Austin into gardening. His shed is full of his many â€œtoysâ€, old tractors, cars, back hoe and many types of gardening tools. Gracie and Dave own a home in Sun City Center, FL. They enjoyed many winters and friends there. They were great polka dancers and skip-bo players. As usual, Dave was the clown and up to his practical jokes most of the time. Dave liked to have fun and good times.
He is survived by his loving wife, Gracie; â€œfavoriteâ€ daughter, Louanne (Chuck) Kuzmic; daughter-in-law, Linda Swagel; four grandchildren, Keele Curtis, Korre (Dave) Reynen, Jodi Swagel and Chad Swagel; four great grandchildren, Amber and Austin Curtis, Jaida Reynen and Ainadi Swagel; step children, Roger and Rick Fedler; and step grandchildren, Desiray and Cheyenne Fedler; brother, Leonard; sister-in-laws, Phyllis,Pat and Dolores Swagel; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Roger Hensel, Henry (Carol) Hensel, June (Don) Anderson, Dennis (Wendy) Hensel, Eugene (Jane) Lehrmann; nieces, nephews, cousins and god children; many friends from Kewaunee, (Herman Draeger, George Graff and Tony Schlise.) Green Bay (Elmer Loppnow, fishing buddy), and special friends, Jerry (Sharon) Hart and Bob (Nancy) Lonsinger from Sun City Center.
He was preceded in death by his only son, David L. Swagel on Oct. 19, 2008; parents; first wife; sister, Lorraine Taylor; brothers, Harvey, Antone, Lyman; brother-in-laws and sisters-in-law, Russell Taylor, Henry and Grace Lehrmann and Sharon Hensel.
Friends may call at Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 120 S. Henry St., on Sunday after 2 P.M. until the time of service. Funeral service Sunday 5 P.M. at the church with Pastor David Hatch officiating. Entombment at Nicolet Memorial Gardens. Proko-Wall Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be sent to Davidâ€™s family at www.prokowall.com.
Daveâ€™s family would like to give a special thank you to Heartland Hospice, especially Sarah and Bonnie for the wonderful care they gave to Dave. Also a special thank you to Pastor Dave for his many visits to Dave; also to friends in Green Bay and Sun City Center. Louanne, Chuck and family would like to give a special thank you, to Gracie for keeping Dad â€œBoboâ€ at home and all the special care you gave Dad.
Sunday Aug 15, 2010, 5:00 PM at
Our Saviour Lutheran
Sunday Aug 15, 2010, 2:00-5:00 PM at
Our Saviour Lutheran
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