Carl David Schwarz, 81, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Sunday, November 10th, 2013, at Golden LivingCenter in Cozad, Nebraska.
He was born January 8th, 1932, on a farm Northeast of Smithfield, Nebraska, to Frank and Dorothy (Woodside) Schwarz. He attended school at Smithfield through the 8th grade and through “Operation Recognition” earned his honorary high school diploma from Elwood High School. Carl served his Country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict from September 9th, 1952 until his honorable discharge on June 19th, 1954. He was honored with the Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, the United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal as well as the Combat Infantry Badge.
Carl was united in marriage to Lucy Netzel on January 8th, 1955, in Lexington. The couple later divorced in 1978. Seven children were blessed to this marriage; David, Teresa, Ronald, Anthony, Kathy, Charlie and Troy.
Carl spent his entire working career at David Harum Flour Mill where he worked his way up through every position in the company, except for a short time when he worked at Monroe Auto in Cozad and farmed near Oconto, Nebraska, for a couple of years. After retiring from the flour mill he drove truck for area farmers.
He was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church, VFW, American Legion and the Eagles Club.
Carl enjoyed reading, word search puzzles, watching old westerns, fishing with his brothers, and enjoyed having a beer or two with friends at the Veteran’s Memorial Club.
Survivors include four sons; Ronald Schwarz of Lexington; Anthony (Naomi) Schwarz of Kearney, Nebraska; Charlie (Denise) Schwarz of Lexington; Troy (Angela) Schwarz of Gothenburg, Nebraska; two daughters, Teresa (Gary) Smith of Gothenburg and Kathy (Tim) Lord of Indianola, Nebraska; 15 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren with one on the way; daughter-in-law, Vicky (Jeff) Weber of Alliance, Nebraska; three brothers; Mike Schwarz of Lexington; Kenny (Shirley) Schwarz of Elwood, Nebraska and Eugene (Nancy) Schwarz of Ft. Collins, Colorado; two sisters, Alice Wenburg of Lexington and Martha (Wally) Hubbard of Lexington, Nebraska; four sisters-in-law; Phyllis Schwarz of Ft. Collins, Colorado; Judith Schwarz of Lexington, Nebraska; Cindy Schwarz of Arapahoe, Nebraska and Shelby Schwarz of Lexington; as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Carl was preceded in death by his parents; son, David; three grandchildren; Nathan, Natalie and Nicole; four brothers; Harry, Robert, Ray and Sandra Schwarz; two sisters-in-law, Helen Schwarz and Keith Schwarz and one brother-in-law, Floyd Wenburg.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, November 15th, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Lexington with Reverend Neal Nollette officiating.
Burial will be that same afternoon at 2 p.m. at Fort McPherson National Cemetery at Maxwell, Nebraska.
Visitation will be held Thursday, November 14th, 2013, from 5-7 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Chapel in Lexington.
Memorials are suggested to the Wounded Warriors Project or the Heartland Military Museum in Lexington.