John R. Schwanbeck
John Raymond Schwanbeck, 85, of La Crosse WI, passed away Wednesday, July 25, 2018. John was born in La Crosse on August 31, 1932 to Raymond and Gretchen (Mastenbrook) Schwanbeck. In 1953 John joined the U.S. Army serving in Korea. He married Betty L. Smith on August 9, 1958 and she preceded him in death in 1997. John was a long time employee of the City of La Crosse and retired after 33 years. He was a great outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing. He enjoyed playing cards and jigsaw puzzles.
John is survived by his daughter Lisa (Joe) Gale of Winona, MN, his grandchildren; Sara (Blake) Deneweth, Samantha and Christian Gale, sister-in-law Anita (Ken) Blake, brothers-in-law Rod (Kay) Smith, Doug (Rhonda) Smith, and other relatives. He will be greatly missed by special friends Dorothy, Pam, Marley and Rufus.
John was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Betty, a brother-in-law Fred Smith and his brother Donald and his wife Julene.
Funeral services will be held Monday July 30, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. at the Blaschke & Schneider Funeral Home 1501 West Ave. S. Rev. R. Kent Cormack will officiate with burial with military honors by American Legion Post 52 at Oak Grove Cemetery. Family and friends may call at the funeral home from 12:00 Noon until the time of services.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to the Freedom Honor Flight
Prayer to the Sacred Heart
I consecrate to Thee, O Jesus of Love, all the joys, sorrows, and happiness of our family life. I beseech Thee to pour out Thy best blessings on all our family, absent and present, living and dead. And when one after another, we have fallen asleep in Thy Blessed Bosom. May our family be reunited again in Thy Most Sacred Heart. Amen