Francis Schwenke was born in Kalispell, MT. on January 25, 1947 to Herbert Leonard Schwenke and Martha Jane Chapman. He passed away Dec. 4, 2012.
He and his wife Carol of 28 years spent their retirement years traveling. Before Francis retired he spent most of his life as a logger.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Dorothy Krause, sons John Lotze and James Lotze, and daughter Beverly Schwenke.
Francis is survived by his wife, four sons: Allen Schwenke and his wife Arlene, Glen Schwenke and his wife Janell, Joe Lotze and his wife Jan, Jesse Lotze and his wife Barbara, and daughter Valerie Gathagan and her husband Travis, his brothers: Bill Schwenke, Wayne Schwenke, and his sisters: Lois Jackson, Florence Rhodes, Barbara Dougherty and her husband Bing, Irene Ferguson, Shirley Shipp and her husband Clyde, and Rosalie Schwenke. He also leaves a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Francis loved his family and enjoyed camping, horseshoes, shooting, watching Nascar, his beloved Seahawks and Mariners. He also enjoyed the annual family campouts in Montana, California, and Idaho. He was a great husband, father, and grandfather.
He will be missed by all who knew him.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the charity of your choice.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Dec. 19 at Danekas Funeral Chapel at 11 a.m. in Colville.