Jack O. Schwager, beloved husband, dad, granddad, brother and uncle, passed away in Colville on Nov. 25, 2013 at the age of 89.
Jack was born in Spirit Lake, Idaho, Feb. 29, 1924 to Jack Sr. and Sadie Schwager.
His early years were spent in the Malo/Curlew area. The family then moved to the Blue Creek area in 1940. Jack graduated from Jenkins High School (Chewelah) in 1941.
He entered the U.S. Army in 1944, serving in the European Theater during WWII.
While serving, he sustained burns to his legs in May, 1945 and remained hospitalized until August, 1946 when he was honorably discharged.
Upon return to Blue Creek, Jack married Genevieve Hixson Dec. 18, 1945. After living in Tacoma for a short time, the couple returned to Blue Creek and built their home of 60 years. He spent the last six years of his life under the loving care of the staff at Pinewood Terrace in Colville.
Jack enjoyed hunting and fishing with his sons. Jack and Genevieve also enjoyed camping and traveling, making two trips to Venezuela. He spent many hours in his wood shop creating projects and in his garage fixing anything mechanical and building and rebuilding homemade tractors until he purchased his prized Kubota Tractor. He loved playing cards with friends and family.
He worked at the Chewelah Magnasite Plant for a time. He spent several years logging and later worked for Colville Valley Concrete and Wishon Trucking. He retired from Quality Concrete in 1986.
He is survived by Genevieve, his wife of 67 years; daughter Vesta Schwager-Hampton; son, Les Schwager, and his wife, Renae; grandchildren, Will Hampton, Kelee Frantz, Nathan Schwager, Clover Joyce, Zachary Schwager; step-grandchildren, Stacy Wolfe and Jack McDonald, nine great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and a brother, Robert Schwager.
Jack was preceded in death by his son, Vernon Schwager; brothers, Kenneth, Earl, Wayne, Ted, sisters Juanita Gent and Beth Stolp.
The family will have a private memorial at a later date.
His love of life and wonderful smile will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Pinewood Nursing Home, The Union Gospel Mission or to the charity of your choice.