Bay City, Michigan
Mr. Schwanke passed away peacefully at home Sunday, August 21, 2016, age 86. He was born July 15, 1930 in Capac, Michigan to the late William and Gladys (Sprotberry) Schwanke. He married his high school sweetheart Louise M. Stine in Capac on March 7, 1950 and she survives him. Vern retired from the Department of Natural Resources in 1984 with over 33 years of dedicated service. He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church and S.E.R.A. Vern enjoyed the outdoors and spent any opportunity he had to hunt, fish, and work in his yard and just simply take pleasure in what nature had to offer. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren and that time spent with them will forever provide cherished memories for years to come.
Surviving is his wife of more than 66 years, Louise. Their two daughters, Janette (Kurt) Wesley and Jill (Ryan) Robb, five grandchildren: Sean (Karissa) Wesley, Scott (Alyssa) Wesley, Kendra, Erica and Dana Robb, three great grandchildren: Reid, Raelynne and Rielle Wesley, Vern’s cousin Linda Carraway, one brother in-law Maynard (Lucille) Stine and three sisters in-law: Irene Kinyon, Alberta (Dr. Norbert) Conrad and Joann (Jim) Sholtis.
Per Vern’s request, cremation has taken place. A Celebration of his life will be held Friday, September 16, 2016 at 11:00 am at Faith Lutheran Church. Rev. Daniel Meckes will officiate and private inurnment will be held in Pine Hill Cemetery in Capac, Michigan at a later date. Friends may call at the church on Friday from 10:00 am until the time of service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Faith Lutheran Church, Good Samaritan Rescue Mission or the Bay City State Park.