Donald K. Schwab, 86, of Hooper died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2005, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.
He was born Dec. 6, 1918, in rural Hooper to Harry J. and Catherine (Schwein) Schwab. He attended District 15 School and graduated from Hooper High School in 1936. Upon graduation from high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was a decorated war hero in World War II as a first lieutenant. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts during his tour of duty in North Africa, Sicily, Italy and France. After he returned from the war, he moved onto the family farm near Hooper until his appointment as a rural mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in 1951 where he worked until his retirement in 1980. In retirement, he could be found playing golf, Euchre or gardening. He was a kind and gentle husband, father and grandpa. He had a special passion for his grandchildren.
He married Maralee Janssen on Sept. 18, 1946, at Grace Lutheran Church in Hooper.
He was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Hooper, serving on the church council for many years and as treasurer for the building fund when the church was under construction. He was very active as a member of Hooper American Legion Post 18 and Hooper-Winslow Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10535. He also was active as a member of the Elkhorn Valley Golf Club. He was a past member of the Hooper and Logan View school boards and the Nebraska Rural Mail Carriers Association.
Survivors include: his wife, Maralee, of Hooper; three daughters, Susan (Mrs. David) Bohling of Blair, Ann (Mrs. Galen) McClusky of Leawood, Kan., and Mary Ellen (Mrs. John) Beshaler of Arnold; two sons, Dr. Terry (and wife, Kim) Schwab of Joplin, Mo., and Dr. Rob (and wife, Robin) of LaVista; 16 grandchildren, Katie, Sarah and Anna Bohling of Blair, Matt, Sean, Kacie and Adam McClusky of Leawood, Kan., Zachary, Ethan, Savannah and Abbey Schwab of Joplin, Alicia, Ashley and Evan Beshaler of Arnold and Lyndsay and Drew Schwab of LaVista.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters, Verna Schwab, Esther Row, Anita Artrip and Mildred Peele, two brothers, Harry Schwab Jr. and Captain Virgil Schwab, an infant daughter, Julie, and a grandson, Nathan McClusky.
The funeral will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Hooper with the Rev. Steve Tjarks officiating. Visitation will be from 2-9 p.m. Wednesday at Warne-Johnson Funeral Home in Hooper with the family receiving friends from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Burial will be in Hooper Cemetery with military graveside services by Hooper American Legion Post 18 and Hooper-Winslow VFW Post 10535.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, Matt McClusky, Sean McClusky, Adam McClusky, Evan Beshaler, Drew Schwab, Zachary Schwab and Ethan Schwab. Honorary pallbearers will be all of Don's friends.
Special music will be provided by granddaughters, Katie, Sarah and Anna Bohling.
A memorial has been established to Redeemer Lutheran Church.