Don Schwarte, husband of Carol (Troll) Schwarte, died peacefully on Thursday, April 21, 2022, surrounded by a loving family.
Don was born August 3, 1947, in Panama, IA to Sylvan and Roseanne Schwarte. The eldest of eight children, Don grew up in Atlantic and graduated from Atlantic High School in 1966.
He was drafted into the United States Army in January 1968 and served in Italy. He was an Army engineer and technician that was responsible for the expert repair and maintenance of army vehicles.
He was united in marriage to Carol Troll on the icy day of December 28, 1968, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Walnut. In this union, they were blessed with three children, Jon, Jennifer, and Janece. He farmed all his life with his brothers on the Schwarte Bros. Farms east of Atlantic until he retired in 2020 but continued to enjoy hauling grain and putzing around the farm. Through the years he was an active Elks Lodge Member, he was a fourth-degree knight with the Knights of Columbus, the emphasize or the fourth degree is patriotism.
Don was a kind and loving partner to the love of his life Carol and they enjoyed camping with family and friends, playing cards, traveling together with friends from Wilson Seed, Iowa Corn Growers, and Moostash Joe, spending time with their children and grandchildren. Don also enjoyed, coconut cream pie, steak cooked medium rare, collecting junk, refurbishing vehicles; his pride and joy was his 1966 Mercury Cyclone and his Grandpa Schwarte’s 1937 H.
Preceding Don in death are his parents, Sylvan and Roseanne Schwarte; sister, Joan Anderson; and his father and mother-in-law, Alvin and Lois Troll.
Those left to cherish his memories are his wife, Carol Schwarte, son, Jon Schwarte (Barb Mitchell) of Wiota, IA, and his children Dannika, Dacoda, and Cami, daughter, Jennifer (Ray) Franko of Trumbull, CT, and their children Troy and Brett, daughter, Janece Schwarte and her children Meikah, Sylvia, Jaeger, great-grandchildren Addaline, Mirabella and Iris. Brothers, Robert (Rhonda) Schwarte of Atlantic, IA, James (Kelly) Schwarte of Elk Horn, IA, David (Paula) Schwarte of Atlantic, IA and Anthony (Daneile) Schwarte of Wiota, IA, sisters, Judy Collins of Atlantic, IA, and Rosemary (Scott) Napierala of Omaha, NE; brother-in-law, Gene (Paula) Troll of Indianola, IA; sister-in-law, Doris (Lester) Ballanyte of Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, at Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Atlantic, Iowa with Father Trevor Chicoine officiating. A luncheon will be held following mass in the catholic parish hall. . The mass will be live-streamed and may be accessed on our funeral home's website below Donald's life story.
Committal service with military honors will be held on Wednesday, April 27, 2022, at 10:30 at the Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery.
Visitation with family present will be from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., with rosary service at 5:00 p.m., on Monday, April 25, 2022, at Schmidt Family Funeral Home in Atlantic, IA.
Memorials may be directed to the family at this time and will be designated to some of Don's favorite organizations, and may be mailed to the funeral home P.O. Box 523, Atlantic, IA 50022.
Arrangements are held with the staff at Schmidt Family Funeral Home of Atlantic.
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