03/27/2013 - Lyle Schwarting
Funeral services for Lyle Henry Schwarting, age 88, of Gordon, NE will be Wednesday March 27, 2013 at 10:00 AM at the Grace Lutheran Church in Gordon, NE with Pastor Travis Sherman officiating.
Visitation will be Tuesday March 26, 2013 from 5-7:00 PM at Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home in Gordon, NE.
Burial will be at the Gordon Cemetery.
A memorial has been established and donations may be sent in care of Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home, PO Box 366, Gordon, NE 69343.
Lyle Henry Schwarting was born to Henry and Martha (Prawitz) Schwarting on their farm near Bertha NE on May 12, 1924. In 1925, he moved with his
parents to a farm north of Batesland SD and, in 1931, to a farm near
Wounded Knee SD.
After graduating from Batesland High School, he drove trucks building
runway for an air base in Kearney NE. Then he returned to South Dakota to
help his dad farm.
He met the love of his life, Irene Marie Kuxhaus, at a dance in Martin SD.
Their marriage on March 9, 1946 was the beginning of a lifetime
partnership, working side by side, that lasted over 67 years. After they
were married, they transformed a granary into their first home near Sweet
SD and did it again to a granary east of Gordon in 1948. Their time was
consumed with work and raising their children, Don and Sandra.
They farmed and ranched in Bennett County SD, Shannon County SD and Cherry County, Nebraska. Many hours were spent moving equipment. The whole family helped with the work while Lyle made the rounds keeping everyone going.
In addition to farming and ranching, over the years, he tried his hand at
other jobs - fireman on the railroad, helping drill an oil well, private
airplane pilot, dirt moving to build dams, terraces and waterways, dairy
operator, hog farmer, carpet installer, auto parts salesman and owner of
the Arrowhead Inn at White Clay NE. When he sold the bar in 1996, he
could still jump over the counter to pursue shoplifters.
His passion in retirement was buying and restoring antique tractors and
stationary engines. He and his buddy, Charles Kelly, spent many hours
going to auctions and tractor pulls. He enjoyed every minute of it.
Unfortunately, his fun was short-lived when he had a debilitating stroke
on Jan 10, 2003. The doctors said that he would never walk again but he
was determined to run a tractor again and worked hard until he was able to
walk with the aid of a walker. One day, when no one was watching, he
climbed onto one of his tractors only to find that it was blocked in and
he couldn't go anywhere. It was still a major accomplishment for him.
His red jazzer became his mode of transportation. He continued to tinker
on his antiques, with Irene’s assistance, until she suffered a stroke in
July 2010. They both moved to Gordon Countryside Care where he resided
until his death on March 23, 2013.
Lyle was preceded in death by an infant sister, his sister Mildred, his parents and his son, Don.
Survivors include Irene; Connie Schwarting of Rapid City SD and her
children, Nikki (Joe) Tuma of Rapid City SD, Jared (Rebecca) Schwarting of
Queen City AZ, Jason (Brooke) Schwarting of Rushville NE and Justin
Schwarting of Glendale AZ; and Sandra (Gerald) Bruns of Billings MT and
their children, Corri of Billings MT and Derek (Melissa) Bruns of
Olsbrucken, Germany. His great grandchildren are Ashley, Michael and
Payton Tuma, Ryan, Dylan and Kaitlyn Schwarting, Tristan Tuma, Kobe and
Keenan Schwarting, Riley, Alex and Michael Bruns.
He will be remembered for his love of family, constant smile and famous
war whoop. He set a wonderful example of how to always treat others with
respect and will be missed by all who knew him.
Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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