Eldron Richard “Dick” Schwemin
MARQUETTE, MI. – E. Richard “Dick” Schwemin, age 81, of Marquette, entered eternal life Friday morning, August 8, 2014, at his daughter’s home, in the loving and comforting care of his children, family friends, and UP Home Health and Hospice.
Born April 26, 1933 in Marquette, a son of Edward and Laura (Ayotte) Schwemin, Dick was raised in Marquette. Following graduation from high school, he enlisted in the US Marine Corps, serving his country during the Korean Conflict. Returning to Marquette, he established himself as a plumber and was part owner of E & S Plumbing and Heating. Following a disabling accident, Dick assumed the roles of being a homemaker and raising his children. Well known for his cooking and baking skills, he frequently shared those talents at family gatherings. For six years, he assisted his daughter at the former Coffee Shop (corner of Baraga and Front Streets) by creating cakes, pasties, fudge, and his special chicken and dumplings for her customers. Never shy, Dick knew his recipes were the finest, that he produced a good product, and wasn’t afraid to tell you so. Folks often presented him with questions from cooking to how to fix things. Known as the family handyman, Dick was a jack-of-all-trades and enjoyed sharing his expertise especially when helping his children with their various household projects.
Again, he presented sage advice, provided know-how, grumbled, went to work, grumbled, and turned out the finished product. He loved his family and they were always priority one. When outdoors or at the camp in Kiva, Dick enjoyed chopping, splitting, and piling wood.
Being out in nature and enjoying his animals was the relaxation to an active life. Both he and wife, Joanne (Cline), were actively involved in Marquette Soft Ball, the renovation of Hurley Field, and helping to organize events with the thrill of watching their children and grandchildren play ball. For over 29 years, Dick also served on the Marquette Transit Authority Board. He will be missed because of his down to earth approach to things and his willingness to “tell it like it is” whether the opinion was popular or not. He had a great sense of humor, who else would pay $20 to receive ordination papers from a diploma mill in California so he could be called “Rev. E. Richard”? And, then pay additional money to have his beloved canine companion brought into the fold as “Rev. Peanut”. He was also generous, much of which was done in secret to the less fortunate.
Dick is survived by his beloved children, Rick and Lori Schwemin, Peggy Schwemin, Patty “Joey” Schwemin and partner, Shelley Brandow, Mary Schwemin, Lori Schwemin and partner, Janice Peterson; his grandchildren, Tyler and Wyatt Schwemin, and Derrick DePetro. He also leaves a brother, Denny (Roseann) Keller; his in-laws, Tony (Dorothy) Cline, Georgia (the late Raymond) Peterson, and Gail (the late John) Timko; numerous nieces and nephews; and his friends at the Christmas casino. In addition to his parents, Dick was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Joanne, September 22, 2012; a sister, Anna (the late Robert) Fletcher; two brothers, Ardell and Everette (the late Marion) Schwemin; and in-laws, Arthur and Leota Cline, Arthur Paul Cline, Jr. and Phyllis Meyers; and his buddy, Rev. Peanut.
The family will receive relatives and friends at the Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home on Monday, August 11, from 4:00 pm until the time of service at 6:00 pm. Rev. Leon Jarvis will preside. Veteran’s honors will be accorded by members of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 380.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family. Condolences may be expressed online at swansonlundquistfuneral.com.