George Schweer

Sunday, January 8, 2006

George B. Schweer, 75, of Jackson passed away Saturday, Jan.7, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital.

He was born Oct. 7, 1930, in the Byrd's Creek Community, son of the late Otto and Mollie McBryde Schweer. He and Ruth Noland were married Feb. 22, 1951, in Old Appleton.

Baptized and confirmed at Emanuel United Church of Christ in Jackson, George was a lifetime member of the church. He was a 1948 graduate of Jackson High School, and served in the U.S. Army in Japan during the Korean War.

In 1966, he and his family moved to the family farm located north of Jackson. In addition to farming, George's career included employment at the Coca-Cola Bottling Plant, where he was the head bottler; National Life and Accident Insurance Co.; Co-op in Jackson, where he delivered fuel; and 12 years as a rural mail carrier for the Jackson post office, retiring in 1989. In 1998, they moved to the city of Jackson.

He was a member of Altenthal-Joerns American Legion Post 158 in Jackson and was an avid baseball fan.

Survivors include Ruth, his loving wife of 54 years; three daughters, Pamela (Thomas) Schulte, Kathryn (Gary) Turner and Cheryl Bodenstein, all of Jackson; a brother, Gary (Betty) Schweer of Egypt Mills, two sisters, Fern Schlimme of Cape Girardeau, Betty Baxter of Tamarac, Fla.; six grandchildren, Sami and Janna Schulte, Joshua (Jennifer) Turner, Benjamin Turner, T.J. and Shelly Bodenstein; and three great-grandchildren, Hunter Asher, Molly and Katelyn Turner.

He was preceded in death by a son, Jeffrey, in 1991; three sisters; and two grandsons.

Friends may call today from 4 to 8 p.m. at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson. An American Legion service will be held at 7 p.m.

Funeral service will be Monday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home, with the Rev. Sam Roethemeyer officiating.

Interment will follow in St. John's United Church of Christ Cemetery near Fruitland, with full military honors.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the Expansion Fund of Emanuel United Church of Christ, or the charity of one's choice.