Leon Schwab

Saturday, May 18, 2002

JACKSON, Mo. -- Leon R. Schwab, 68, passed away Thursday, May 16, 2002, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau.

Friends may call today from 4 to 8 p.m. at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson.

Funeral service will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jackson, followed by interment in Russell Heights Cemetery. The Rev. Robert Henrichs will officiate.

Serving as pallbearers are Tom Sperling, Lester Maevers, Tim Maevers, Dave Beasley, Don Bonney and Ron Underwood.

Leon was born April 2, 1934, in Jackson, son of Alvin J. and Della D. Lange Schwab. He and Laverne Sewing were married Nov. 29, 1953.

Loving survivors include his wife, Laverne of Jackson; two sons and daughters-in-law, Bradley and Patricia Schwab of Jackson, Terry L. and Susan Schwab of Anna, Ill.; a daughter and son-in-law, Karen J. and Dennis Sanders of Jackson; a brother and sister-in-law, Jerry R. and Phyllis Schwab of Cape Girardeau; a sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Carl Pensel of Jackson; and five grandchildren, Jerrett and Casey Schwab, Ellie Gore, and Taylor and Brianne Sanders.

Leon served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952-56.

He worked several years for both the Johnson's Wax Co. and the Lipton Tea Co. He then owned and operated the former Schwab's Food King in Jackson for seven years. In 1996 he retired from Brennecke Chevrolet after 14 years of service in their sales and finance departments. Leon was currently working as a part-time van driver for Same Day Surgery at St. Francis Medical Center.

In his spare time he enjoyed playing golf at Kimbeland Country Club and playing cards with his friends.

Leon was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, charter member of its former Couples Club, and formerly played fast-pitch softball for Lutheran Laymen's League. He was a charter member of Kimbeland Country Club and a member of Altenthal-Joerns American Legion Post 158 in Jackson.

He was a former member of Jackson Rotary Club, past president of Jackson Evening Optimist Club, and formerly bowled in the Jackson Men's All-Star League.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to St. Paul Lutheran School West Renovation Fund or Immaculate Conception School Building Fund.