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Carl Laverne Schwake


Carl Laverne Schwake, 69, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, at the Villages of Marion in Marion, Iowa. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 24, at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein. Services will follow visitation at noon on Saturday, Nov. 24, at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Oelwein. A memorial fund has been established by the family. For condolences, please visit www.geilenfeldfh.com.
Carl was born on Aug. 24, 1949, in Independence, Iowa, the son of Emil and Inez (Rider) Schwake. He grew up in Independence, graduating from Independence High School in 1967 and later Hawkeye Tech. Carl worked at John Deere in Waterloo, retiring after 31 years. He also was an auto body mechanic, teacher's assistant at Hawkeye Tech and owned his own businesses in carpentry, woodworking and saw sharpening. He was a member of UAW Local 838. When he wasn't working, he enjoyed fishing, billiards, pitching horseshoes and building custom furniture for his family. He lived, worked and took great pride in providing for his family.
Carl is survived by his children, Jeremy "JJ" (Sara Bush) of Atkins, Iowa, Justin (Elizabeth Brinza) of Eagle Grove, Iowa, and Christal (Scott) Wing of Robins, Iowa; four grandchildren, Emma and Ethan Schwake and Savannah and Ciera Wing; and a sister, JoAnne Bantz of Fairbank, Iowa.
He was preceded in death by the love of his life, his wife, Doralee (May 26, 2017); two children in infancy, Christopher and Tiffanie; a sister, Betty Neely; two brothers, Paul and Robert Schwake; and his parents.