Former Eustis Resident: Jonathan Schwarz (1952-2016)
Jonathan F. Schwarz of Lincoln passed away Wednesday, July 6th, 2016 at Bryan Medical Center – West.
Services were held Tuesday, July 12th at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Lincoln.
Jon was the eldest child of Rev. Richard and Vera (Hock) Schwarz, born in Jamestown, North Dakota on November 22nd, 1952. He was baptized at December 7th, 1952 at Zion Lutheran Church of Kulm, North Dakota. As a P.K. (preacher’s kid) Jon began his life of travel at a young age. He was four years old when his family moved to Parkston, South Dakota where he was later confirmed on June 9th, 1968 at Salem Lutheran Church.
In January 1970 the family moved to Eustis, Nebraska where Jon graduated from Eustis High School in 1971. It was at Eustis High where he met the love of his life, Carolyn Weissert. Jon and Carolyn were married July 28th, 1973 in Kearney, Nebraska where Jon was attending Kearney State College.
In December 1973, Jon began his 23 year career in the United States Marine Corps. In the course of his years as a Marine he continued his travels with stations in Hawaii, California, South Carolina and Okinawa. Jon and Carolyn had two children, Jeremy Jon and Jennifer Elizabeth, both of whom also served in the military. The pride and love he had for his children was only equaled by the joy he got from being a grandfather.
Jon retired from the Marine Corps in 1996 and the couple moved to Lincoln where Jon began his career with the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency. He continued his journeys with this new job as he traveled around the state facilitating classes to local and area Emergency Management personnel. Jon loved being a Marine and was extremely proud of his service to his country. He also enjoyed reading, with the subject of military history a particular favorite.
Jon endured much pain in the last years of his life but his personal faith in Jesus Christ gave him much comfort during this particular journey.
Jon was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn, son, Jeremy (Brooke) all of Lincoln, daughter Jennifer (Dayne) Crawford of Buckeye, Arizona, grandchildren Gavin and Carson Schwarz, and Brooklynn and Jayce Crawford; sister, Kathy Gundell of Eustis, brothers Joel (Maria) Schwarz of Layton, Utah, and Steve Schwarz of Arapahoe, father-in-law Dean Weissert of Lincoln, sister-in-law Joyce (Denny) Day of Beatrice, brothers-in-law Brent Weissert of Lincoln, and Jeff (Tammy) Weissert of Charlotte, North Carolina as well as a host of nieces and nephews, relatives, friends and brothers-in-arms.
The family suggests memorials be given in Jon’s name to the EOD Warrior Foundation or Wounded Warriors.