Schwarz, Roger A.

Roger A. Schwarz, 72, of Galesburg, died at 9:53 a.m. Wednesday, August 27, 2014 in OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, surrounded by his family.

He was born October 24, 1941 in Galesburg, the son of Jack A. and Leona Mae (Hartman) Schwarz. He married Teresa Lester in Galesburg. He later married Sharon K. English on July 21, 1984 in Galesburg.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Sharon; four children, Julie Schwarz of Orlando, Florida, Phillip (and Darrilyn) Schwarz of Naperville, Kari (and Jason) Forster of Morrison, and Erin (and Jeremy) Morris of Galesburg; eight grandchildren, Brendan Hinton, McKinzie Morris, Mason Morris, Emma Youngquist, Makayla Morris, Cooper Schwarz, Chasitee Forster, and Blake Forster; and two brothers, Robert Schwarz of Galesburg and Larry (and Bea) Schwarz of Thailand. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Roger was the owner and operator of Schwarz Brothers Manufacturing for 42 years, retiring in 1999. He served in the Unites States Air Force from 1964 to 1968. He was a staff sergeant stationed in Alaska.

Roger was a sports fan, especially of the Chicago Cubs and Bears. He golfed daily and made three holes-in-one. Roger and Sharon enjoyed traveling and had visited all 50 states. Since retirement, Roger and Sharon have wintered in Florida. He enjoyed being around all children. Roger was a 50 gallon blood donor in life, and in death was a tissue donor.

Visitation will be 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 30, 2014 at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. Funeral services will follow at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Jim Ecklund officiating. Military rites will also be provided by Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post 285. Cremation will be accorded following the funeral. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. Online condolences may be made at