Life Story / Obituary
Eugene G. Schwaiger, aged 89 passed away on Tuesday morning, August 27, 2019. Eugene enlisted in the US Airforce in January 1951. He enrolled in the Dental Lab in Frankford, Germany where he learned to make dental products. He was then transferred to the Air Force dental lab in Landsburg, Germany and later to Ramstein, Germany where he was in charge of their dental lab. He was promoted to Staff Sergeant and was transferred to Long Island, New York, then Honorable Discharged.
Eugene came home to Grand Rapids, married Marilyn Thomas and they had 6 children. For a short time, he was a Tree Farmer, where he purchased several pieces of land and planted 99 thousand pine trees. Eugene went to work for the department stores of Paul Steketee's and Sons as the Corporate Maintenance Supervisor of all their stores. Eugene enjoyed hunting with his children at his cabin by Baldwin, MI.
He was a Master Craftsman, could do or make anything. In his lifetime he extensively remodeled our cottage at Hess Lake, remodeled an older home and built and finished the inside of his cabin.
Eugene was preceded in death by his parents, Rose and George Schwaiger, 4 brothers, Arthur, Charles, Richard and James and 3 sisters, Marcella Martin, Helen Ross and Marion Soyka.
Eugene is survived by his wife of 65 years, Marilyn, 6 children, Lynn McDaniel, Deborah DeWit, Gail Kats, Gene Jr, Brian and John Schwaiger. One sister, Judy-Ann Dakoske of California, one sister-in-law Jacquelyn Schwaiger of Grand Rapids. He has 15 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
There will be no visitation and a Private Family Service will take place. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Alzheimer's Association of West Michigan.