|Birth: ||Aug. 27, 1915|
|Death: ||Apr. 10, 1989|
Tuesday April 11, 1989
Schwengels funeral scheduled Friday
The funeral serrvice for former State Sen. Forrest "Frosty" Schwengels will be Friday at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Richard Wallarab and the Rev. Carl Riggs officiating. Burial with military rites will be in Evergreen Cemetery.
Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Pedrick Funeral Hone in Keosauqua. Masonic services will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home followed by visitation from 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Schwengels, 73, Route 2, died of heart failure at 10:33 a.m. Monday, April 10, 1989, in the Jefferson County Hospital emergency room.
He was elected to the Iowa Senate in November 1972 and served four terms, retiring last year. Schwengels was best known during his tenure in the Iowa Senate for his concern for the environment and his efforts to protect ground water.
"Senator Schwengels was an early leader on natural resource issues in the Iowa Legislature and a strong advocate for soil conservation," Gov. Terry Branstad said in a statement, "We will miss his wisdom, his committment and his common sense."
Schwengels was born Aug. 27, 1915, near Sheffield, son of Gerhardt and Meta (sic. a/k/a Metta) Stover Schwengels. He grew up in Chicago and Kirksville, Mo.
He graduated from Kirksville High School, attended Northeast Missouri State Teachers College and graduated from Parsons College in 1940.
He played football and track at both colleges and set several track records. He taught and coached in Fremont and Winfield high schools and was director of Civilian Pilot Training at Washington Junior College. He served in the U. S. Air Force from 1943-63, retiring as a lieutenant colonel.
He served as assistant Air Force attache in the U. S Embassy in Athens, Greece, and was awarded the Order of the Phoenix by the king of Greece. He taught history and political science at Parsons College from 1963-73 and was a licensed real estate salesman.
He was an elder in First Presbyterian Church, a Mason, a Shriner, a member of the Fairfield Shrine Club, Lions Club, Elks Lodge, Walton Club, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He had served on the Jefferson County Republican Central Committee and currently was a vice president of the Indian Hills Community College Foundation Board.
He married Betty Pickett July 3, 1943, at Winfield, Kan. In addition to his wife, Schwengels is survived by two sons, Lt. Col. Forrest V. Schwengels II of Poquoson, Va., Paul of Takoma Park, Md.; a daughter Suzanne Schwengels of Des Moines; six grandchildrenl two brothers, former U.S. Congressman Fred Schwengel of Arlington, Va. (sic. see Frederick Delbert Schwengel), and Carl of Washington Island, Wis.; and a sister Helene Toussaint of Washington Island, Wis.
The body will lie in state at the church from 11 a.m. Friday until the service begins. Memorials to First Presbyterian Church or Indian Hills Community College Scholarship Fund may be left at the funeral home.
Forrest was preceded in death by a brother, Harold L. Schwengels, who died on March 24, 1973 and was buried, likely, in the Chicago, Illinois area. He does not have a F/A/G memorial at present and his Fairfield Ledger obituary did not specify the cemetery name and location.
Their sister, Helene, was born April 4, 1918 and died April 23, 2003. See her memorial: Helene P Toussaint; wife of Edward F Toussaint.
Gerhardt Schwengel (1877 - 1934)
Meta Stover Schwengel (1879 - 1945)
Betty M Pickett Schwengels (1918 - 2005)
Harold L. Schwengels (1909 - 1973)*
Forrest V Schwengels (1915 - 1989)
Helene P. Schwengels Toussaint (1918 - 2003)*
Created by: Richard K Thompson
Record added: Feb 16, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 105314854
In memory of his devoted service to his country, family, and community. I enjoyed getting to know and respect him very much.|
Richard K Thompson
Added: Nov. 23, 2013