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Edwin 'Ed' C. Schwartz

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

July 8, 1925-July 26, 2005

NORTH PLATTE -- Edwin "Ed" C. Schwartz, 80, died Tuesday (July 26, 2005), at his home in North Platte following a brief battle with cancer.

He was born July 8, 1925, on the family farm south of Max to Edwin Clarence and Eda Lena (Mundt) Schwartz. He baptized on Aug. 9, 1925, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Benkelman and confirmed there on Oct. 29, 1939.

On Dec. 28, 1949, he married Betty Joan Foster in Benkelman. He farmed until 1963, becoming an agent for Farm Bureau Insurance in Ogallala. He moved with his family to North Platte in 1965, working for Farm Bureau, David Harem Seed Company, Lexington Mills, Sears and The University of Nebraska -- West Central Research and Extension Center. He retired in 1990.

He was a member of the North Platte Barbershoppers, the Cowboy Capital Chorus of Ogallala and sang bass in the "Four in a Chord" quartet. He also was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church of North Platte, the North Platte Kiwanis Club. He was named "Kiwanian of the Year" twice, and honored with their highest award -- The George F. Hixon Fellow Award in 2000.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his parents-in-law, Leo and VaLeita Foster; and step mother-in-law, Irene Morrison Foster.

Survivors include his wife, Joan Schwartz; three children Charles and wife, Judy Schwartz of North Platte, Vicki and husband, Dennis Fowler of Winston-Salem, N. C., and Diane and husband Doug Gibson of North Platte; 9 grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

A memorial celebration of life will be Saturday, 11 a.m., at First Evangelical Lutheran Church with the Rev. Dr. Nathan R. Wadewitz officiating.

The body has been cremated. Those wanting to sign the memorial book may do so Thursday and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Carpenter Memorial Chapel in North Platte.

Memorials are suggested to First Evangelical Lutheran Church or Great Plains Hospice of Great Plains Regional Medical Center.

Carpenter Memorial Chapel of North Platte is in charge of arrangements.