John ‘Jack’ Joseph Schwalbach

BARK RIVER – John “Jack” Joseph Schwalbach, 88, 5101 I Road, Bark River, died peacefully at his home, Saturday evening, March 23, 2013, surrounded by his family following a lengthy illness with Alzheimer’s.

He was born on Dec. 5, 1924, in Escanaba, son of John and Edith (Peterson) Schwalbach and remained an Escanaba resident all his life.

On Oct. 4, 1952, the former Alice Wikstrom married John J. Schwalbach at All Saints Church in Gladstone.

He was known to his military family as “Dutch” and served as private first class in the United States Armed Forces in World War II from March 1943 to February 1946. He was in the 2nd Battalion, 423rd Infantry Regiment, the 106th Infantry Division “Golden Lion” in Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He was an aviation cadet in the 334th Cadet Training Detachment, David & Elkins College of Elkins, Va.; United States Army Machine Gunner, 7th Armored Infantry Battalion, and 8th Armored Division “Thundering Herd” Camp Polk Louisiana Europe. He received various medals and service awards for his military services. After being honorably discharged from the military in 1946, Jack attended and graduated from Layton School of Art in Milwaukee in 1951. Jack was a professional artist who won many awards at the U.P. State Fair. He worked at Harnischfeger and retired from Schwalbach Kitchens in 1987. After retirement he spent his free time painting and spending time with two of this great-grandchildren Chase and A.J.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Alice “Ione” Wikstrom-Schwalbach; two daughters, Teresa Schwalbach and Christine Schwalbach; four sons, David (Judi) Schwalbach, Wayne (Sharon) Schwalbach, Alan Schwalbach, Dean (Cyndy) Schwalbach; two brothers, Thomas (Kay) Schwalbach and Ken (Barb) Schwalbach; 17 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren; and special friend, Tina Garbe; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his father and mother in-law, John and Alice Wikstrom; brothers, William Schwalbach, who died at birth; Bob Schwalbach, Richard Schwalbach, James Schwalbach; and sister, Helen Enna.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. The family would like to give a special thank you to the many volunteers from OSF Hospice who assisted the family in their time of need. The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Schwalbach family.