Denis Francis Schwickerath

denis schwickerath
Denis F. Schwickerath, age 80, of Alta Vista, IA passed away on Tuesday, December 05, 2017 at his home in Alta Vista. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Alta Vista with Father Mark Murphy celebrating the mass. Burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Alta Vista. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 PM on Friday, December 8, 2017 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in Elma with a 4:30 PM Rosary and a 7:00 PM Scriptural Wake Service. Visitation will continue at the funeral home one hour prior to the funeral mass on Saturday. Online condolences for Denis’s family may be left at Memorials may be directed to the family. Denis Francis Schwickerath was born January 26, 1937 to William and Rose (Rosonke) Schwickerath in New Hampton, IA. He attended and graduated from St. Mary’s Catholic High School in North Washington. After graduating, Denis began working for Galen’s Hatchery as a route salesman and delivery driver and Lyle’s Standard Station in New Hampton. Shortly thereafter he worked for Oliver Corporation in Charles City, IA. On October 7, 1958, Denis was united in marriage to Rosemary Troyna at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Ionia, IA. The couple made their home in Ionia before they purchased their Alta Vista farm in 1966 where they dairy farmed as a family and raised their nine children, Duane, Linda, Lori, Larry, Diane, Jim, Ron, Neil, Connie. While Denis farmed he also took great pride in driving school bus for 40 years in the New Hampton School District. He also served as an Alta Vista city police officer, mayor, and city councilman. Denis remained active in Alta Vista even after retirement. He was a member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, and the NFO (National Farmers Organization). In his spare time he enjoyed dancing with Rosemary and playing the accordion and harmonica. Denis even made a solo album. He took great pride in his family and enjoyed spending time with them. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 59 years, Rosemary Schwickerath of Alta Vista; his children, Duane (Karen) Schwickerath of Waverly, IA, Lori (Kevin) Bridges of Plainfield, IA, Larry Schwickerath of Alta Vista, IA, Diane (Joe) Trewin of Emmetsburg, IA, Ron (Stacy) Schwickerath of Virginia Beach, VA, Neil Schwickerath of Cresco, IA, Connie (Scott) Schwickerath of Buda, TX; 19 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; his siblings, Coletta (Dan) Geerts of New Hampton, Imelda Schmitt of West Union, IA, Imogene (Howard) Attig of Glenville, MN, Jane Schwickerath of Waseca, MN and Joe (RoseAnn) Schwickerath of New Hampton, IA; his in-laws, Jerry (JoAnne) Troyna of OR, Patsy (Harry) Gilbert of New Hampton, Glen (Jane) Troyna of New Hampton, Nancy (Rich) Gerber of Ionia, Judy (Tom) Tierney of New Hampton and Mike (Shirley) Troyna of New Hampton and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his children, Linda and Jim; his siblings, Gerald, Elaine and Norma; and in-laws, Donny Troyna, David Troyna and Eugene Troyna.

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  1. May the memories of your loved one Denis fill your thoughts today and in the coming days. He is no longer in pain. All our thoughts and prayers. Jeanne and David Roder

  2. My sympathy to Rosemary and family. The two of you have been friends to me and my family for many years. Denis will be missed.

  3. A few photos of Denis from visits to Alta Vista over the years. Loved being there to see him and Rosemary be the Grand Marshals a few years ago at Alta Vista Days!

  4. I am sorry I won’t be able to attend the funeral. Rosemary and family, please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Denis was always so nice to me. I will always remember that about him. He was a very welcoming father-in-law, and will be missed dearly.

  5. My deepest sympathy to the Schwickerath family on your loss of Denis. Your in my thoughts and prayers. Denis was a wonderful bus driver and a loyal employee of the New Hampton Community School District. I will never forget my senior year in high school when Denis was my bus driver.
    Jerry Zipse

  6. My sincere condolences to Denis’s entire family. Denis safely transported myself & my siblings to & from school for many years. He always had a friendly good morning for us as we entered the bus! It was pleasure to know him & call him my favorite bus driver! Thoughts & Prayers to you all, Karen (Bill) Heit

  7. Rosemary and family–sorry for your loss. Denis was my favorite bus driver!!! I still remember him letting us have water fights on the bus. May he rest in peace. Becky (Bill) Zwanziger

  8. Rosemary and family, I remember Denis as my favorite bus driver, he was so easy going and pleasant on the bus. May he rest in peace

  9. So sorry for your loss, You two were such wonderful friends and neighbors to Mom and Dad. Have always appreciated you two. Prayers to you all.

  10. So sorry to hear of your father’s passing. You have our deepest sympathy and are in our thoughts and prayers. Duane and Marlys Hackman


  12. Rosemary,
    Sending you and your family our thoughts and prayers today, you and Dennis were good neighbors to Mom and Dad, and I will never forget Rosemary how good you were to my Mother as she and we dealt with her journey thru Alzheimer’s–

  13. Rosemary and family I will always remember him in my heart always as a kind generous man. Will member the days of school bus driver to events at your warm and welcoming home god bless to you all. Lisa lane troyna

  14. Rosemary, Tom and I are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  15. Rosemary & Family, My condolences on Denis’ passing. Denis was my bus driver for numerous years. He influenced many a kids life. Thoughts and prayers. David Bill

  16. Rosemary and Family, so sorry for your loss. I remember having Denis for my bus driver and he was my favorite bus driver. He was always friendly every time I got on the bus every morning. He was a wonderful bus driver and he enjoyed the kids. I enjoyed playing bingo with Denis a few times. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. He was a wonderful man and he will be missed by many here! Lindsey Heying

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