Darrell Lee Schwab, 93 of rural Litchfield, passed away Friday, January 7, 2022 at 7:41 a.m. at his residence. Mr. Schwab was born at home on the family farm in Honey Point Township, Macoupin County, west of Litchfield. Born to John Joseph and Emma Marie (Kuntzmann) Schwab on January 21, 1928.
Mr. Schwab was a graduate of Litchfield Community High School with the Class of 1946. He served in the U.S. Army from January 9, 1951 until he was honorably discharged on January 8, 1953, serving in the Korean War, and was an aviation mechanic and held the rank of Corporal. He married the former Joyce Anne Sturgeon on August 13, 1955 at the Union Avenue Christian Church in Litchfield, and she survives.
Mr. Schwab was a life-long farmer. He enjoyed and took great pride in raising beef cattle. He was always willing to lend a hand to a neighbor or someone in an emergency situation by loaning out his equipment or a truck when they needed help. Mr. Schwab was the former chairman of the Macoupin County Soil and Water Conservation District. He was a collector of M Farmall Tractors. Mr. Schwab and his wife enjoyed traveling over to the Illinois River at Hardin on special occasions and enjoying lunch at Mel’s Riverdock and driving through the area of “the land between the rivers”. They also enjoyed going to cattle sales in Perryville, MO. Mr. Schwab always enjoyed visiting with his family and friends.
In addition to his wife, Joyce, Mr. Schwab is survived by his sister, Carolyn Schwab and sister-in-law Sharon Schwab both of Litchfield, with several nieces and nephews, and his dog “Buster”. Additional survivors include special friends, Larry and Debbie White, Charlie and Kelly Sinclair.
Mr. Schwab is preceded in death by his parents, three brothers; Gene, Lyndal and Ronald Schwab. Three sisters; Melba Hartke, Maxine Nimmons and Joyce Vedder.
Funeral Services for Mr. Schwab will be conducted on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 12:00 Noon at the Plummer Funeral Home in Litchfield. Rev. Jon Magnuson, pastor of the Beacon Church will officiate. Burial will be in the Elmwood Cemetery in Litchfield, with military honors at graveside. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 10:00 until the time of service. Celebration of life will be held at a later time.
Per Mr. Schwab’s request, memorials are suggested to St. Louis Children’s Hospital, #1 Children’s Place, St. Louis, MO 63110
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