Jon Schwichtenberg, 86

Jon I. Schwichtenberg, age 86, of Hutchinson, passed away Friday, June 26, 2020, at Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson.

Jon Irving Schwichtenberg was born April 15, 1934, in Lester Prairie. He was the son of Walter Herman and Malinda (Engler) Schwichtenberg. Jon was the youngest of four children.

Jon was baptized as an infant May 6, 1934, by Rev. E.J. Necker at the St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church and later confirmed in his faith as a youth March 13, 1947, at Moravian Lutheran Church in Waconia, under the guidance of Rev. Milo Loppnow.

The family moved to Waconia when Jon was in fourth grade. He completed his elementary and high school education in Waconia and was a graduate with the Waconia High School class of 1952. Jon furthered his education at Minnesota School of Business with emphasis on sales, marketing, advertising, and basic accounting for two years. Jon spent his early adult years honing his considerable skills in construction and building fine custom cabinetry.

Jon entered active military service in the United States Army Jan. 15, 1954, in Minneapolis. He served in the 11th Airborne Division as a parachutist. He spent his time in Kentucky as an office manager and pre-airborne school trainer for older commissioned officers until his release honorable discharge from active duty Jan. 13, 1956, achieving the rank of Cpl (T).

Immediately upon his release from active duty, Jon joined Lester Buildings. He was first employed as a shop foreman and over his 35 years progressed into advertising, sales, marketing vice president, chief operating officer, and part owner.

On Dec. 28, 1956, Jon was united in marriage to Opal Hecksel at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Winsted. This marriage was blessed with three children, Brenda, Guy, and Marc. The couple rented briefly in Waconia, but moved to Lester Prairie as soon as Jon finished a rather huge do-it-yourself project of building their first home. They shared 44 years of marriage, until the passing of Opal April 9, 1991.

On July 22, 1995, Jon was united in marriage to Norma Stueven at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie. They shared 24 years of marriage. The retired couple spent their summers in Hutchinson, and winters in South Fort Myers, FL at Estero Country Club at The Vines. They returned to Minnesota full-time in the fall of 2013 due to Jon’s health restrictions.

He enjoyed his work and various hobbies of hunting, raising black labs, extensive competitive trap shooting, golfing, playing gin rummy, and elaborate model railroading. Jon especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He was a lifelong member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie, and the American Legion Ray Kirkpatrick Post 463.

A memorial service took place Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie, with interment in the church cemetery.

Pastor Eric Nelson officiated and Jane Holasek was the organist. Soloist Abby Schwichtenberg performed “Well Done” and congregational hymns were: “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty,” “Beautiful Savior,” and “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” The urn bearer was Guy Schwichtenberg.

Military honors were served by American Legion Ray Kirkpatrick Post 463.

Jon is survived by his: wife, Norma Schwichtenberg of Hutchinson; children, Brenda Vinkemeier and her husband, Daniel, of Mayer, Guy Schwichtenberg and his wife, Jennifer, of Sartell, Rev. Marc Schwichtenberg and his wife, Shane, of Rochester Hills, MI; grandchildren, Nathan Schwichtenberg and his wife, Samantha, Laura Schwichtenberg, Stacy Fenton and her husband, Benjamin, Abby and Katy Schwichtenberg; great-grandson, Brody Fenton; stepsons, Greg Schmidt and his wife, Kristin of Salt Lake City, UT, Kirk Schmidt and his wife, Carolyn, of Glencoe; step-grandchildren, Will Schmidt, Grace Schmidt, Nicholas Schmidt, and Ellie Schmidt; many other relatives, and friends.

Jon was preceded in death by his: parents, Walter and Malinda Schwichtenberg; first wife, Opal Schwichtenberg; siblings, Art and James Schwichtenberg, Lois O’Rourke; sisters-in-law, Marion and Geraldine Schwichtenberg; and brother-in-law, Harold O’Rourke.

Arrangements are by the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guest book available at www.hantge.com.

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