Frederick C. Schworer

Fred SchworerAge 86, passed away November 15, 2022.  He was born November 27, 1935, in DeWitt, Michigan.  Fred graduated from Sexton High School in 1954, with Elizabeth Healey, who would become his wife.  He attended Ferris State University before transferring to, and graduating from MSU with a bachelor’s degree in Forestry.  Fred was a veteran, serving in the U.S. Army.  He worked as a park ranger at Yosemite National Park, then worked as a forester for the City of Flint, then worked and retired from the City of East Lansing, Parks and Recreation Department.  Fred also owned his own businesses for tree removal, and landscaping, and also was a well-known antique dealer specializing in antiques and collectibles for over 30 years. He was a faithful member of North Westminster Presbyterian Church, as well as a member of F.O. Eagles Lodge.  He was an avid hunter, sharing lots of hunting memories at Hobart Swamp Hunting Camp with his sons and grandsons, and many of his lifelong friends. He also enjoyed golf, bowling, fishing, and traveling; however, he enjoyed being with his family more than anything.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth “Betty” Schworer; his father, Ernest Schworer; his mother, Martha Miller; and sister, Marjorie Schworer.  Surviving are:  daughter, Laurie Carey; son, Steve (Leisa) Schworer; grandsons, Colton Frederick Schworer and Cody Steven Schworer; sisters, Helen Mitchell and Bonnie Rambo, along with several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 3, 2022, at North Westminster Presbyterian Church, 743 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Lansing, MI.  Interment will follow in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Lansing, MI. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday at the church. Contributions in Frederick’s memory may be made to Hospice House of Shiawassee or to North Westminster Presbyterian Church in Lansing.  Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.

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DANIEL w Bargy
November 17, 2022 at 8:50 am

So sorry to read of Fred’s passing. He was a good man and awesome antique dealer. He will be missed by many. My deepest sympathy to his family.

Daniel Bargy

Jon Wise
November 19, 2022 at 9:54 pm

I was deeply saddened to learn of Fred’s passing. I always enjoyed talking with him at auction sales and flea markets, and occasionally buying and selling with Fred. My life is richer for knowing Fred. Rest in peace, my friend!

Colton Frederick Schworer
November 21, 2022 at 10:09 am

My Grandpas Schworer was truly one of a kind. The best memories I have of him would be him always coming to my sporting events, and spending time with him at our cabin. All of the memories, wise words, stories, jokes, and knowledge will not be lost. He was a master deer hunter and the very first Cabin Brother at our deer hunting property. Every time I’m in the woods hunting I’ll be thinking of you. It might take the whole rest of my life, but one of my goals is to be just like you. I wish to be the best dad like you were and I wish to be the best grandpa like you were. My Grandpa Schworer was a born again believer in Jesus Christ and believed Jesus dead for his sins. So it’s easy for me to sleep at night knowing that he is in paradise sitting at the right hand of God the Father.

Bob Rice JR
November 21, 2022 at 8:56 pm

Fred Bear is the name that us cabin brothers call him and always will.. Fred had a vary huge part in the out door off grid hunting cabin life style I live to this day. In 1963 Fred & my Dad Bob Rice senior build this little hunting cabin in the swamps of upper lower Michigan in Hobart Swamp !!! Changed my life forever, I can remember ever trip there as a little boy with all the big guys with their deer rifles & red and black checkers plaid hunting clothes . Hooked for life I was .. Fred let me drive his jeep in 1979 out to my dads deer blind the year we lost my dad .. I shot my vary first buck and hauled it back to camp at 14 years old with that jeep I was so proud when we were driving back to Lansing with that six pointer on the back of his jeep .. Hooked for life I was, 43 yeas later Fred Bear left us all on opening day of Michigan deer season Nov15th .. As I sat in my little log cabin in the woods near Hobart Swamp I could only think of how this Man gave me the Dreams & Will to be a true cabin brother in the woods of northern Michigan. Well driving home from deer camp this year after Steve told me about his dad passing . I could not help but notice the fact that I had got a six point buck on the same day he passed away the 15th opening Day… And drive it home on the back of my jeep !! Fred Bear will live forever in the swamps and the hearts of those he touched in that small cabin in the woods he truly was a man of the Forest. RIP Fred.

Aunt Sue
November 22, 2022 at 6:50 am

My heart just aches for his family that he left behind, he thought the world of his family and was always there! Every birthday , every ball game no matter how cold he was always there with a big smile on his face, He will be deeply missed, so many memories he left behind! Rest In Peace Fred!

Pamela Drew
November 22, 2022 at 7:26 am

Steven and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Many prayers and hugs to you

Carrie Myers
November 22, 2022 at 10:49 am

My condolences go out to the Schworer family. No words can express my feelings for the loss of Fred. I didn’t really encounter him alot but when I did it wasn’t a dull moment. You will be missed dearly

Ken Norton
November 28, 2022 at 7:17 am

You will not be forgotten Uncle Fred…

Gordon Ruehs
November 28, 2022 at 1:39 pm

I began a lifelong friendship with Fred Schworer in elementary school. Over the years, this remarkable man demonstrated talent and success in many ways. He won two State Championships in High School wrestling with an undefeated record. He excelled in Track and Field at Ferris State track team where he set a school record in the Javelin Throw. He was a successful business man and Forestry Dept employee for both Lansing and East Lansing.

We shared a passion for hunting which flourished for many years at Fred’s cabin, called the “The Hobart Swamp Hunting Camp”. Fred gave much time and effort to teaching the younger hunters the basic skills, including his son and grandsons, who show they learned their lessons very well! It is so ironic the he passed away on Nov 15th, the opening day of the rifle deer season.

He was known also for his great respect and loyalty for his family and friends, who will miss him dearly.

It was my good fortune to call him my friend——rest in peace, old buddy.

Katrina (USPS)
November 29, 2022 at 12:41 am

Ms. Mitchell and the Schworer Family,

I am sorry for your loss. Mr. Schworer was always so kind and he had a wonderful smile. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Bob Hegerberg
December 16, 2022 at 3:47 pm

Sorry to hear about Fred. Betty’s cousin.


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