Frederick Schwink


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LONGVIEW – Frederick Ward Schwink, cherished husband, father, son, brother, nephew, son-in-law and brother-in-law, died on Sept. 20, 2010, at age 48.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Broadlands. The Rev. John Sharp will officiate. There will be no visitation.

Joines Funeral Home, Villa Grove, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Throughout Frederick's life, books were like food to him, and he had an amazing appetite for them. He was a thorough expert in world history and language, but his eclectic interests covered a broad range, from medieval herbal remedies, to modern breeds of livestock, to space travel.

Laughter and adventure followed him wherever he walked - he thoroughly enjoyed the little things. He traveled the world, lived many years in Germany, spoke many languages, and relished Wagnerian opera, classical music, art, birdwatching and nature.

Frederick was an associate professor of Germanic languages and literatures at the University of Illinois. He had additional appointments in the departments of classics, linguistics and medieval studies. He held a B.A. from Iowa State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas. The honor of teaching was a sacred trust to him.

Frederick was born on April 21, 1962, in Laramie, Wyo., to Thomas Michael Schwink and Hazel Loraine Zimmerman (Schwink). He grew up in rural Carlisle, Iowa, a Midwestern boy through and through, who loved to run barefoot through the grass and swim in the pond with the snapping turtles. Even as a little boy, he was granted special lending privileges at the public library.

He married Siv Kalve Schwink on March 21, 1998, in San Francisco; he asked for her hand just three days after they first met in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Frederick was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Broadlands, where he recently served as choir director and Sunday school teacher. He was a leader for Cub Scouts Homer Pack 42 and the Leaping Lizards 4-H Club of Homer.

Surviving are his wife and three children, Kari Hazel, Sofie Kay and Frederick Olaf Schwink of Longview; his parents, of Iowa; and four siblings, Ann Schwink of Pennsylvania, Kay Schwink of Virginia, Carl Schwink of Wisconsin and Paul Schwink of Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Thomas and Anna Schwink, Ward Zimmerman and Nettie (Zimmerman) Ellis.

A man of great intellect and accomplishment, he cherished family above all else. Throughout his married life, his sustaining love for his wife and children governed every choice he made, except his last. Though he took his own life, may his faith in his savior ensure God's mercy on his soul.

Memorials can be made to Schwink Kids Educational Fund, c/o Bank of Marin, 999 Andersen Drive, San Rafael, CA 94901.

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