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“My condolences to Schwaller family! Joe was a good man. I remember him well from Schoenfelder's. May he Rest In Peace! ”
1 of 4 | Posted by: Ron Nikodym - Shawnee, KS

“OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY IN THE LOSS OF YOUR FATHER. I REMEMBER YOUR FAMILY VERY WELL.. OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH ALL OF YOU. ONE THING I WILL...Read More ยป
2 of 4 | Posted by: Jean Pesek (matucha) - thornton, CO

“Betty, your classmates from 1973 extend our sympathy. Please know we are all thinking of you and your family. ”
3 of 4 | Posted by: Class of 1973 Gregory - Gregory, SD

“Rest in peace Joey. Love you uncle Joey. God bless all of my cousins. ”
4 of 4 | Posted by: Teresa Biederman - Sac city iowa, IA


Joseph Bernard Schwaller was born at home on June 4, 1921 to Joseph Edward and Margaret Catherine (Drilling) Schwaller. Joe grew up around Early, Lake View, and Sac City, Iowa. He went to country school through the eighth grade.

Joe was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1943 and was honorably discharged on September 9, 1946. He served in the Quadgalene Islands for seven and a half months where he was an artillery gun relayer and also in the Marshall Islands in Japan. He then went to the Hennepeepee Island in Hawaii on a pineapple plantation where he was a guard for the prisoners. He was discharged as a Private First Class and awarded the Good Conduct Medal and the Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon.

On February 26, 1946, Joe married Cecelia Helen Schmitz in Bonesteel, SD. To this union seven children were born Judy, Linda, John, Debbie, Betty, Mike, and Danny. Joe spent a number of years farming and in 1961 moved his family to Gregory where he worked as a gas station attendant and Schoenfelder Chevrolet for many years. He also worked for the City of Gregory until he moved to Sioux Falls in 1992 to be closer to his children.

Joe passed away at the Good Samaritan Center in Sioux Falls on November 11, 2016 at the age of 95.

Joe was preceded in death by his wife Cecelia, son John, infant son Danny, grandson Shawn, three sisters Marcella, Lorraine, and Dorothy, four brothers Edward, Lenus, Francis, and Richard, and his parents Joseph and Margaret.

He is survived by his children Judy (Joe) Geaghan, Freemont, NE, Linda (Marvin) Sharkey, Brandon, SD, Debbie (Dennis) Arnold, Watertown, SD, Betty (Craig) Hegge, Mitchell, SD, and Mike Schwaller, Elmwood, NE; daughter-in-law Rosemary, Sioux Falls, SD; fourteen grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren, and three great great grandchildren and sister Janice Cooper.

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Funeral services for Joe Schwaller, 95, of Sioux Falls, SD were held Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Gregory with Father Godfrey Muwanga as Celebrant. A visitation was held two hours prior to the funeral service at the church.

Jaelyn Smith and Samanth Ypper were in charge of registration.

Music was provided by Mary Beth Gergen, pianist, and the St. Joseph Choir. Musical selections were "Precious Lord Take My Hand," "Here I Am Lord," "Be Not Afraid," "Song of Farewell," and "On Eagles Wings." Recorded music was "I Can Only Imagine."

Cantor was Patricia Willuweit. Lector was Rita Grim.

Altar Servers were Lauren Svatos and Joseph Veskrna.

Gift Bearers were Linda Sharkey and Judy Geaghan.

Pallbearers were Joe's grandchildren Jackie Ypper, Bobbi Jo Smith, Amy Richardson, Krista Hegge, Tony Arnold, Nikki Sejnoha, Josh Schwaller, and great grandson Preston Sharkey.

Military honors were given by the Gregory American Legion and the National Guard Honors.

Burial was in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Gregory, SD.