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Vernard “Dean” Schweigert passed away on March 6, 2019 at the Memory Care Unit at Candlestone Assisted Living.

Dean was born on April 19, 1930 to Vernie (Bass) and Jacob Schweigert. He would often tell people of his childhood and say “You know I had 2…and a half dozen brothers and sisters. (8)

He graduated from Midland High in 1948 and in 1950 began working at the Dow Chemical Company. While there he worked in several different areas of the company and retired as an electrician in 1986.

Fishing was one of Dean’s favorite activities. He especially enjoyed ice fishing with his son Dave and an annual fishing trip on Portage Lake in Houghton, MI with his brother Mike and other friends.   Dean had a garden where he often said he was “going to play Santa” because he would be Ho ho hoeing. Not a weed was safe. He worked at keeping the “farm” lawn looking lush and green.   He also had a joke for you—even if you didn’t want to hear one.

On July 14, 1951 he married the love of his life, Susie Fick. She survives him.

Also surviving are sons, Ron (Diane) Schweigert, Jim (Lisa) Schweigert, daughter, Tammy (Dick) Rogers, daughter-in-law, Debbie Schweigert, grandchildren; Duane and Derek Schweigert, Tanya Pritchett, Amanda, Colin, Devin (Luci) Schweigert, Rick and Sarah Rogers, foster granddaughter, Pam Lawson and foster great granddaughters, Kay and Elizabeth Lawson, great grandson, Kendrick Pritchett. He is also survived by his brother, Mike (Laura) Schweigert, sisters, Thelma (Ken) Pretzer and Carol Barnovitz, sister-in-law, Charlene Schweigert, brother-in-law, Walt (Lois) Fick, sister-in-law, Marge (Al) Clark, and many nieces and nephews, including Jo Anne and Lindsey.

He also leaves behind his newly acquired family at Candlestone Memory Cary Unit. This includes the staff, the residents and their families.

Dean was predeceased by his son, Dave Schweigert, his parents and 4 sisters and a brother.

A funeral service will be held at Smith-Miner Funeral Home on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 2:00 pm with Pastor Beth Hanson officiating. Friends may visit with the family at the funeral home on Saturday, March 9, 2019 from 4-7 pm and on Sunday from 1:00 pm until the time of service.

Burial will take place at Lee Township Cemetery.

P.S., Did you get the letter he sent you??? Well, he “forgot to stamp it”!

In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Senior Services, Nease Nazarene or MidMichigan Hospice.

On line condolences may be left at smithminer.com.

Condolence Messages

  1. Flo Gofton

    08 March 2019 2 years ago

    The class of 1948 sends it’s deepest sympathy and prayers on the loss of Dean to Susie and their family. Dean will be missed when
    we get together for a reunion. He didn’t miss many of our get to gathers and was a joy to catch up old times together.

  2. Aaron LeMay

    08 March 2019 2 years ago

    To the entire Schweigert Family, Dick, Tammy, Rick and Sarah,

    I am deeply saddened by the loss that you and your family have encountered. My family and I extend our deepest sympathies to you all.It was an honor to have known him and enjoyed the times I was able to spend with him and your family on the farm during those summer nights. May his soul be a peace and may you find comfort during this time.

    Aaron, Gretchen, Viviann & Benjamin

  3. Pastor Rick Fairfield

    08 March 2019 2 years ago

    Ron and family, the Fairfield family and your friends from Abundant Life Apostolic Church, hold you all up in prayer and thoughts. My the Lord that brings peace, that can’t be explained, be upon you all during this time and also give you all rest.
    God Bless You and Yours,
    Pastor Rick Fairfield

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