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Lynn Schwier

March 9, 1930 — June 5, 2023

Cherokee, Iowa

Lynn Schwier


Lynn W Schwier

Sioux City, Iowa 

Lynn Wilfred Schwier, 93, formerly of Cherokee passed away Monday, June 5, 2023 at Sunrise Manor in Sioux City.

Services will be at 11:00 AM Saturday, June 10 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cherokee. The Rev. Jon Riggert will officiate. Burial will be in Oakhill Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Lynn Wilfred Schwier, the son of William and Winnifred (Heald) Schwier, was born on March 9, 1930 in Mt Vernon, SD. After his Dad lost his family farm during the Depression in 1937, Lynn moved with his older brothers, Ronald & Paul to Struble Iowa. He was confirmed in St John’s Lutheran Church in 1944, went to high school in LeMars, Iowa, graduating in 1948. Lynn went to Nebraska State Teacher’s College in Wayne, Nebraska, graduating in 1952.

On August 12, 1951 Lynn was united in marriage to Donnabeth Bressler at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Wayne. Following their marriage and his graduation, Lynn taught and coached, first in Thedford, NE for two years, in Chadron, Ne for one year. (Shop, social studies, PE, and coaching football, basketball, track). Lynn came to Cherokee, Iowa in 1955 as industrial arts teacher, becoming principal at Wilson Junior High in 1957. Lynn subsequently received his Master’s degree at University of South Dakota in 1961. Lynn served as principal for 32 years, transitioning to being principal at Roosevelt Elementary School for most of the 1980’s, retiring in 1991. He often would marvel at how much the little kids loved him as he monitored the playground, as he didn’t find the same type of love monitoring the lunch room at Wilson. Pity the poor student who didn’t eat his/her asparagus!

Lynn loved to hunt and fish and all sports: Golfing – 4 hole-in-ones, Cherokee Country Club champion two times; Bowling, winning city league bowling tournament once, and let’s not forget countless cribbage games and tournaments at Dorr’s Sporting Goods.

For 3 decades he officiated over the long jump pit at the Tomahawk Relays. In 1980 he was chosen to be the Honorary Referee for the annual event.

Lynn was a member at Trinity Lutheran Church for almost 68 years, servicing in almost every capacity, President, Secretary-Treasurer of congregation, as Elder for many years, as well as Sunday School director. Lynn was most proud of heading the Building Committee for new addition in the early 1960’ s and was so excited over the prospect of seeing the completion of the current addition to Trinity.

Lynn is survived by his three sons: Steven (Wanda) Schwier of Atlantic, Iowa, Bret (Cindy) Schwier of Elk Point, SD, and Craig Schwier of Perryton, TX, as well as his daughter-in-law of his deceased son Scott, Karen Schwier of New Hampton, IA.; 8 grandchildren, Alana (Ryan) Brown, Seth (Kassidi) Schwier, Jaime (Brock) Frahm, Matthew Schwier, Timothy (Cassie) Schwier, Carrie (John) Taylor, Paul (Ashley) Schwier, and Jennifer (Justin) Buendia.; 23 great-grandchildren, as well as other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 64 years, Donnabeth in 2015; his father, William in 1961; mother, Winnifred in 1997; son Scott in 2018; as well as two brothers, Ronald Schwier and Paul Schwier, father-in-law George Bressler, mother-in-law Venice Bressler Miller, step father-in-law Ezra Edward Miller; one great-grandson, Tyler James Ronnei; four brothers-in-law and two sisters-in-law.

The family requests that memorials be made to either the Trinity Lutheran Building Project or Trinity Lutheran Preschool.






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Past Services


Saturday, June 10, 2023

9:30 - 11:00 am (Central time)

Visitation will be held on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until service time at the church.

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Funeral Service

Saturday, June 10, 2023

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 10, 2023, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cherokee.

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Saturday, June 10, 2023

12:00 - 12:30 pm (Central time)

Burial will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Cherokee.

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