Garry Swartz

Garry Swartz

Wednesday, March 27th, 1946 - Friday, February 5th, 2021
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Garry Swartz, 74, of Arlington, Texas died Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, as a result of complications from COVID-19, with his daughter by his side.

Funeral: Feb. 24 at 3:00 pm at Wade Family Funeral Home, 4140 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington. Interment to be at a later date.
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The service will also be livestreamed at Click on Mr. Swartz' photo and then click on "photos & videos" & scroll to the bottom of the page and click on watch webcast.

Garry was born Mar. 27, 1946, in Minden, Nebr., to Einer and Elsa (Lampman) Swartz, the second of five children. He graduated from Axtell High School in 1964. After graduating, he went to the Omaha Universal Trade School obtaining an Auto Mechanics certificate and worked as a diesel mechanic at companies Lincoln Equipment and Mason in Lincoln, Nebr.

He was drafted by the U.S. Army in Oct. 1969 and proudly served as part of the 101st Airborne “Screaming Eagle” Division, serving one year stateside and one year in Vietnam.

During his time in Lincoln, he met Patricia “Pat” Dickman and they were united in marriage on February 26, 1972 at Messiah Lutheran Church in Grand Island, Nebr. This union was blessed with a daughter, Crystal Ann.

After their wedding, Garry and Pat moved to Chapman, Nebr. where he worked as a Moorman’s feed salesman before eventually becoming a Body Shop Manager at Peterbilt dealer, Doonan Truck & Equipment, for 11 years. In 1988, the family moved to South Sioux City, Nebr. where he worked as a physical damage & cargo claims adjuster for Great West Casualty. In November 1997, the family moved to Arlington, Texas. In addition to the 12 years of working for Great West, he also worked for Cambridge Integrated Services, and later Great American Insurance Company, from which he retired in 2012.

Garry had a laid back demeanor with a great sense of humor, keeping those around him laughing. He had many interests which included classic cars and tractors, watching the Cornhuskers play, talking about farming, tinkering in his garage or on home projects, and socializing with friends at the VFW. Garry could have a conversation with anyone, making it seem as if he’d known them for years. He loved going fishing and RVing with his wife, especially in South Dakota, as well as spending weekly Saturday daddy-daughter days with his daughter.

Those left to cherish his memory are his daughter Crystal Swartz of Arlington; sisters Joyce Pelle of Aurora, Colo. and Pauline (Kenny) Norgaard of Minden, Nebr.; and brother Paul (Gwen) Swartz of Minden, Nebr.; as well as a host of nieces and nephews.

Garry was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Pat of 45 years in 2017; one brother Richard Swartz; sister-in-law Sherryl Swartz and brother-in-law Mike Pelle.

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    Wednesday, February 24th, 2021 | 3:00pm
    Wednesday, February 24th, 2021 3:00pm
    Wade Family Funeral Home
    4140 W. Pioneer Pkwy.
    ARLINGTON, TX 76013
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Patti Sage

Posted at 08:23am
Crystal, Loosing a parent is so difficult. I have many memories of going to Grandma Lampmen's house for holidays along with the Swartz family. I stayed with the Swartz family when my older sister had heart surgery. I didn't want to go home with my family when they came to pick me up. Garry was very kind hearted and fun to be around.

Stephanie Gonzalez

Posted at 04:07pm
My deepest sympathy and condolences to you and your family. I pray the fond memories of your dad bring you comfort during this difficult time.
Stephanie Gonzalez

Yolanda Lacey

Posted at 09:00am
It was truly and honor to know Garry. My condolences to the family. Garry was a great man and a true Comrade. We are grateful for everything he did as a VFW member. He gave us friendship, supported all of our functions and expressed his valuable opinions when we needed the help. He will be missed greatly!

Mary Cole

Posted at 12:43pm
Gary was the kindest of men . He was always lending a helping hand and doing for others . His generous sprit helped wherever and whenever needed. He will be greatly missed at the VFW hanging out with his buddies. My heartfelt condolences Crystal, your father will be missed by many .
Mary Cole

Peggy Reu

Posted at 06:42pm
So sorry to hear of your loss, Crystal. Your dad left me with good cousin memories. I am sure he blessed many. Will be praying for you during this time.

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