Robert James Schwarz

05/02/2002 — 05/02/2002

From Richland, WA, US | Born in Kewanee, IL

Robert James Schwarz

On April 27th, Robert Schwarz fought his last battle and participated in his last and best homecoming. He died at the Walla Walla, VA Medical center after a very brief battle with cancer.

He was born May 16, 1922 in Kewanee, IL to Jacob and Clara Schwarz. He was the 4th of 8 children.

He enlisted in the US Navy the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor because he felt called to serve his country. He devoted much of his life to that call, serving in both World War II and the Korean War.

He served aboard the USS Saratoga WWII, the USS Randolph WWII, and the USS Princeton Korea. During World War II he was gunner in the SBD dive bomber for Bombing squadron 12 and assisted in Sara’s South pacific mission including the raid on Rabaul in November of 1943. While aboard the USS Randolph he was part of the air group that provided air support for the invasion of Iwo Jima the eventually the Japanese mainland.

In 1946 he was appointed as Aviation Chief Ordnance man. In the Korean war, he was named the “Napalm King” for his innovative methods of mixing Napalm. He was placed in command of the ordinance crew on the Princeton.

He met his wife, Evelyn Schwarz in 1942. They married a few months later and had eight children.

After the war he became a journeyman machinist and tool and die maker. He trained many apprentices. He could fix anything and solve any problem. He retired from Western Gear in Everett and them moved to Deming, NM. He moved to Washington because of his illness to live with his children.

He was preceded in death by his mother, father, his oldest son James Robert Schwarz, by two brothers and one sister. He is survived by his daughter Susan Foster and her husband John, his son Gary Schwarz and wife Donna grandchildren Pat, Jenny, and Laura Schwarz, his son Wayne Schwarz and wife Dixie grandchildren Chis and Nathan Schwarz, his son Chris Schwarz and wife Cheryl grandchildren Joshua, Brian, Samuel, Benjamin, and Sara Schwarz, his son Shawn Schwarz and wife Gayle grandchild Donna, his son Randy Schwarz and wife Alysia grandchildren Kathie Byrd, Alexander, Ashleigh, Kaitlynn, and Alan Robert Schwarz, and his daughter Leilani Winegar and husband Chris grandchildren Tabitha, Ariel, Brianna, and Mackenzie Winegar. He has several great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother and sisters, Leonard and Wilma Schwarz of Pekin, Illinois Mary M. Davis of Little America, Illinois, Evelyn Maxwell of Bettendorf, Iowa and Delores and Jerry Rodriguez of Kewanee, Illinois.

His funeral will be at Christ the King church on Saturday, May 4th at 9:30 am. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens with military honors. Viewing is from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on Friday, May 3rd.

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  • Sorry to hear about your father. We regret that we never got to meet him. Glad he got to live with you and get to know his grandkids. Hope he didn’t have to suffer.

    Margaret & Wilbur Bunch
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US