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William (Bill) John Schwappach

February 26, 1932 ~ February 19, 2021 (age 88)


It is with great sadness and eternal hope that the family of William John (Bill) Schwappach announces his passing on February 19, 2021, at 88 years of age.  Bill died in his sleep, at his home in Englewood, Colorado, after a long battle with dementia.

Bill is preceded in death by his parents Harold and Susan (Ganzer) Schwappach, his brother Thomas, and his sister Mary Kay.  He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Rose (Harkins) Schwappach; his brother, Richard; his children, Judy, Nancy, and Jim; and his grandchildren, Brett, Nicole, Stella, Joe, and Emma.

Born on February 26, 1932, Bill was fond of saying that his “mis-spent youth” took place in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  He served as a Corporal in the United States Army during the Korean War, after which he graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Petroleum Engineering.  He then embarked on a career with Texaco that spanned over 30 years and took him and his family around the globe to Libya, Indonesia, Canada, and to various states in the United States, finally settling in the Denver area where he spent the remainder of his life.

Bill was a lifelong learner. After his retirement from Texaco, he pursued a course of study in finance and accounting from the Metropolitan State University-Denver and earned accreditation as a Certified Public Accountant after which he worked as a tax accountant.

Bill was a kind, giving, and patient man, a loving husband, father, and grandfather.  He was a dedicated fan of the Denver Broncos, an avid bowler, golfer, and bridge player.  He  took great joy in teaching his children to ski, and serving as a youth soccer coach and referee. Throughout his life, his smile and laugh lit the lives of those around him. He was deeply loved and will be greatly missed.  May his soul rest in eternal peace.

Given the times, arrangements for a funeral mass and interment will be announced at a later date. Bill will be laid to rest at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colorado.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.


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