Elton Lloyd Schwake
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Elton Lloyd Schwake
  • August 1, 1917 - December 20, 2016
  • Houston, Texas

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Elton Lloyd "Al" Schwake, age 99, went to be with the Lord on December 20, 2016, surrounded by his loving family. Elton was born on August 1, 1917 in the little country farming community of O'Quinn, Texas, one of four children, the youngest of John and Lottie Schwake. After graduation from LaGrange High School, Elton ran the family farm until he moved to Houston to attend business school. During that time, he met the love of his life, Margaret Kuhlman, who later became his wife.

In January 1941, Elton was drafted in the US Army. On April 1, 1943, his unit was sent overseas. He was in a tank destroyer battalion and was involved in taking the city of Rome. He was promoted to the rank of first sergeant and earned a Purple Heart and numerous bronze star medals.

After his release from the army, Elton and Margaret began their lives together - which culminated in 53 years of marriage. After the service, they moved to Houston where he began his career as an investment/real estate broker. He and Margaret were the proud parents of two daughters, Karen and Lauren, who were daddy's little girls until the day of his death.

In his personal life, Elton was a member of St. Andrew Lutheran Church for 60 years, where he always sang in the church choir. His passions in life were fishing and dancing, which he continued to do well into his nineties. He could be seen in his boat trolling around Toledo Bend as often as he could be seen on the dance floor doing the jitter bug.

Elton will be joining Margaret, his loving wife, in heaven along with family and many close friends, including his dancing partner of later years, Angie.

He is survived by his loving daughters and their families - Daughters: Karen and Andy Viger, Lauren and Joe Smith, Grandchildren: Kristin Viger, David Viger, Ryan Smith (and wife Sue), Amy Nuzum (and husband Chad), Great Grandchildren: Liam Smith, Chad Nuzum Jr. (CJ) and Carson Nuzum.

The family would like to thank Dr. Melvin Anhalt and Dr. Anil Sheth for their constant kindness and care to our father throughout the years. In his final months, we also thank Nikky and Francis for their unfaltering love and care for our father - which made such a difference in his life.

We miss you Daddy, so much - but we know you are happy and with Mother - sitting in a boat, waiting for the fish to bite.

Family and friends gathered to share memories and tell stories during a visitation from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 27th at Waltrip Funeral Directors, 1415 Campbell Road in Houston.

A service celebrating Elton's life was led by The Reverend Harold Fleischhauer at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 28th in the sanctuary of St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 1353 Witte Road in Houston. Interment with Military Honors followed at Memorial Oaks Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions were requested in Elton's name to St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 1353 Witte Road, Houston, TX 77055, (713) 468-9565, or to your favorite charity.