Arthur R.C. Travis Schwertfeger
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Arthur R.C. Travis Schwertfeger
  • September 6, 1951 - July 25, 2017
  • Salinas, California

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Arthur Travis "R.C." Schwertfeger, Jr., died July 25, 2017, while on vacation in Naples, Italy.


R.C. was born in Munich, Germany, on September 6, 1951, to "Mickey" and Perry Schwertfeger. He attended Marshall Elementary School, Fitch Middle School, Seaside High School (Class of 1969), Monterey Peninsula College (Class of 1971) and graduated Cum Laude from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1973. Upon graduation, he received his teaching credential and returned to the Monterey Peninsula. He went on to devote his life to education, teaching for the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District for over 30 years. He retired in 2011.


R.C. was a standout football and baseball player at Seaside High School and Monterey Peninsula College. He went on to be the starting catcher for the UCLA Bruins. His love of sports endured. He coached basketball and baseball at Seaside High School.


R.C. was a devoted husband and father. He married his high school sweetheart, Miriam "Mimi" McKenzie, on June 22, 1974. In 1980, they welcomed their only child, Marisa.


R.C. was a devoted lay minister at Ord Military Chapel and 3rd Degree member of the Knights of Columbus.


He is predeceased by his parents, Arthur Travis "Mickey" Schwertfeger, Sr. and Perry Demas Schwertfeger, and his brother, Ernest Schwertfeger. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Miriam "Mimi" Schwertfeger, daughter Marisa Schwertfeger Merkle, son-in-law Thomas Merkle, and five grandchildren, Magdalena, Cecilia, Thaddeus, Xavier Travis and Teresa.


A Rosary and Vigil will be held Tuesday, August 8, from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm. The funeral mass will be held Wednesday, August 9, at 11:00 am. Both will take place at Ord Military Chapel, 4280 General Jim Moore Blvd, Seaside, CA 93955.


In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation to the Diocese of Monterey's Tuition Opportunity Program: TOP, P.O. Box 2048, Monterey, CA 93942.