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Jake H. Swearingen, 83 of Cat Spring, went to his heavenly home on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009.

He was born to Richard and Ella (Severin) Swearingen of Millheim on Jan. 16, 1926. 

Jake attended the Millheim School and in 1945 entered the Army where he honorably served his country in Japan and Korea attaining the rank of Corporal.

On Oct. 7, 1947, he was united in marriage to Sydell Goebel at St. John Lutheran Church of Cat Spring by the Rev. Harold Wernecke.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Wesley, Aaron, Jasper and Marvin and sister Myrtle Stewart.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years and two daughters, Frances Sechelski and husband Pat of Cat Spring and Gwen Reichardt of Sealy and friend J.D. Divin of Wallis.  He leaves behind five grandchildren, Cheryl Schulke Forde and husband Paul of Cypress, Nathan Schulke and wife Michelle of Chappell Hill, Rebecca Forrester and husband Major Craig Forrester of Camp Lejeune, N.C., Russell Reichardt and wife Courtney and Ryan Reichardt and wife Carla of Cat Spring. Eleven great-grandchildren include Zoe Forde; Ethan, Jacob and Zachary Schulke; Jenna, William and Jake Forrester; Rhys and Remington Reichardt and Rylan and Reese Reichardt.  He is also survived by sister and brother-in-laws Gladys Swearingen, Nettie Swearingen, Dorthy and Arno Meyer and Franklin Goebel.

Jake was a ‘jack of all trades’; there was nothing he wouldn’t attempt to do. He began farming and raising cattle early on and spent 15 years working for Duval Sulphur Corp. in Orchard until its closing.

Besides carpentering and fence construction, he worked 19 years in road construction for Austin Co. Precinct #3 until his retirement. You would always find him tending his garden or working on a project of some kind and he continued raising cattle until his health began to decline. 

From the day of his baptism and confirmation at St. John Lutheran, Jake remained a faithful lifelong member and took his service to God and his church very seriously.

He served on church council for over 20 years, some of that time as president.  He was active in Men in Mission and enjoyed attending Adult Bible Study.   Jake loved music, especially gospel and bluegrass, and he sang in St. John’s choir for a number of years.

Jake left behind great memories, lots of stories and ‘his favorite sayings’ that will be fondly recalled. He will be missed, especially by his family whom he loved so much and who loved him dearly.

A service celebrating the life of Jake Swearingen was held at St. John Lutheran Church in Cat Spring on Saturday, Oct. 24 with Pastor Kevin Haug officiating.  Interment was in the Millheim Cemetery.  Pallbearers included Nathan Schulke, Paul Forde, Russell Reichardt, Ryan Reichardt, Chad Swearingen and Tim Meyer. Honorary pallbearers were Major Craig Forrester, Tommy Stewart and Mike Stewart.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Knesek Bros. of Sealy.

Memorial contributions may be given to St. John Lutheran Church Building Fund or a charity of your choice.


Posted by Joy Neely


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