U.S. Navy veteran who worked in the construction business, loved his family


Russell C. Schwilling, 84, of Osage Beach, Mo., passed away Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, at Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach.
Russell was born March 25, 1926, in Clements, Kan., the son of Joseph and Esther (Twining) Schwilling.
He was united in marriage to Norma Pritchett on Dec. 10, 1949, in Strong City, Kan., and together, they had shared the past 61 years until his death.
Russell had served his country proudly in the United States Navy.  
Russell worked as a heavy equipment operator for many years in the construction business.  He was a 50-year member of Zeredtha Masonic Lodge No. 80 AF & AM in Cottonwood Falls, Kan., a 50-year member of the Cottonwood Falls Eastern Star No. 25, dual member of Erie Chapter 332 Order of the Eastern Star in Camdenton, Mo., a life-member of the American Legion in Cottonwood Falls, Kan., a life-member of the VFW in Emporia, Kan., and was a member of Horseshoe Bend Baptist Church in Lake Ozark, Mo. In his spare time he enjoyed hunting and spending time with his family.
Russell is survived by his wife Norma of the home; two sons, James Russell Schwilling and wife, Sharon, of Blairsden, Calif., and Jeffrey Randall Schwilling and wife, Carmen, of Harveyville, Kan.; one daughter, Jeanne Rae Harshman and husband, Frank, of Lake Ozark, Mo.; two brothers, Harry Schwilling and wife, Dee, of Wichita, Kan., and Wayne Schwilling and wife, Sue, of Strong City, Kan.; two sisters, Bernice Weamer and husband, Doc, of Ottawa, Kan., and Shirley Cowdrey of Olathe, Kan.; six grandchildren, Lindsay Clare Ford and husband, Jonathan, Sheldon L. Harshman and wife, Jamie, Courtney Jo Schwilling, Joshua Schwilling, Trey Schwilling and Luke Schwilling; four great-grandchildren, Brooklyn Ford, Ethan Ford, Aidan Ford and Savanna Sardou, as well as several other relatives and friends.
Funeral Services with Military Honors will be held Friday, March 4, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Horseshoe Bend Baptist Church, Lake Ozark, Mo. The family will receive friends for visitation from 1-2 p.m. prior to services at the church.
Interment will be at Lake Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Osage Beach, Mo.
Memorial donations are suggested to Horseshoe Bend Baptist Church.
Expressions of Sympathy may be forwarded to the family at www.hedgesscottfuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements have been placed under the care of Hedges-Scott Funeral Home, Osage Beach, Mo.