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Laverne C. Schwartz

October 17, 1937 ~ August 25, 2023 (age 85) 85 Years Old


It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Laverne Clarence Schwartz, a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Vern's journey on this earth came to an end on 8/25/2023 leaving behind a legacy of hard work, dedication, and a profound love for his family.


Born on October 17, 1937, Vern grew up on a humble farm, where he learned the value of perseverance and developed an unwavering work ethic that would shape his entire life. From a young age, he understood the importance of tending to the land and caring for the animals that sustained his family. These early experiences instilled in him a deep appreciation for nature and a commitment to preserving its beauty.


Vern's military service left an indelible impact on his life, shaping him into the remarkable individual he became. The values of integrity, discipline, and selflessness that he learned during his time in the  US Army from 1957 to 1959 permeated every aspect of his life, including his work.


As a member of the USFS, Vern fearlessly battled against the destructive forces of wildfires, working day and night to protect the forest. His expertise and unwavering commitment to his duty earned him the respect and admiration of his colleagues. Vern's contributions to fire management were invaluable.


In addition to his love for his family, Vern had a passion for genealogy. He spent countless hours researching and documenting his family's history, connecting the dots between generations and preserving their stories for future generations. Vern's dedication to his family's heritage was a testament to his love for his roots and his desire to keep their legacy alive.


Vern also had a passion for craftsmanship and a deep love for working with wood. Whether it was constructing a new structure or crafting intricate woodwork, his skill and attention to detail were evident in every project he undertook. May his passion inspire us to pursue our own creative endeavors and find joy in the art of craftsmanship. His legacy as a builder and woodworker will forever be cherished, and his love for his craft will continue to inspire future generations. 


Vern also found immense joy in his role as a grandfather and great-grandfather. His face would light up with delight whenever he was in the presence of his great-grandchildren. He cherished every moment spent with them, passing down his wisdom and creating lasting memories that will be treasured by his family for years to come.  


Vern will forever be remembered as a man of integrity, resilience, and compassion. His unwavering love for his family will continue to inspire generations to come. Though he may no longer be with us, his spirit will live on in the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing him.


Vern is survived by his loving wife, Janet Schwartz, his children Jim (Robin) Schwartz, Patty (Shawn) Wells, Michael Schwartz and DeAnna Schwartz; grandchildren Scott (Katy) Schwartz, Heather (Derrick) Kamper, Tabitha (Jason Freide) Schwartz, Aaron (Kaylee) Hagglund and Benjamin Schwartz.  Great grandchildren Tucker, Elise, Luella Schwartz, Kassi and Hudson Kamper and Reese Freide. Also survived by his sister Karen (Roger) Eisenbeis and brother Dale (Yvette) Schwartz along with numerous nieces and nephews.


His memory will forever be cherished by all who had the privilege of knowing him.  Vern will be deeply missed, his legacy of selflessness, hard work, and love will continue to inspire us all.  May he rest in peace, knowing that his life made a significant difference in the lives of others.


A graveside service will be held at Sunset Memorial Gardens, 7405 Mullan Road, Missoula on Monday, August 28, 2023 at 3:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Opportunity Resources Inc. in Vern's name ensuring that individuals with disabilities have access to the opportunities they deserve. Your contribution will make a meaningful impact on the lives of individuals like his daughter DeAnna. Opportunity Resources Inc., 2821 S Russell St, Missoula, MT 59801 (406) 721-2930.


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Graveside Service
August 28, 2023

3:00 PM


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