Douglas W. Schwartz

Nov. 20, 1925 - June 18, 2009

Douglas W. Schwartz of Waukesha died Thursday, June 18, 2009, at Waukesha Memorial Hospital at age 83. He was born Nov. 20, 1925, in Milwaukee, the only child of Otto and Ella (nee Ringe) Schwartz.

He proudly served his country from 1943 to 1945 in the U.S. Marine Corps in Okinawa and Saipan. On Jan. 11, 1946, he married Bernice Bartz at St. Mary Help of Christians in West Allis. Doug had been a firefighter for the West Allis Fire Department for 30 years, retiring in 1981 as equipment operator. He served as commander of H.A. Todd American Legion Post 537 and was a member of Soat-Vergenz Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 721, Waukesha County Marine Corps League and St. John Neumann Catholic Church.

He will be sadly missed by his daughter, Lori (Steven) Krafcheck of Oconomowoc; grandchildren, Ryan Michael of Pewaukee and Kevin Joseph (fiancee Nicole Adams) of Oconomowoc; brother-in-law, Louis (Kathleen) Bartz III; niece, Michelle (Gerald) Pfieffer; and nephew, Louis "Jet" (Brandy) Bartz IV.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bernice, on June 13, 2003; grandson, J.R. Krafcheck; and his parents.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, June 22, at Randle-Dable Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. Services continue at the funeral home on Tuesday, June 23, with prayers beginning at 9:45 a.m. followed by a procession to St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 2400 W. Highway 59, Waukesha, for the 10:30 a.m. funeral Mass.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to Virginia Health and Rehabilitation Center, 1451 Cleveland Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186.

For further information, please call Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035 or go to www.waukeshafunerals.com for directions or to leave an online tribute.