February 29, 2008
Leo was born Dec. 2, 1938 in Onawa, Iowa to Clarence and Evelyn 'Petty' Schwanke. He grew up on a farm in the Ames, NE area, and graduated from high school in North Bend. Leo had served in the National Guard.
He had farmed with his father, and he worked for the city of Fremont and Omaha. He operated heavy equipment and also had been an over the road trucker, some of those years for Fremont Contract Carriers.
Leo married Louise Schrock in 1958, and she preceded him in death in 1997. Then in February of 1999, he married Marilyn Beck Larsen, and they made their home in Hooper.
He was a member of American Legion Post 18 of Hooper and he was also a member of the Izaak Walton League.
Survivors: wife - Marilyn
6 daughters - Evelyn and husband Kenny Barker of Omaha
Mary Schwanke of California
Wanda and husband James Morris of Omaha
Donna Schwanke of Lincoln
Joyce and husband David Zeleny of Omaha
Christine Schwanke of Fremont
1 son - Leo Schwanke of Fremont
2 step-daughters - Linda and husband Michael Merryweather of North Bend
Marcy Larsen of Omaha
3 great grandchildren
4 step-great grandchildren
A graveside service will be held at 11 AM Friday (March 7, 2008) in Memorial Cemetery in Fremont. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society. There is no public visitation.