Graveside services for John “Jack” D. Schwertley will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 3, 2009, at Graceland Park Cemetery located at 42nd & L Streets in Omaha, NE. Reverend Jim Schwertley will officiate. Military Rites will be conducted by Nebraska National Guard Honor Guard and American Legion Post 331. Visitation will be from 3 – 8 p.m., Tuesday at the Home for Funerals in Norfolk. He died Sunday, May 31st, at home.
Jack was born at St. Catherine’s Hospital in Omaha, NE on March 28, 1 932. He was reared in the Catholic faith and grew up on a large farm near Modale, IA. One of his best childhood memories is of his dad taking him by train to attend a Chicago Cubs game in Chicago and traveling to Sunday afternoon baseball games in and around Iowa. The family moved to Missouri Valley, IA where Jack attended high school and lettered in football, basketball, and baseball. He graduated from high school in 1950. He attended Creighton University from 1951-1952, served in the Korean War from 1952-1954, returned to Creighton University and graduated in 1958. Jack managed the family farm implement business located in Missouri Valley from 1958-1965. He married Nancy Krause Vyborny and they moved to Norfolk, NE where Jack was a sales representative for Sinclair Oil Company until 1973. Jack served on the faculty of Northeast Community College from 1973-1995 where he taught business and real estate courses. Jack earned a real estate and broker’s license, worked for Dover Realty, and later was a partner in R & S Realty from 1973-1983. Jack was an avid sport’s fan and attended his sons’ athletic events both near and far. From 1995 to 2000, Jack was a volunteer math tutor at Bel Air Elementary School. Jack was a former golf member of Norfolk Country Club, and current member the American Legion, Norfolk Arts Center, and Luschen Birders. Jack was a loyal Creighton University Jaybacker. An avid Bluejay basketball fan, he held season tickets for several years and rarely missed a home game. He was the northeast Nebraska Creighton Alumni representative for some years. Jack and Nancy took summer trips to Colorado, traveled to New York on Elderhostel trips, attended army reunions throughout the United States since 1993, made many trips to Memphis, TN, and journeyed throughout the South.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents Bill and Joyce Schwertley, his brother Joe, his sister Mary Schwertley Brown, and his brother in law John L. Brown. He is survived by his wife Nancy, son William Schwertley and wife Debbie and grandson Ryan of Memphis, TN, step son Jay Vyborny of Southaven, MS, sister Nancy Harter and her husband Harlan of Omaha, brother in law Fred Krause and wife Loraine of Omaha, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He is remembered by local coffee and card groups, mall acquaintances, and by members and special friends of the LOBSTER 90th Field Artillery Association who are located throughout the United States.