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Kenneth Albert Schwark


1924 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
SCHWARK, KENNETH ALBERT, age 89, of Rochester, passed away at home on Sunday, March 23, 2014, surrounded by the love of family. He was born October 8, 1924 in Mount Clemens to the late Albert and Meta (nee Stark) Schwark. He was preceded in death by his brother Robert of Macomb Township. He was united in marriage to Margaret (nee Zagel) Schwark on May 6, 1944. A lifelong Lutheran, Kenneth was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Mount Clemens until 1974 when he moved to Rochester, Michigan and joined St. John Lutheran Church. He was also a 64 year member of the Mount Clemens Kiwanis Club, where he served as president in 1959. After serving briefly in the Army Air Corps, he founded Schwark’s Army Surplus Store in Mount Clemens, which later became Schwark’s Trading Post. In 1958 he co-founded Dopp & Schwark Furniture in Mount Clemens and left in 1962 to open Schwark Furniture in Utica. He grew Schwark Furniture from a small store in downtown Utica to a multi-store operation with additional stores in St. Clair, Mount Clemens and Shelby Township over a period of 40 years. In 1972 he built the Shelby Square Shopping Center in Shelby Township, which he owned until his death. In 1989, he developed Sycamore Hills Golf Club of Macomb Township where he served as Chairman until his death. Kenneth also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the State Bank of Fraser, the Bank of Commerce and Security BankCorp. In addition to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, he enjoyed golfing, boating, traveling, jigsaw puzzles and antique cars. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Margaret; three sons, James (Candice), Thomas (Rhonda), Michael (Cathy); grandchildren, Heather (David) Cross, Scott (Katie) Schwark, Michelle (Michael) Zawadzki, Steven Schwark, Melissa (Brandon) Asher, Matthew Schwark, Erica (Tim) Smigill, Amy Sumpter and Stacy Sumpter; three great-grandchildren, Emmalee Cross, Madelyn Smigill and Maximus Zawadzki. Visiting hours will be on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 from 3-8 p.m. at Harold W. Vick Funeral Home 140 South Main Street, Mount Clemens. Funeral services 11 a.m. (instate 10 a.m.) on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church 38900 Harper, Clinton Township, with the Reverend E. Paul Burow officiating. Private burial will follow at Clinton Grove Cemetery, Clinton Township. Contributions may be addressed to wishes of the family for the purpose of establishing a scholarship. Share memories at: vickfuneralhome.com
Published in The Macomb Daily on Mar. 25, 2014
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