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March 14, 1937 - May 8, 2013 OKARCHE Richard John Schwarz died May 8, 2013 after a courageous three year battle with cancer. Richard was born March 14, 1937 to Frank and Mary Grellner Schwarz in Okarche, Oklahoma. He married his wonderful wife of 30 years, Marilyn Wolf, in 1965. He is survived by his three sons, Kelly of Edmond, Doug and daughter-in-law Krista of Oklahoma City, and Barry and daughter-in-law Bonnie of Oklahoma City; five grandchildren, Jarrett, Blayne, Ethan, Tyler and Bryce of Oklahoma City; brother and sister-in-law, Robert and JoAnne Schwarz of Okarche; brother and sister-in-law, Max and Pat Schwarz of Okarche; brother and sister-in-law, Steve and Becky Schwarz of Oklahoma City; sister, Sr. Denise Schwarz of Wichita, KS; sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Frank Bice of Oklahoma City; sister and brother-in-law, Joan and Jerry Anderson of Slater, IA; sister-in-law, Emalene Schwarz of Okarche; and brother-in-law, Jon James of Lawton, OK; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Richard is preceded in death by his parents Frank and Mary, wife Marilyn, brother Arnold Schwarz and sisters Agnes Schwarz and Rose James. A life-long banker and community leader, he began his 42 year career at the First Bank of Okarche upon graduating from St. Gregory's College, Shawnee. He was an active member of the Lion's Club for nearly 40 years and was the Okarche Town Treasurer for over 30 years. He was a member of Catholic Order of Foresters Court 1861, and served as director of the court's youth program for over 25 years. This is where his love for helping develop young people into strong leaders and athletes began. He loved coaching his sons in little league baseball and remained an active supporter of Okarche sports throughout the years. Papa could always be found in the stands as there was nothing he enjoyed more these last several years than watching his grandchildren play sports.The Schwarz Family would like to thank the incredible healthcare providers at Oklahoma Heart & Mercy Hospitals, Mercy Oncology, Concordia Life Care Community, Frontier Hospice and Home Instead Senior Care for the wonderful and compassionate care provided. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Holy Trinity Catholic Church Building Fund. The Wake Service will be May 12, 2013 at 7 p.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Okarche. The Funeral Mass will be May 13, 2013 at 10 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Services are under the direction of Huber Benson, El Reno.

Published in The Oklahoman on May 10, 2013
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