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Memorial Service

Russellville Family Funeral
Thursday December 31st, 2020

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Philip John Schwerin

Rev. Philip John Schwerin, 74, of Russellville, AR departed this life December 25th, 2020.

Born August 24, 1946 in Saginaw Michigan, son of Amos George Schwerin and Meta Anna Marie Sielaff. Graduated Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in 1973 with a Masters of Sacred Theology, working summers driving the red “jammer” buses in Glacier National Park from 1968-1970. His life was dedicated to the church, serving as pastor in 4 Wisconsin Ev. Lutheran congregations, finishing his ministry at Faith Lutheran Church in Russellville.

In 1976 Philip was united in marriage to Patricia Schaller and they raised 5 children during their 29 years of marriage. Philip is survived by his children; Andrew (Madeleine) of Eureka Springs, AR; Adam of Seattle, WA; Matthew (Amanda) of Dallas, TX; Rachel Strackbein (Peter) of Eureka Springs, AR; Heidi Kreuter (Ben) of Minneapolis, MN; 14 grandchildren, and his brother Ken Schwerin of Appleton, WI.

Philip is preceded in death by Patricia and his brother Richard Schwerin.

Philip enjoyed singing in church choirs and the Russellville Community Choir. He worked at the Starbucks for 10 years.

Memorial service will be held Thursday, Dec 31st, 1 pm at Faith Lutheran Church, 3410 N Arkansas Ave.

https://www.mykeeper.com/profile/PhilipSchwerin is a link to his MyKeeper page, where his memorial service will be a live feed.   (This is not a hyperlink, you will need to copy and paste into your web browser).

Arrangements are under the direction of Russellville Family Funeral.

Obituary and guestbook are available at www.russellvillefamilyfuneral.com.

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I had the privilege of knowing Phil and singing with him over the course of several years in Russellville. His faith was demonstrated throughout our friendship. I marveled at his rich strong voice and always tried to sit/stand near him to ensure that I was singing properly. I know he is singing with the angels now. Condolences to his family.

Bill Eaton Jan 1 2021 12:00 AM

So many memories of Phillip and the whole family when they lived in Edna, Texas. We would stop there on the way to Corpus Christi. So many laughs with him on so many topics. And wondering over his beautiful garden!

Debby and Bill Perry Dec 29 2020 12:00 AM

Phil was the first pastor in Cheyenne, Wy. Both my husband and I had gone to school with Phil and Rich so knew them well. Before the ordination/ installation service we short sheeted his bed, stuffed his boots with paper, put silverware in the oven amongst other things. Phil was a good sport about that and whenever we got together , we had a good laugh reminiscing. He always had a smile on his face. Our condolences to his family. He is now at peace with Jesus and we look forward to seeing his smiling face again.

Larry and Kay Retberg Dec 29 2020 12:00 AM