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Frederick Digby Schwartzburg

Obituary for Frederick Digby Schwartzburg

July 23, 1928 - September 6, 2018
Lakewood, Illinois | Age 90

Loving Father, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather, Brother and Friend

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Frederick Digby Schwartzburg, 90, of Lakewood, died peacefully on September 6, 2018. He was born on July 23, 1928, the son of Frederick and Florence Schwartzburg in Miami, Florida. Rick was preceded in death by his wife of 60 plus years, Patricia (Hilton) Schwartzburg; and sons, Doug and Mike. Surviving are three children, Karen Schwartzburg Wheeler of McHenry, IL, James Schwartzburg of Reno, NV, and Deborah Campbell of Phoenix, AZ. Also surviving are 15 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren along with his beloved brothers, James of Lawrence, KS and David of Winchester, WI. Rick was proud of his service in the Air Force as a 2nd Lieutenant during the Korean War. Rick and Pat had a long and adventurous life dividing their time at homes in Lakewood, Illinois, Cancun Mexico, and their cabin in Presque Isle, Wisconsin. Rick was highly regarded salesman traveling the Southeast in the early years but soon moving to the Chicago area selling screen cloth, window, and door fittings throughout the Midwest as a manufactures representative. Also known as the "Iron Duke", the "Cancun Kid", "Shogun Swartz", the "Yucatan Man", "Chicago Schwartz", and to his grandkids "The Python." All names given to him by himself. After arriving at one of his homes after a long absence, Rick would call his friends and tell them "The Eagle has Landed." Rick loved playing golf, fishing, boating and especially loved playing musical spoons for the family while accompanied on guitar by sons, Mike and Jim. For that matter, Rick would play the spoons in any bar or restaurant that would let him. He was only thrown out a few times. Final respects and interment will be at his beloved cabin as is the family tradition. The Eagle has Landed.

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