Percy G. Schwerke Jr.

Percy G. Schwerke Jr., 83, of Shawano, passed away at ThedaCare in Neenah from injuries sustained during a fall on Jan. 10, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. He was born Hiram Gass on July 19, 1933, to Hayden and Viola Gass. His mother, Viola, died during his birth. He was adopted by Percy and Rose (Sperberg) Schwerke on Sept. 25, 1933.

Percy graduated from Shawano High School in 1951. He was in the U.S. Army from 1953-1956, stationed in Japan. Upon his return, he attended Badger business school in Green Bay. On June 8, 1957, he married Betty Cotter, and they had three children.

He went to work in 1958 for WPS in Green Bay, where he worked for 36 years in their data processing department. He owned the Red River tavern for nine years. On Dec. 29, 1990, he was united in marriage to Agnes Fischer in Shawano. He was an active member of Peace United Church of Christ. He ran the food pantry at the church, and shortly after took over the Shawano County commodities program, running both for seven years. He volunteered at SAFPARC in the resale store and was on the board for 11 years. He was a member of the Red River Sportsmans Club and the Red River Athletic Club, where he held several positions. He loved playing cards, and shooting pool at Red River tavern.

Percy is survived by his sons, Mark (Jane) and Michael (Sue) Schwerke, both of Shawano; son-in-law, Travis Ploman, of Mosinee; six grandchildren, Timothy, Andrew (Julie), Benjamin (Anna), Brandon, Catelyn and Jordan Ploman; two great-grandchildren, Aaron and Max; a sister, Arleen Meyers, of Brea, California; four stepchildren, Debbie (Richard) Skalitzky, John (fiancé Carmelita) Fischer, Shirley (Jim Lardinois) Pecore and Tom (Sharon) Fischer; a stepdaughter-in-law, Roxanne Fischer; eight stepgrandchildren and many great-stepgrandchildren. He is further survived by his dear friend Bill Zeimer, whom he considered his brother.

Percy was preceded in death by his wife, Agnes; daughter, Jennifer Ploman; granddaughter, Erin Ploman; stepson, Tod; his biological and adopted parents; brothers, Oorin and Orville Gass; sister, Carol; his dear friends, whom he also considered as his brothers, Rip Buettner and Lavellen Mehlhorn.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at Peace United Church of Christ with the Rev. Marty Black officiating. Military honors will be conducted by American Legion Post 117 following the service. Inurnment will be at Salem Methodist Church of Red River Cemetery in the spring. Visitation will be at Swedberg Funeral Home in Shawano on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, from 4-8 p.m. and again at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

The family would like to extend a thank you to the doctors and nurses on the fifth floor of ThedaCare in Neenah. We appreciate your compassion and caring.