Dean Schwartzkopf, 77, of rural Milan, Illinois died at his home on Monday, July 27, 2015 surrounded by his family.
There will be a time of food and fellowship, to celebrate Dean’s life, on Saturday, August 1st from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Preemption United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. Please stop by for lunch, visit with the family and share a memory of Dean. At 3:00 p.m., the family invites all to join in a “tractor-cade” to bring Dean’s cremains back to the family farm. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left for the Sherrard Fire Department.
Dean was born July 26, 1938 in Alexis, Illinois a son of Earl Wesley and Edna Beatrice House Schwartzkopf. After graduating from Roseville High School in 1957, he served in the United States Army until 1959. In 1962, he married Linda Tornes in Coal Valley, they divorced in 1982 but remained close friends over the years. Dean worked at Alcoa, Bettendorf for over 33 years, retiring in 2000. He was knowledgeable in agricultural history and could talk for hours and hours about tractors and farming. Dean had a love for antique tractors and was a member of Edwards River Antique Tractor Association, currently serving as President; current Vice President of the newly formed Illinois Massey Collectors Association Chapter 8; Maple City Antique Tractor Association; Spoon River Antique Agricultural Association and the Argyle Antique Gas Engine Association. He enjoyed supporting Kevin Goben Racing at the local dirt track, attending Mallards hockey games and was a NASCAR fan. His greatest joys were attending family gatherings and visiting with people. He always looked forward to monthly get togethers with his high school classmates.
Those left to cherish his memory are his sons: Jay and Paul Schwartzkopf, both of rural Milan; grandson: Aaron Motsinger and 2 great grandchildren; brother: Dale Schwartzkopf, rural Milan; sisters: Betty Stevens, East Moline, IL and Marty Thurman, Galesburg, IL; ex-wife: Linda Barton, Coal Valley, IL and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, infant brother Willard Schwartzkopf, daughter Dana Schwartzkopf and special great niece Renae Stevens.
Online condolences may be left at www.dennisonfuneralhome.com.
Those wishing to be a part of the “tractor-cade”, may un-trailer your tractor at the Schwartzkopf family farm (2129 190th Avenue East – Milan, IL) then proceed to the church fellowship hall.