Cletus Joseph Schwaegel (1935-2016)

schwaegel-resizedCletus Joseph Schwaegel

October 20, 1935 – October 3, 2016 

Cletus Joseph Schwaegel, age 80, of Swansea, formerly of O’Fallon, Illinois, born October 20, 1935 in Belleville, Ill., passed away Monday, October 3, 2016 at Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri.

Clete grew up in O’Fallon, living in the family farmhouse north of O’Fallon for 78 years. He farmed from 1953 – 1968. He then went to work for St. Clair  FS for 17 years. He was elected  the Caseyville Township Road District Highway Commission until his retirement at age 75. He was a member of Ainad Shriners AANMOS, Dania Shrine Club and Legion of Honor. He also belonged to the O’Fallon Knights of Columbus Council 4239.

Clete was a well-known, talented fast-pitch softball player and played for many years in the metro-east. He was named to several area Softball Halls of Fame, including Belleville News Democrat, Southside, Illinois State, and the St. Louis Softball Hall of Fame. He later took up golfing and enjoyed his time with his buddies on Tamarack and other golf courses.

Formed in 1966, Clete was the lead singer and guitarist for the “San-An-Tones,” a popular country and western band in southern Illinois, where he performed regularly until about two years ago.

He was preceded in death by  his daughters Jean Marie Schwaegel and Christine Stephans; his parents Adolph and Barbara, nee Fellner, Schwaegel; his sisters Dorothy Macke and Berniece Burns; his twin brother Clyde and brother Ray.

Surviving are his wife Dorothy, nee Mueth, Schwaegel, whom he married April 13, 1955; his daughters Cheryl (Kyle) Kummer of Attleboro, Mass., Jackie (Steve) Hausmann of Waterloo, Ill., Joan (Jeff) Logsdon of Paragould, Ark., and Deanna Buersken of Ogden, Utah.

Also surviving are his grandchildren Leah Garrison, Kyle and Jesse Kummer, Jeannie and Victor Stephans, Katie Wallace, Hillary and Bradley Hausmann, Kayla McNamara, Brooklyn Buersken, Ashley Cole, and Matt Logsdon; great-grandchildren Emma, Colin, Ayden, Braeden, Hanley, Kyler, Keaton, and Grace; his sister Celeste (Stan) Agne of Belleville, Ill., and sister-in-law Helen Toennies of Breese, Ill.

The guestbook is available at Memorial donations are suggested to  Shriner’s Hospital for Children or the Catholic Ministry to Sick and Aged of Southern Illinois.

Visitation took place from 4 – 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 7, 2016 at St. Clare Catholic Church, 1411 Cross St., Shiloh, and from 9:00 – 9:45 a.m., Saturday, October 8, 2016, at the church.

The Shriners Legion of Honor walk-through took place at 7 p.m., Friday, at the church.

Mass of Christian Burial began at 10 a.m., Saturday, October 8, 2016, at the church with Rev. James Deiters presiding. Interment followed at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Shiloh.

Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon, Illinois