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Eldon W. Schwant

Seneca, Kansas

03/11/1944 - 06/12/2022

Eldon William Schwant, 78, of Seneca, KS, passed away Sunday, June 12, 2022, at Crestview Nursing and Residential Living in Seneca.  He had been a resident of Crestview Manor since 2017. He was born March 11, 1944 in Westmoreland, KS, the oldest of four children to Lester and Louise (Krohn) Schwant.

He attended Wheaton schools and graduated from Wheaton High School in 1962.  He went on to attend Kansas State University and graduated in 1967 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture.

Eldon married Betty Mae Schwartz on October 9, 1966 at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Wheaton. They celebrated 50 years of marriage in 2016.

He and his family spent the early years of his career in soil conservation in the communities of Clay Center, Osborne, and Yates Center, KS. In 1976 he accepted a position with the Nemaha County Soil Conservation Service (currently known as the Natural Resources Conservation Service) in Seneca as the District Conservationist. He held that position for the next 28 years, retiring in 2004. After retirement Eldon returned to the NRCS office and worked on a part-time basis until 2017.  He took a lot of pride in his career. One of his proudest accomplishments was the development of the Centralia Lake, which was completed in 1990.

Eldon had a passion for being involved and improving his community. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Sabetha, where he had served in various capacities. He was a member of the Seneca Fire Department for 20 years and had been an active member of the Seneca Lions Club for several years as well. He was involved in the Nemaha County Recycling Program and in 2017 received a plaque of recognition for serving as the committee chairman since the program began 25 years prior. He was also active in the National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) and served as president of the local chapter until 2017. He enjoyed the opportunity to attend NARFE meetings up until recent years.

He enjoyed fishing, camping, and most anything that involved being outdoors. Every summer he cultivated a large vegetable garden and didn’t hesitate to share his bounty with others. He could be found working on projects around the house or yard, working on the family farm near Wheaton, or in a neighbor’s yard helping with anything there was a need for.

He enjoyed a good card game of pitch, where he was known for his aggressive bidding and “luck” at winning. In his retirement years he picked up a hobby of making lighted wine bottles that he took pride in displaying and giving to others. He loved capturing life’s moments in pictures, and was often taking pictures and sharing them with others. He would capture anything from a quick visit with a friend, to his grandkids’ ballgames, or a scenic view on a road trip. He loved taking in life and he loved his family dearly. Some of his biggest and most genuine smiles captured on camera were when he was holding and playing with his grandkids. He truly never met a stranger.

Eldon was proceeded in death by his wife, Betty, in 2017; his parents; and brothers, Lyle and Marlin Schwant.

He is survived by three children: Daughters Lori Jones of Camden Point, MO, and Amy Isaacs (Matthew) of Tonganoxie, KS; Son Scott Schwant (Kristina) of Holts Summit, MO. Nine grandchildren: Nathan, Noah, Sara, and Hanna Hale; Tucker, Adam, and Sage Isaacs; and Gavin and Payten Schwant. His sister Janice (Dan) Harris of Junction City, KS; and sisters and brothers-in-law Lee & Marilyn Schwartz of Onaga, Pat & Leon Becker of Holton, and Carol & Jim McCormick of Blaine.

A Visitation will be Thursday Evening, June 23, 2022, starting at 6:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. at the Lauer Funeral Home. Services are to be on 10:00 A.M. Friday, June 24, 2022 at the Lauer Funeral Home in Seneca. Burial will be in the Onaga Cemetery.

Memorials may be left in Eldon’s memory to Crestview Nursing and Residential Living in Seneca and or First Lutheran Church in Sabetha, sent in care of the family. To express your sympathy and for more information visit www.lauerfuneralhome.com .

A Visitation will be Thursday Evening starting at 6:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. at the Lauer Funeral Home.  Burial will be in the Onaga Cemetery.

Funeral Services are to be on 10:00 A.M. Friday, June 25, 2022, at the Lauer Funeral Home in Seneca. Burial will be in the Onaga Cemetery.

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6 Comments

  1. David Clements on June 15, 2022 at 9:46 am

    My deepest sympathy for your loss. I truly enjoyed the time I interacted with Eldon as a Science teacher involved with conservation contest he helped start in the county with area schools invited to participate, and our times working with other Seneca Lion’s members at meetings and other Club functions! He will be missed by all who knew him.

  2. Gary Roeder on June 15, 2022 at 1:38 pm

    Sorrow, sympathy and prayers to the family. Eldon was about the most genuine person I know. He possessed a strong work ethic coupled with his country boy common sense and candor. He had a unique ability and passion to work with everyone to make their lives better. He hired me in 1978 and 1979 as part time summer help in the Seneca office when I was in college. He provided me trusted career guidance and mentoring to start my own long career in USDA. Looking back I am not sure where I would be without the impacts and advice Eldon had on my future back then. He was a roll model, and I always looked up to him. I am eternally indebted to the lifetime of friendship he provided. He will be missed, but I will still think of him from time to time.

  3. Ashley on June 17, 2022 at 8:12 am

    I worked for a brief time with Eldon in the NRCS realm – he was inspiring and a very kind and genuine person to work with. Enjoyed my time with him out in the field checking watershed dams, I learned a lot from him. My condolences to the family.

  4. Richard Dalson on June 17, 2022 at 8:20 am

    Deep sorrow for this one, the time we shared was extremely valuable. Such an honor to have known such an admirable person who was always a pleasure to be around. It was so easy to learn from him and understand his way of thinking. He will truly be missed!

  5. Karen Graf Dreasher on June 18, 2022 at 7:08 pm

    I was a classmate of Eldon at Wheaton High School class of 1962. There were only 12 in our class. He was an outstanding classmate and a true scholar.
    My condolences to the family!

  6. Joan akin on June 20, 2022 at 7:40 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers

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