Rev. Edward C. Schweikert - 87, of Owosso, passed away Monday, July 15, 2013 at South Haven Health Systems in South Haven, Michigan. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 20th at 10 AM at the First Church of God, 2100 N. M-52, Owosso with Rev. Ohmer Swart officiating and Rev. Ellsworth Jackson and Rev. Lynn Ramey assisting. Committal services will be conducted by Rev. Michael W. Harmon and Rev. John R. Miller at Oak Grove Cemetery in Owosso Township. Military Honors will offered by members of the Shiawassee County Military Honors Squad. Visitation Friday at First Church of God from 4 PM to 8 PM.
Edward was born December 21, 1925, in Lancaster, Ohio, the son of George Edward and Nellie Ruth (Wagner) Schweikert. Edward enlisted in the United States Navy and served in the Pacific Theatre during WWII where he earned 2 Battle Stars. Returning home he married Leona Ruth Swart on August 12, 1950, in Dayton, Ohio. He later earned his Bachelor of Arts from Anderson College & Theological Seminary, 1954 and did graduate work at Michigan State University. He was a member of Board of Regents, John Wesley College, Owosso. Rev. Schweikert held Pastorates at Niles, Ohio; Jackson, Michigan; Ithaca, Michigan and 18 years at Owosso, Michigan; and Pastor Emeritus at Owosso, Michigan. He also was a Missionary to Australia 1963-1968. Edward was the Founder of First Church of God Academy, 1984.
Survived by his wife, Leona Ruth Schweikert; three children: Stephen Edward Schweikert, December 25, 1951, Aseneth Lavonne Schweikert, stillborn November 19, 1954, Sylver Lyn Schweikert, November 1, 1976; six grandchildren: Michael, Renae, Liane, Eric, Avery, and Britin; seven great grandchildren: Elijah, Titus, Alexis, Katelyn, Ethan, Alaina, and Levi.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, a lovely little 12 year old niece, and a stillborn baby daughter.
Memorial donations may be made to Warner Camp, 60 55th St., Grand Junction, MI, 49046 and First Church of God 2100 N M-52, Owosso, MI (Family Life Center)