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James Schweger

Born on April 23, 1939


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James Schweger was born to Esther May Vancalster and Boyd Bernard (Bud) Schweger on April 23rd, 1939 on the West side of Green Bay, WI.  Jimmy’s best friend for the first 10 years of his life was his beloved grandmother, Leontine, who was born in Belgium in 1886.    Leontine spoke a French/Dutch dialect called “Walloon” and lived with the Schweger family.

The Schwegers purchased a summer cabin on the shores of Green Bay (Little Suamico) where Jim could excel in his love of swimming, fishing, and boating.   As a young teen, he built small hydroplanes, tinkered with engines, and challenged his friends and family to ride behind on skis or even an old ironing board!

Jim graduated from West High School in 1958 and worked every summer at the Fort Howard Paper Company during his college years where his father was Vice President of Engineering.

Jim attended the University of Wisconsin in the department of mechanical engineering where he met a one-time paying customer for a ride home to the East side of Green Bay.  Nancy Klann was smitten with Jim’s movie star good looks and dry sense of humor.  The summer after graduation, Jim found himself saying “I do” at the First Congregational Church. That afternoon, the young couple hopped in a 1954 Ford (a $50 purchase from his uncle) and headed west to the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair.

A first job working for the U.S. Navy on aircraft carrier design in the exciting city of San Francisco proved a stimulating place for the newlyweds to live.  Jobs in Port Townsend, WA, Eureka, CA and Vancouver, WA followed with the Crown Zellerbach paper company.  Jim ended his career as Plant Engineer with James River in Camas, WA and went on to enjoy his retirement years.

Jim loved his hunting and fishing weekends – running boats with various motors on the Puget Sound, trolling for Salmon, crabbing, and gathering clams and oysters.   Jim also collected historic firearms and enjoyed gardening, scuba-diving, skiing (water and snow), and flying.  Jim at one point obtained his pilot’s license for small aircraft.

All of Jim’s residences over the years in WA, OR and AZ included immaculate workshops for his various projects and car restorations.  Some notable projects included a 1957 XK140 Jaguar convertible, and a 1962 Austin Healy.  Jim and Nancy joined various auto clubs and enjoyed weekend drives and car shows throughout the Pacific Northwest and Arizona.

In 1977 Jim and Nancy purchased a WW2 era cabin on stilts with 2 outhouses on the shores of Lake Pend Orielle in Idaho.  Jim fished for hours at a time for perch, using worms, and then properly scaling and filleting his catch to enjoy fried up just like in the old days in Wisconsin.  Jim and Nancy have caught thousands of fish that have been savored by friends and family over the years.

Jim also restored antique outboard motors, where his collection grew to nearly 80 motors, proudly displayed along the walls and on floor stands along the perimeter of his shops.  Duck carving came next, with all North American ducks carved, painted and displayed throughout his residences.

Jim leaves behind wife Nancy, daughters, Gail & Laura; their spouses Dave and Karen; grandchildren David, Tori, James and Charlie; along with his sister, Jean Hendrickson and her 3 children, Kim, Kelly and Joe.  Jim’s kindness, generosity, humor, self-discipline, and zest for productive learning are large parts of his legacy.

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  1. Nadine Kelley says:

    Condolences to Nancy and the family.
    What a wonderful vibrant and fun man. So glad we got to meet Jim and Nancy.
    We golfed and laughed and went to their delicious fish frys. We will all miss Jim.

  2. Renate Guilmette says:

    My sincerest sympathy to Nancy and her family! I met Jim and Nancy in water aerobics classes at Solera. He was the only man among a pool of ladies and always had a pleasant word and that fantastic smile on his face! I enjoyed seeing Jim when I walked our dog through the neighborhood. I am glad I got to know him and will miss him!

  3. Bob and Karen Martin says:

    So sorry to hear the loss of your son. We cannot comprehend the loss of our children. We are praying for your family during this difficult pandemic time. Know that our prayers and the prayers of all of us in Solera are behind you.

  4. Reg and Nancy Bellomo says:

    Thinking of you, Nancy during your time of sad loss. Take one day at a time and cherish those precious memories of you and Jim and all the good times you had.
    Together.

  5. Paula Nappi says:

    Nancy, we were so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. We were so blessed to have met him. In sympathy,Paula and Larry.

  6. Nancy Dumas says:

    Nancy so sorry for your loss. Jim will always be remembered for his smile and friendly manner to all. He will be held in our hearts along with you and your family. All my prayers.

  7. Tom and Mary says:

    Nancy & Family, we will miss our neighbor, Jim and the wonderful fish fry’s you put on. We loved his great sense of humor and his knowledge that he shared. His memories will keep you comforted in years to come. Our love to all of you.

  8. Jack and Teri Williams says:

    My wife Teri and I met Jim and Nancy in February 2008. They were looking to purchase a second home and we showed them the home on Whistling Wind. When we arrived in the back yard, there were broken windows and numerous golf ball hits. Nancy’s response, “Perfect, he needs a project!!!” The project turned into a beautiful home which I’m sure they both loved. I will miss Jim walking by our home with his walking stick and having short conversations. Rest in peace Jim.

  9. Mark and Anita Lewis says:

    Mark and I are so saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. I loved to see both of you at water aerobics and was so glad that you and Jim could spend a Christmas with us in Solera. i know you will carry him in your heart forever as will Mark and I. Love to you.

  10. Sally Saraos says:

    Dear Nancy and family,
    It is with great sadness that I heard of Jim’s passing. He was a gem. I enjoyed so many happy times with him and you in water aerobics. His sense of humor made our work outs all the more fun. I wish you comfort at this time.

  11. Sandi & Toni says:

    Nancy and family,
    A man for all Seasons.
    So many different facets to Jim. From the engineer who rebuilt boat engines, to the man who carved beautiful wooden waterfowl and birds, to the die hard Packers fan, to a great story teller, to the painter in our art class we all looked to for guidance.
    A wonderful neighbor, and a friend that will be truly missed.
    A Good man.

  12. Linda Teskey says:

    My heartfelt condolences Nancy to you and your family. Jim will truly be missed and I am glad to have known him.

  13. Phil & Carole Kooistra says:

    Thinking of you Nancy. The good times when Jim and you would put on your annual salmon cook out at Solera. Loved your home in Bend with all of Jim’s prizes. Loved you both. Jim will be missed for sure, Rest In Peace my friend.
    Phil&Carole Kooistra

  14. PERRY JORGENSEN says:

    Very sad to hear of Jim’s passing. I really enjoyed working with him at Crown Z in Camas (he was my boss for a time) 1973-1978. He was a great guy and we shared a lot of common interests (car restorations, etc.). Good sense of humor and always a pleasant disposition!

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James Schweger

Born on April 23, 1939


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James Schweger was born to Esther May Vancalster and Boyd Bernard (Bud) Schweger on April 23rd, 1939 on the West side of Green Bay, WI.  Jimmy’s best friend for the first 10 years of his life was his beloved grandmother, Leontine, who was born in Belgium in 1886.    Leontine spoke a French/Dutch dialect called “Walloon” and lived with the Schweger family.

The Schwegers purchased a summer cabin on the shores of Green Bay (Little Suamico) where Jim could excel in his love of swimming, fishing, and boating.   As a young teen, he built small hydroplanes, tinkered with engines, and challenged his friends and family to ride behind on skis or even an old ironing board!

Jim graduated from West High School in 1958 and worked every summer at the Fort Howard Paper Company during his college years where his father was Vice President of Engineering.

Jim attended the University of Wisconsin in the department of mechanical engineering where he met a one-time paying customer for a ride home to the East side of Green Bay.  Nancy Klann was smitten with Jim’s movie star good looks and dry sense of humor.  The summer after graduation, Jim found himself saying “I do” at the First Congregational Church. That afternoon, the young couple hopped in a 1954 Ford (a $50 purchase from his uncle) and headed west to the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair.

A first job working for the U.S. Navy on aircraft carrier design in the exciting city of San Francisco proved a stimulating place for the newlyweds to live.  Jobs in Port Townsend, WA, Eureka, CA and Vancouver, WA followed with the Crown Zellerbach paper company.  Jim ended his career as Plant Engineer with James River in Camas, WA and went on to enjoy his retirement years.

Jim loved his hunting and fishing weekends – running boats with various motors on the Puget Sound, trolling for Salmon, crabbing, and gathering clams and oysters.   Jim also collected historic firearms and enjoyed gardening, scuba-diving, skiing (water and snow), and flying.  Jim at one point obtained his pilot’s license for small aircraft.

All of Jim’s residences over the years in WA, OR and AZ included immaculate workshops for his various projects and car restorations.  Some notable projects included a 1957 XK140 Jaguar convertible, and a 1962 Austin Healy.  Jim and Nancy joined various auto clubs and enjoyed weekend drives and car shows throughout the Pacific Northwest and Arizona.

In 1977 Jim and Nancy purchased a WW2 era cabin on stilts with 2 outhouses on the shores of Lake Pend Orielle in Idaho.  Jim fished for hours at a time for perch, using worms, and then properly scaling and filleting his catch to enjoy fried up just like in the old days in Wisconsin.  Jim and Nancy have caught thousands of fish that have been savored by friends and family over the years.

Jim also restored antique outboard motors, where his collection grew to nearly 80 motors, proudly displayed along the walls and on floor stands along the perimeter of his shops.  Duck carving came next, with all North American ducks carved, painted and displayed throughout his residences.

Jim leaves behind wife Nancy, daughters, Gail & Laura; their spouses Dave and Karen; grandchildren David, Tori, James and Charlie; along with his sister, Jean Hendrickson and her 3 children, Kim, Kelly and Joe.  Jim’s kindness, generosity, humor, self-discipline, and zest for productive learning are large parts of his legacy.

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14 responses to “James Schweger”

  1. Nadine Kelley says:

    Condolences to Nancy and the family.
    What a wonderful vibrant and fun man. So glad we got to meet Jim and Nancy.
    We golfed and laughed and went to their delicious fish frys. We will all miss Jim.

  2. Renate Guilmette says:

    My sincerest sympathy to Nancy and her family! I met Jim and Nancy in water aerobics classes at Solera. He was the only man among a pool of ladies and always had a pleasant word and that fantastic smile on his face! I enjoyed seeing Jim when I walked our dog through the neighborhood. I am glad I got to know him and will miss him!

  3. Bob and Karen Martin says:

    So sorry to hear the loss of your son. We cannot comprehend the loss of our children. We are praying for your family during this difficult pandemic time. Know that our prayers and the prayers of all of us in Solera are behind you.

  4. Reg and Nancy Bellomo says:

    Thinking of you, Nancy during your time of sad loss. Take one day at a time and cherish those precious memories of you and Jim and all the good times you had.
    Together.

  5. Paula Nappi says:

    Nancy, we were so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. We were so blessed to have met him. In sympathy,Paula and Larry.

  6. Nancy Dumas says:

    Nancy so sorry for your loss. Jim will always be remembered for his smile and friendly manner to all. He will be held in our hearts along with you and your family. All my prayers.

  7. Tom and Mary says:

    Nancy & Family, we will miss our neighbor, Jim and the wonderful fish fry’s you put on. We loved his great sense of humor and his knowledge that he shared. His memories will keep you comforted in years to come. Our love to all of you.

  8. Jack and Teri Williams says:

    My wife Teri and I met Jim and Nancy in February 2008. They were looking to purchase a second home and we showed them the home on Whistling Wind. When we arrived in the back yard, there were broken windows and numerous golf ball hits. Nancy’s response, “Perfect, he needs a project!!!” The project turned into a beautiful home which I’m sure they both loved. I will miss Jim walking by our home with his walking stick and having short conversations. Rest in peace Jim.

  9. Mark and Anita Lewis says:

    Mark and I are so saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. I loved to see both of you at water aerobics and was so glad that you and Jim could spend a Christmas with us in Solera. i know you will carry him in your heart forever as will Mark and I. Love to you.

  10. Sally Saraos says:

    Dear Nancy and family,
    It is with great sadness that I heard of Jim’s passing. He was a gem. I enjoyed so many happy times with him and you in water aerobics. His sense of humor made our work outs all the more fun. I wish you comfort at this time.

  11. Sandi & Toni says:

    Nancy and family,
    A man for all Seasons.
    So many different facets to Jim. From the engineer who rebuilt boat engines, to the man who carved beautiful wooden waterfowl and birds, to the die hard Packers fan, to a great story teller, to the painter in our art class we all looked to for guidance.
    A wonderful neighbor, and a friend that will be truly missed.
    A Good man.

  12. Linda Teskey says:

    My heartfelt condolences Nancy to you and your family. Jim will truly be missed and I am glad to have known him.

  13. Phil & Carole Kooistra says:

    Thinking of you Nancy. The good times when Jim and you would put on your annual salmon cook out at Solera. Loved your home in Bend with all of Jim’s prizes. Loved you both. Jim will be missed for sure, Rest In Peace my friend.
    Phil&Carole Kooistra

  14. PERRY JORGENSEN says:

    Very sad to hear of Jim’s passing. I really enjoyed working with him at Crown Z in Camas (he was my boss for a time) 1973-1978. He was a great guy and we shared a lot of common interests (car restorations, etc.). Good sense of humor and always a pleasant disposition!

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