Larry K. Schwerzler Sr: In Memory

Larry Keith Schwerzler Sr (Ever Ready)

UPDATE!! November 29, 2010

A memorial service has been scheduled for Sunday January 2nd, 2011 10AM - 12PM. At the Frontier Park lodge in Grahm, WA. Read Bellow for more details.

UPDATE!! November 13, 2010:

FYI, the obituary below will run in the Sunday November 14, 2010 edition of the Tacoma News Tribune if you wanted to pick up a copy.

Please add any photos you may have of Larry Sr here. Or email them to so they can be included in the slideshow.

“The person who lives life fully, glowing with life’s energy, is the person who lives a successful life.” ~Daisaku Ikeda

Join us in the celebration of the life of Larry Keith Schwerzler Sr. Larry was born on October 6, 1951 to parents Raymond T. and Dorothy J. (Dodge) Schwerzler in Tacoma, Washington. Larry spent his youth raised with love by his parents with siblings Linda (Dan) Thompson, Sandra (Jim) Schnase, Randy (Terri) Schwerzler, Tom (Lisa) Schwerzler, and Kari (Chris) McCloud. Larry graduated from Franklin Pierce high school in Tacoma in 1970.

Larry joined the army and served his country in Europe proudly during the Vietnam War.

Larry had a lifelong passion as a sportsman returning season after season to his love of hunting and fishing. It was through these activities that Larry made many of the friendships that would last him through his life. He always looked forward to the next chance to get back into the woods or back on the water with his friends and family.

Through his life Larry held many jobs, but he loved most being a handy man. As many can attest he could fix just about anything. He loved his work and you could always tell he was happy if you heard him humming away to himself as he helped others.

Larry was a good friend to have, and someone you could count on when you needed him to be there. Always willing to help out others or give advice his companionship will truly be missed.

Larry passed away suddenly due to heart complications on the morning of November 7, 2010 at hunting camp. His loss is mourned by his surviving son Larry Jr, brother Randy Schwerzler, and sisters Kari McCloud and Linda Thompson as well as the many friends and extended family who were blessed to have Larry in their lives. Larry was preceded in death by his parents Ray Schwerzler and Dorothy Schwerzler, brother Tom Schwerzler, and sister Sandra Schnase. Services are tentatively scheduled for December 4, 2010 location to be determined.

Memorial Service

A memorial service has been scheduled for Sunday January 2, 2011 10AM - 12PM at The Frontier Park Lodge in Grahm WA. Please join the family and friends of Larry Schwerzler Sr. as we come together to celebrate the life of this wonderful man. The doors open at 10 with the memorial beginning at 10:20. Please come with memories that you would like to share about how Larry touched your life.

Drinks and Refreshments will be provided.

How to Get There:

  • From 1-5 take exit 127 to Puyallup/Mt. Rainier (SR 512)
  • Head east to the Meridian/Eatonville Exit (South Hill Mall Exit)
  • Turn right onto Meridian (heading south onto Hwy 161)
  • Proceed about 8 miles south to Graham
  • Turn right at 218th St. into Frontier Park (traffic light)

Print map directions in pdf format here.

The family would like to thank everyone who offers condolences. Our grief is the same, and it gives us common ground to heal each other. Thank you!

The News Tribune Obituary can be found here.

News Tribune Obituary

Larry Schwerzler Sr. (59) was born on October 6, 1951 in Tacoma. He passed away suddenly on November 7, 2010. Larry was preceded in death by his parents: Raymond T. and Dorothy J. (Dodge) Schwerzler, and siblings: Tom and Sandra. He is survived by his son: Larry Jr, siblings: Linda (Dan) Thompson, Randy (Terri) Schwerzler, and Kari (Chris) McCloud. Memorial arrangements forthcoming, visit for more information. He will be dearly missed.


Larry in the wild days

Larry and I lived in my trailer at Minter Creek for a couple years . We had alot of good times . I sure will miss Red I am very sorry for your loss . The thing I remember most about Larry is his ability to live every moment to the fullest, he is and always will be my friend . I believe I have a couple pictures I'll try to send or give to Nancy .

Gentle Soul

I meet Larry from my Cousin Daniel. Larry would come over to Family Pinochle party and play with the best of them. I will miss his presences at the table.

All my life I have been accused of a perfectionist, wanting things done a certain way, but open (somewhat) to other ways. I like doing home fix-up projects and Larry offered to help with Mom's bathroom project, I wondered how we would work together. I'm sure Larry was thinking the same way.

Larry did a better job than I could have done. His approach to job, his careful attention to details and the way he worked was an education for me. I was truly impressed. We had a few other projects we were going to do. I will miss Larry and his gentle ways. God Bless and Keep you Larry!


Uncle Larry

It's hard to put into words the void felt whith the passing of of such a wonderful man, friend and who I loved as my brother. Larry always was one to help others. He had a way about him that would make you smile just to be around him, and with him all his friends were also his family. I miss seeing you and talking to you, GOB BLESS you my brother, my friend.

Larry Sr

Larry Jr. My wife and I were very saddened to hear of the passing of your Father and a very good friend of ours. We only knew Larry for about twelve to fifteen years, but found him to be a very likeable man. We first met Larry through our Son Daniel who I know thought the world of Larry. Larry also was a great help to our son in his business ventures with the houses. He also touched the lives of our nephews and grandson and his wife. It was ou pleasure to know this wonderful man. We also will miss him very much. David,Shirley Lerum.

Thank you

Larry Jr,

Your father was a amazing person, and I know that he was very proud of you. He will be dearly missed. I am so happy you are able to represent him so well with this website. These pictures bring back amazing memories. Thank you so much for all your hard work,I know this is not easy for anyone, especially you.

Larry Sr

My heart goes out to Larry's family, friends...he's leaving a huge void for all those who knew him. All the wonderful memories will help fill that void. He had an amazing talent at fixing and building things, a passion for the outdoors and a deep love of family. Find some peace in knowing that the Schwerzler family members you have lost recently are together again & watching over you!

Feeling Your Pain and Loss

Larry J and the rest of the Schwerzler Family -

I was deeply shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden loss of "Uncle" Larry. Theresa called me immediately after learning of his death. My heart is breaking for all of you. You have all had a year of loss. May you feel comfort and peace in the knowledge that Uncle Larry was so well-loved by so many people. Although Larry wasn't my own uncle, he treated me with the same love and kindness he showed for his nieces, Carol and Theresa. My life-long friendship with Theresa has given me numerous opportunities to share in the lives of the Schwerzler family - Uncle Larry included. His smiling eyes and contagious laugh will be deeply missed! Thank you, Larry J, for sharing the photos. You've done a beautiful job of chronicling the life of your dad!

Love and Prayers to all -
Brenda Barkley-Lunden

Uncle Larry

Larry J, we're so sorry for the sudden loss of your dad.

I've spent these past few days remembering him and was trying to find a special memory to share. I think the one that stands out the most for me, was when Carol and I were little and he would push us in that old tire swing at Grandma's. Without effort, it seemed like he could push us up to the clouds! And it didn't matter how many times we wanted him to push us, he always did.

I remember too that he was the "King of the Grill" -- bbq steaks or hamburgers was his forte.

l'll miss him calling Thomas, "Smiley Joe".

Uncle Larry touched so many lives and helped so many people. Even in death he was able to continue that legacy. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this tough time cousin. I love you and am here if you need anything.

Theresa, Tom and Thomas Boyle