Clarence SchwienPella, Iowa
June 2, 1928 – May 24, 2017
Age 88

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May 24, 2017
Pella, Iowa 


Noon, Saturday, May 27, 2017
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First Baptist Church
Pella, Iowa


1:00 P.M., Saturday, May 27, 2017
First Baptist Church
Pella, Iowa


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Wife:  Betty Schwien, Pella

Children: Sherry and David Lee, Cedar Rapids
Janeen and Ronald Eastwood, Pella
Richard and Vicki Schwien, Moyie Springs, Idaho
John Schwien, Des Moines


Clarence Sherman Schwien was born June 2, 1928, in Boone, Iowa, to August and Carrie (Sherman) Schwien.  He passed away at Comfort House in Pella, on May 24, 2017, surrounded by family.

He was a 1946 graduate of Boone High School.  Clarence enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in WWII and the Korean War.

Clarence was united in marriage to Betty Nystrom on September 22, 1949, in Boone, Iowa.  They were blessed with four children:  Sherry, Janeen, Richard and John. 

Early in Clarence’s career he was a carpenter and cabinet maker.  For many years Clarence and Betty owned and operated the Travelodge Motel in Mason City, Iowa.  They have a time-share in Mazatlán, Mexico, where they made annual trips for several decades. Many family members still enjoy spending time there too. Clarence and Betty also spent many winters living in Arizona.  Clarence enjoyed spending time outdoors, loved classic cars, and most of all he loved visiting with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  He told many tales of his first jobs as a paper boy and ice cream maker at the Boyd Dairy.  It was during this time he developed his great love of ice cream – and may have eaten half the profits!

Clarence is survived by his wife of nearly 68 years, his children and their families: 

                    Sherry and David Lee, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
                                         Nancy and Aaron Ford
                                                             James Vandivier
                                                             Nicholas Ford
                                                             Benjamin Ford
                                         Andrea and Matthew Powers
                                                             Ava and Azure

                    Janeen and Ronald Eastwood, Pella, Iowa
                                         Kalen and Kurt Ludwig
                                                             Jules Ludwig
                                         Kyle and Amy Eastwood

                    Richard and Vicki Schwien, Moyie Springs, Idaho

                    John Schwien, Des Moines, Iowa 

He is also survived by his sister Marjorie Schwien of Des Moines, Iowa.

Clarence was preceded in death by his parents August and Carrie Schwien his sister Catherine Monroe, and his brother Vern Schwien.