John W. Schwegel, age 75

John W. Schwegel, age 75, beloved Father, Grandfather (Gramps) and Brother, passed away on July 17, 2020 after a long battle with heart failure.
John was born on February 25th, 1945 in Milwaukee, WI to John and Sylvia (Carlson) Schwegel. John moved to Ely, MN with his family as a young boy. He grew up with a love of the woods, camping, fishing, hunting and canoeing in the nearby BWCA. John went to Ely Junior College from 1963-1965, then graduated from University of Minnesota in Duluth in 1967. In October 1967, John served his country by joining the US Army. He served until May of 1969, with most of his service in Vietnam. In 1969, John was honorably discharged with a National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service and Campaign Medals, and an Army Commendation Medal. John was actively participating in and supporting veteran services and charities throughout his life.
John was an entrepreneur at heart, and after spending time in the banking industry, decided to branch off and successfully began a consulting business to banks throughout the state.
John had a love of adventure, cooking, and travel. Among some of his recent adventures were a caravan trip across New Zealand, house boating northern MN, exploring Yellowstone NP, and numerous fishing trips to Mexico. He loved to scuba dive, try new recipes and restaurants, boating (with a joy of towing his grandsons on a tube) and riding his motorcycle on many cross-country adventures.
John was a social butterfly who loved to make people laugh. He was generous, thoughtful and loving, and always a man of his word. His moral compass was a constant in his life, he was a true man of honor. He will be dearly missed by many.
John was a devoted father to his daughters, Melissa (Sean) Ferrel of Encinitas, CA and Lindsay Schwegel of Maple Grove, MN. He is also survived by his two grandsons, Trystin (10) and Kaiden (9); and by 2 sisters, Marianne Jasper of Scottsdale, AZ and Marge (Tom) Erzar of Ely, MN, and by many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Charles.
A private memorial service will be held at the Veterans National Cemetery, Fort Snelling. We invite those who wish to honor John to donate to a non-profit he supported called Every Third Saturday ( with the mission of providing essentials, purpose and faith to homeless veterans.
One of the last things Dad told us was “You two are the best thing that ever happened to me.” Dad, you gave us your all, and you were so brave, so selfless, and so full of love. It is us who are truly blessed to have you as our father.