Daniel Joseph Schwarz was born April 29, 1956, in Le Mars, the son of Marvin and Alvira (Vaske) Schwarz. He attended grade school at Gehlen Catholic Schools in Le Mars until the family moved near Marcus in 1968. Dan finished his education at Marcus High School, graduating in 1975. He enlisted in the United States Army Reserve and proudly served his country until earning his honorable discharge in 1979.
Following the service, Dan took a position at Sands of Iowa. He later worked for Tom Dorr at Pine Grove Farms. His most recent job was with Tyson Foods in Cherokee until a stroke forced him to retire in 2008.
Dan was a member of Holy Name Catholic Church in Marcus.
He enjoyed refurbishing antique machinery and automobiles, sandblasting and was an avid NASCAR fan.
He will be lovingly remembered by his mother, Alvira Schwarz of Marcus; sisters, Ann and Norman Spooner, of Spencer, Mary Koerselman, of Maurice, Jean and Ervin Schmidt, of Milford, and Sara and Scott Paine, of Cottage Place, Wash.; brothers, John and Connie Schwarz, of Cherokee, Mike Schwarz, of Marcus, Bill and Kim Schwarz, of Cleghorn, and Leo Schwarz ,of Marcus; 10 nieces; seven nephews; three great-nieces; two great-nephews; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, Marvin on June 24, 1997; a brother, Keith Schwarz; a brother-in-law, Byron Koerselman; and a nephew, Kelly Schwarz on May 17, 2011.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Holy Name Catholic Church in Marcus. The Rev. Daniel C. Guenther will celebrate Mass. Burial will follow at the parish cemetery. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Earnest - Johnson Funeral Home in Marcus. A rosary service will take place at 3 p.m., with the family will be present from 5-8 p.m. and a scriptural prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will resume at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday at the church.
Memorials may be directed to the Marcus Fire and Rescue Department or the American Heart Association.
Expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com.