Henry Schwemmer

Obituary of Henry Schwemmer

Henry Schwemmer, Jr. 84 of Schwenksville passed away Friday, April 20, 2018, at his residence. He was the beloved husband of the late Florence M. “Sue” (Schlesman) Schwemmer.

Born November 21, 1933, in Norristown he was a son of the late Henry and Anna (Estock) Schwemmer.

Hank, as he was known to most, spent some time on the basketball court in high school and in the Army, and later helped coach aspiring hoopsters at St. Mary's.  Over the years the Schwemmer homestead included horses, ponies, cattle, pigs, chickens, ducks, geese, a turkey, a goat, several dogs and innumerable cats.  When layoffs at Alan Wood Steel ended his 26-year career there, he became an auction buff, haunting Alderfer's Auction House and the Perkiomenville Auction and Flea Market, and eventually operating The Olde Factory, a rustic emporium for antiquities, oddities and – according to rumor – junk.  In later years, Hank found his greatest satisfaction in the company of his grandchildren, his brother-in-law (and partner-in-crime) Fred Decker, and his lovely, wise and gracious wife of 53 years, Sue.

He is survived by his children Henry Schwemmer III of Austin, TX, Susan Ann Schwemmer of Schwenksville, Michael Eric Schwemmer and his wife, Lori of Schwenksville, Stephen Kurt Schwemmer and his wife, Michelle, of Wellington, FL; his siblings, Dorothy “Dot” Decker, John Schwemmer; and his grandchildren Mason, Taylor, Jordan, and Kylee. 

He is preceded in death by his wife and by his sisters Elizabeth Leonard and Anna Dodd.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his memorial service at 11 AM on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at the R. L. Williams, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. Skippack Pike at Cedars Rd. Skippack, where friends may greet the family from 10-11 AM. Online condolences may be submitted to the family through our funeral home website.