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William “Bill” Schwabauer

January 11, 2015

William “Bill” Schwabauer, 72, died on Sunday, January 11, 2015 at Newton Medical Center.


Bill was born on February 28, 1942 in Gossel, Kansas to Henry and Bertha Ruth (Decker) Schwabauer. He attended Sedgwick and Newton schools and then later served in the U.S. Army in the early 1960’s.


Bill married Sandy Bacon on January 19, 1979 in Newton, Kansas. He and his wife loved animals, enjoyed bird watching, feeding wild animals and caring for their dogs.  Sandra and Bill were married for thirty four years prior to her death in November of 2014.


Bill was a retired truck driver and an avid fisherman and lover of old cars (especially 1956 Chevy).He drove truck for Farmers Oil for twenty two years, Hesston Corporation for twelve years and fuel transport for Wenger Oil


Bill was survived by his children: Brandon Bacon and wife, Susan; Steve Bacon and wife, Crystal; and John Bacon and wife, Jessica; grandchildren: Shannon Kalal, Jaxon Bacon, John Truesdell (J.T.) Bacon, Sydney Bacon, Kyndal Bacon, and Josie Bacon; great grandchild: Bella Kalal; brothers: Loren and Brad Schwabauer.


He was preceded in death by his wife: Sandra Schwabauer: parents: Henry and Bertha Ruth Schwabauer.


A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at Petersen Funeral Home Chapel. There will not be a public visitation.  A graveside committal will be held at Greenwood Cemetery following the service.


A memorial has been set up for the Caring Hands-Humane Society of Newton. Petersenfamilyfuneralhome.com.

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9 thoughts on “William “Bill” Schwabauer

  1. May the feelings Bill experienced when he passed into heaven to be with Sandra…also provide comfort to his family and many friends who will miss him dearly.
    Kevin Seal

  2. We will all remember you with a smile and share good memories. Someday we will all meet again. Until then we will miss you.

  3. Bill, you were my friend for over 30 years. I’ll never stop missing you, but I’ll focus on the good times. Our trips to Colorado were always an annual highlight in my life. We would hand you the keys and away we would go, safely, with you behind the wheel. Yes, we fished and marveled at the scenery, but the best part was just being together with two of my best friends; Bill Schwabauer and Ron Larson. You left us too soon and oh how we miss you.

  4. Bill, the space in my life that you just made only lasted for a second because only people like you never leave. You’re my very loved friend and you just lead the rest of us! Because like my Dad before you, you are leading us to the highways of heaven. We will miss and love you forever Skirt Chaser…

  5. Sorry to hear of the loss of Bill. We got to know Bill many years ago. We enjoyed being around him laughing and joking. Bill will truly be missed. See you on the other side Roger and Debra Goebel

  6. Bill was always spinning those stories. Loved listening to him. He will be missed.

  7. Think of you often Bill, you were my first love. Our first date, was to Wichita ,to the Orpham Theater, You had that black 57 Chevy, with pin strip seats!
    Oh to go back to those days. Hugs!!

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