Urban August Schwebach left this life as he lived it, with ferocity to stay with family, friends and the farm. He lost his battle with renal failure and congestive heart failure the day before Father’s Day which somehow seems fitting as he was a great husband, father and grandfather. Urban or “Urb”, as he was known, was born on June 9, 1927 at Dell Rapids, SD to Joseph and Anna (Kottman) Schwebach.
He received his education at St. Mary’s School in Dell Rapids. After completing the eighth grade he was off to begin doing what he loved most, farming and hard work. He met the true love of his life, Rosemary Thielsen, and they were married on October 1, 1952 at Ss. Simon and Jude Catholic Church in Flandreau. They began farming southeast of Flandreau and in the spring of 1960 purchased a farm northeast of Flandreau where they have continued to live. Urb was a true entrepreneur and started several businesses to compliment the highs and lows of farming. He did custom corn shelling, combining, and he was most known for stack moving and hay grinding. He turned the hay grinding business over to one of his sons. The farming tradition continues to be carried on by his other son. Urb enjoyed working the ground, was happy when in a tractor and most happy when surrounded by family. Raising cattle – raising sheep – raising crops – raising his family: that was Urb, happy and hardworking. Urb was a member of Ss. Simon and Jude Catholic Church.
Urb is survived by his wife Rosemary, 3 children; Joe (Mary) Schwebach, Flandreau; Linda Schwebach, Flandreau; Tom (Marilyn) Schwebach, Egan; 4 grandchildren, Nicole, Alyson and Jared Schwebach, and Elizabeth (Nikolay) Typhina, 1 great-grandchild, Felix; 4 sisters, Mary Ann Loiseau, Egan; Helen Hattervig, Dell Rapids; Joan Brown, Summersville, WV; and Clare Hubert, Long Island, NY. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sisters, Isabella Schmidt and Cordula Williamson and a brother Joseph.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June, 23, 2016 at Ss. Simon and Jude Catholic Church with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:00 – 7:00 pm with a 7:00 pm Rosary at Skroch Funeral Chapel. On-line condolences may be left at Skroch Funeral Chapel.