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Forrest Victor Schwengels, II: Lt. Col. Forrest Victor Schwengels, II Lt. Col. Forrest Victor Schwengels, II

Memorial for Forrest Victor Schwengels, II

Born in Fort Worth, TX on May 3, 1945
Departed on Apr. 4, 2017 and resided in Oak Ridge, TN.
Receiving of Friends: Saturday, Apr. 8, 2017
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Funeral Service: Sunday, Apr. 9, 2017
5:00 pm
Cemetery: TN Veterans Cemetery
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Lt. Colonel Forrest Victor Schwengels II, USAF, retired, passed away on April 4, 2017 at the age of 71. Forrest was born on May 3, 1945 in Fort Worth, Texas to Forrest and Betty Schwengels. As the child of an Air Force officer, Forrest lived in numerous locations around the country and world as his father was assigned to various duty stations. At one such duty station in Bunker Hill, Indiana he met his future wife, Joyce. In 1964, he joined the United States Air Force and attended the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Following his graduation in 1968, he married his high school sweetheart Joyce and whisked her off to Alabama where he attended flight school. Soon after, he served in Vietnam as a pilot. Upon returning from the war, he went to The University of Alabama where he earned a Master's of Science in Engineering Management. During his 26-year career in the Air Force he was a pilot (C-7, T-37, A-37, OV-10), flight instructor, missile design engineer, forward air controller, and a computer network architect. After retiring in June 1990, he settled in Oak Ridge, TN and began working for Martin-Marietta as a network engineer at K-25. He worked in various roles including team lead, project technical lead, and finally section manager. He retired from B&W Y-12 in April 2013 after 23 years of company service. In his private life, Forrest was a loving husband to his wife, father to his four children, and grandfather to 12 grandchildren. He loved serving the Lord in his many callings as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His service included scout master, young men's advisor, counselor to the bishop, ward clerk, and stake clerk. Forrest and Joyce served a 2-year mission for their church at the Knoxville, TN Bishop's Storehouse as storehouse managers from August 2013-August 2015. He loved woodworking and spent many hours in his woodshop. Other hobbies include macramé, playing guitar, and spoiling grandchildren. He also enjoyed camping and travelling with his children and grandchildren. He is survived by Joyce Schwengels, his beloved wife of 48 years; their children Dawn, Forrest (Chip), Matthew, Steven, and their spouses; his 12 grandchildren; his sister Suzanne Schwengels, and brother Paul Schwengels. The family will receive friends on Saturday April 8, 2017 from 4 – 6 pm at Weatherford Mortuary, 158 S Jefferson Circle Oak Ridge, TN. Funeral Services will be held at 5 pm on Sunday, April 9, 2017 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 140 S Jefferson Circle Oak Ridge, TN. A private graveside service with full military honors will be held on Monday April 10, 2017 at East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in memorial to the Arthritis Foundation http://www.arthritis.org/donate.php. Please sign the online guest book at www.weatherfordmortuary.com.


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