Bruce David Schweda, Lawrence, was born August 29, 1949 in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of Frank August Schweda and Margaret Oakley Schweda. He graduated Lawrence High School in 1967 and joined the Navy shortly after. When Bruce completed his service, he returned to Lawrence and worked at Hallmark Cards. Bruce was one of the lucky ones who was able to retire at the youthful age of 55.
Bruce was an avid hunter, passionate harmonica player, and enthusiastic F-Word user. His colorful and filter-free wit kept everyone on his or her toes. While Bruce wasn’t protecting Lawrence from an over-population of wild animals, he enjoyed watching American Idol, spending time with his five grandchildren, and reading any book on Star Wars (although he did morbidly joke that he was a happy that he wouldn’t live to see Disney butcher their planned Star Wars movie).
Bruce was survived by his son, Kenneth Schweda-Stoskopf, Ken’s husband, Evan, Ken’s ex-wife Jennifer Schweda, and their three children, Maddie, Tristan, and Hayley, Bruce’s daughter, Kristi Schweda-Rojas, her husband, Juan, and their two children, Elizabeth and Frank, the love of Bruce’s life and long time girlfriend, Melody Ash, Bruce’s older brother, Brian Schweda, and his five children, Katie, Chris, Brandon, Faith, and Eric, Bruce’s late older brother Frank’s five children, Jeff, Marvin, Mary Anne, Tom, Cheryl, and Bruce’s ex-wife Helen Schweda.
Bruce was preceded in death by his parents and brother Oakley.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Bruce’s name to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in care of the Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana, Lawrence, KS 66044.