Melvin Roy Schwark, 64, a resident of Wasco, Ore., and formerly of Lyle, Wash., died May 9, 2014. Mel was born in Wisconsin to Lucille Beneke and Clarence Schwark Sr. on June 9, 1949.
Mel served in the United States Air Force as a chief mechanic. He spent many years as a long-haul truck driver and mover and was able to see all of the continental 48 states. He spent the last 16 years driving semi for J&L Transport and JWR Trucking Company.
Mel’s desire to be useful, reliable and helpful was equally matched by his kind, humble and gentle character. This was a guy who could strap a refrigerator to his back and haul it up a flight of stairs, then set it down to help hold a grandbaby and pet the dog that was desperately vying for his attention. He was completely adored by his friends and family.
Mel is predeceased by his parents, Lucille Beneke and Clarence Schwark; brother Ray; and sister, Lucille.
He is survived by brothers Clarence Jr. and Arthur; sister Evelyn Yahr; son Steve and his wife, Kristen Schwark; grandchildren Aiden, Nolen and Coen; ex-spouse, Teresa Everist and children Jennifer Case and husband Arnie, son Tenneyson, James Howitz and son Taaun of Vancouver, Wash.
We would also like to mention the friends who were as close as family he leaves behind, John and Laurie Williams and their children.
Memorial services will be held at Bob’s Texas T-Bone, 101 E First St., Rufus, OR 97050, at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 17.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit andersonstributecenter.com to leave a note of condolence for family.
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