Wayne John Schwitters


Wayne John Schwitters, age 77, died at his home in Willmar, MN, on August 14, 2020, surrounded by his wife, his children, and grandchildren. The cause of death was a severe stroke.

Wayne was born August 26, 1942, to Herman and Fannie (Peters) Schwitters of Clara City, MN. He was baptized and made profession of his faith at Bunde Christian Reformed Church. He grew up on the farm with his four brothers and lifelong friends: Delwin, Lowell, Eugene & Robert. He graduated from Clara City High School with the class of 1960. On December 29, 1964, he was married to Janice Niemeyer (August Fredrick Niemeyer and Adeline (Ziehl) Niemeyer) at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Clara City. They established their home south of Clara City.

Wayne farmed in the Clara City area until 1999 while being a serial entrepreneur, self-taught designer, mechanical engineer, fabricator, and innovator. After selling the farm, he earned a living through real estate investments. 

Wayne’s identity was rooted in his faith and rests in the hearts and lives of his beloved wife, six children, nineteen grandchildren, and many who had the chance to cross his path. He loved his family, his church, making memories and encouraging the people around him – especially his children and grandchildren. He loved to laugh and sing.

He is survived by his wife Jan, and children: Cindy Roelofs (Scott) of Raymond, Stacey Turnquist (Dale) of Maple Grove, Chad (Sheila Knapper) of Minneapolis, Kim Bristle (Steve) of Raymond, Clint (Jennifer Meints) Spicer, and Mitch (Laura Don) of Willmar; and his 19 grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by Herman and Fannie Schwitters (father and mother) and his brother Eugene Schwitters.

Wayne John Schwitters leaves a legacy of love, kindness, faith, encouragement, joy and courage. A life meaningfully lived. Well done. Well run.

A Celebration of Life is planned for Saturday, August 22, 2:00 p.m. at Bunde Christian Reformed Church. Interment will follow the service at the Bunde Cemetery. Livestream available at under the publications tab.

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