Herman E. Schwabe, 89, A Proud American and Marine, currently residing at Masonic Village formerly 40 years of Independence Township where he was fondly known as “The Mayor”, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at Masonic Village. He was born in Bronx, New York on June 10, 1931, son of the late Herman J. and Amalia (Englehart) Schwabe. Herman leaves his wife Irene (Schuler) of 63 years and three children: daughter, Paula (Delbrocco) and husband Dante, sons, Jeffrey Schwabe, and wife Jade (Christianson) and H. Douglas Schwabe; brother of Arthur Schwabe and wife Jean of Palm Beach Gardens, FL and the late Paul Schwabe and the late Phyllis (Schwabe) Swift and surviving her husband Harold Swift; also, several loving nieces and nephews.
Herman was a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corp. He proudly served in the Korean War with Fox Company 2-5 1st Marine Division. He was a recipient of the Purple Heart with a Gold Star, landed on Inchon Beach, Korea and fought through to the Kimpo Airstrip where he was wounded twice.
After discharge from the Marine Corps, he was active in the Marine Corps Reserves. He went on to becoming an electrician and estimator in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local #501, which is now Local #3 of New York. He moved to Pennsylvania where he worked out of IBEW Local #712.
Herman was an active member of the Masons and a Past Master of the Blue Lodge in New York (Van Cortlandt Lodge #1034). Still has a membership with the Tarrytown Lodge in New York and also a member of Islam Grotto here in Pittsburgh. He was an active community member of Independence Township.
Herman was a big man with a big personality. He was highly regarded, giving and kind; all behind the scenes and never looking for the accolades. Herman was a non-assuming all around nice guy that was an inspiration to others. He had a quirky sense of humor, loved to tease you, and would have a good laugh with you. Herman will be missed by all of us.
Herman will be inurned at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. Arrangements by Copeland’s.
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