BLOOMINGTON — Warren W. Schwulst, 98, of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., formerly of Bloomington, passed from this life Thursday (May 2, 2019) at his home.
He is survived by his brother, John (Susan) Schwulst; sister, Joan Blake; as well as his five children, Suzanne (Steve) Gandy, Paul (Barbara) Schwulst, Janet (Jason) Popelka, Mary (Mike) Falk and Kevin (Sue) Schwulst; 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by sister-in-law, Martha Pitts; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.
He was born Feb. 11, 1921, in Gilman, to Carl F. Schwulst Sr. and Cornelia (Wiegand), and was raised in Bloomington with his brother, Carl Jr., and sister, Phyllis (Benton). After his mother died, Alma Marie (Wittrock) became his dear stepmother, and sister, Joan (Blake), and brother, John, joined the family.
He attended the University of Illinois and studied architecture. His studies were interrupted by his service in 1945-1946 in the Japanese occupation where he was a first lieutenant in the Army Air Corps. Warren married Anna Jane (Wilcox) on May 1, 1945, in McLean, while on military leave. After his military service, he returned to college and graduated in 1947, with a degree in architectural engineering.
After graduation, Warren joined the family business, Schwulst Lumber and Coal Company in Bloomington, with his father, Carl Schwulst Sr., and brother, Carl Jr. He facilitated the transition of the company to a manufacturing center for floor and roof trusses, changing its name to Schwulst Building Center. In 1979, he became an Illinois licensed architect and became the company's president in 1983. Warren and Anne raised their five children in Bloomington and moved to the Crestwicke Country Club area in 1970. In 1992, they moved to New Smyrna Beach, Fla. Warren and his beloved wife were married 61 years before she died in 2007. Warren was an avid golfer, playing well into his 90s.
After moving to Florida, he embraced technology, learning to use architectural design software and staying in touch with family and friends via email and social media until his mid 90s.
He will be remembered as one who cared deeply about his family, had a sense of humor, and believed that a person should nurture his or her faith in God.
On Monday, Warren will be laid to rest at a private burial. Public visitation, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, and a memorial service, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., will be at the Funks Grove Chapel. Friends and neighbors are invited to join the family for the visitation and memorial service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Home Sweet Home Ministries, 303 E. Oakland Ave., Bloomington, IL 61701. Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home, Bloomington, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Condolences and memories of Warren may be shared with the family at kiblerbradyruestman.com.