SYRACUSE – Stephen Allen Schwartz, 71, of Syracuse, died in his home on Saturday, April 13, 2019, at 6:12 a.m.

Steve was born on Dec. 11, 1947, in Bluffton. He was the youngest of three sons born to Wendell “Bill” and Doris Elzey Schwartz. He graduated from Indiana University and served in the U.S. Navy for four years.

On Aug. 4, 1973, Steve married Patricia Moyer from Fort Wayne, and together they had two sons.

After working in the food brokerage business for 46 years, he retired from Peer Food Group on May 22, 2018.

Steve was a dedicated member and leader at Calvary United Methodist Church in Syracuse. Besides being an active church leader, he was passionate about singing and especially loved leading the children’s choir. He also served on the board of the Papakeechie Protective Association.

Steve enjoyed camping with his family and dogs, visiting state and national parks, hiking, kayaking and bicycling.

He is survived and will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Patty; son, Brian (Rosalyn) Schwartz of Leesburg, and son, Cliff Schwartz of Minneapolis, Minn.; and two grandchildren, Isabel and Samuel Schwartz, who always brought a huge smile to their grandpa’s face. Steve is also survived by two brothers, Ron (Dian) Schwartz, Crown Point, and Dave (Jo) Schwartz, Syracuse, who were his best friends.

Visitation will be at Calvary United Methodist Church, 801 S. Huntington St., Syracuse, from 10 a.m. until noon April 19. A celebration of life service will be at noon.

Eastlund Funeral Home, Syracuse, is handling arrangements.

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Memorials to Calvary United Methodist Church and/or Sleep in Heavenly Peace (building beds for children without one - organized through Calvary UMC).