Lemley Chapel
Serving Sedro-Woolley &
All of Skagit County Since 1935
1008 Third Street
Sedro-Woolley, WA
William  Schwer Memorial
William  Schwer Memorial

William Schwer

William Schwer

Wednesday, August 19th, 2020

William George Schwer, 73, went home to his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, August 11, 2020, at the family home in Alger with his loving wife of 52 years by his side.

He was a Vietnam Veteran and spent 4 years in the U.S. Navy.  William started his career as a teenager in his dad’s shop, Ideal Machine, learning to be a Machinist.  He worked at Skagit Steel/Bendix, Uniflight, and Conoco/Philips Refinery.  When he retired he started his own shop, Alger Machine Works.

He was an avid lover of Buick cars, buying a 36 Buick Business Coup at the age of 16 and restored it to its former glory.

William (Bible Bill) was survived by his wife, Nancy Schwer; daughters, Martina Mott, Amee Schwer, Annie (William) Cory, Jocelyn Schwer; sons, William Andrew (Laura) Schwer, Matthew Schwer; grandchildren, Timothy Mott, Issac Harvie, Joseph Mott, Ken Schwer, Jocelyn Schwer, Jessica Schwer, Elizabeth Cory; 4 great-grandchildren; brother, John (Kathy) Schwer; sister, Mary Muir; nephew, Brian Schwer; “adopted” sons, Jesse Waldrip, Brandon Crandall, Jesse Pendell; numerous  cousins, and friends.

He is preceded by his parents; William L. and Margaret (Proulx) Schwer.

A Celebration of Williams life will be held on Sunday, August 30, 2020 at 1:00PM at the family home, followed by an ice cream social. Donations can be made to the Burned Children’s Recovery Foundation, 409 Wood Pl., Everett, WA 98203.  Share your memories of William and sign the online guest register.


  • Karen and Phil

    The best neighbor – kind, caring, and always willing to have a chat. He will be missed.

  • Joe and Kathy Hopkins

    Bill’s passing was quite a shock to us. We shared our love for 1936 Buicks as we both owned one of the same model. Prior to Covid-19, we used to go to old car swap meets together and enjoyed hunting for bargains. He and Nancy, Kathy and I used to plan and conduct car tours for the local Buick club. We had lots of fun together. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  • Darrell Cowan

    You’ll be missed my friend. Always enjoyed talking and working with you, during our working career at the refinery.

  • Terry & Linda Bennett

    Condolences, we are in total shock to loose such a dear friend. Bill and Terry were in the Navy together stationed on the same ship. We all became good friends and stay in contact all these years. He was a wonderful person and will be very greatly missed by all of us. Love, thoughts and prayers go out to Nancy and family.

  • Connie Chavez

    I am so sad for this loss. You will be truly missed Bill. My prayers to family. You were a great guy and enjoyed our friendship

  • Carolyn and Richard

    Dear Bill thanks for the friendship when apart for our car was needed you stepped right up. If Nancy needs anything we will be there.

  • Rorry and Keli Little

    We will never forget our time with Bill and you, Nancy, at church and bible study. Love yiu so much!

  • Paul Caldwell

    You will be missed. I enjoyed our conversations on Facebook! Glad we got to know each other!