Kevin Jay Schwantz, 54 | Holdingford | 3/1/1965-3/15/2019

Kevin Jay Schwantz, 54 of Holdingford, passed away Friday, March 15, 2019 at the St. Cloud Hospital after a difficult battle with cancer.

Mass of Christian burial service was held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 20 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Opole. Visitation was Tuesday, March 19 from 4-8 p.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church and again Wednesday, March 20 from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Parish Prayers were at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Burial was in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Bertha Thursday, March 21 at 10:30 a.m. Arrangements are with Miller-Carlin Funeral Homes, Holdingford.

Kevin was born March 1, 1965 to Leslie and Betty (Boehland) Schwantz in Bertha. He grew up on the family dairy farm in Bertha and attended Bertha-Hewitt High School, graduating in 1983. He attended and earned his Associate Degree at St. Cloud Technical College. Kevin was united in marriage to Laura Fah at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bertha Aug. 10, 1985. The couple made their home in St. Cloud before moving to Holdingford in 1993. Kevin worked in sales for Marco for over 30 years before retiring in May, 2018. He enjoyed spending time with family, the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing trips with his siblings, golfing, playing cards, and was a devoted spectator at all of his daughter’s events. Kevin was enthusiastic about sports. He was active in the Holdingford Sports Boosters, serving as president for a time. He also enjoyed coaching basketball and softball. Kevin is a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, Opole, where he served on the planning board.

Kevin is survived by his wife Laura, of 33 years; daughters Brittany (Adam) Paasch of Duluth, Jessica (John) Sweep of Rice, and Cassandra Schwantz of Holdingford; his grandchildren Trenton, Kaylee, Riley, Jay, and a fifth grandchild arriving in early July; his mother, Betty of Bertha, and siblings Jerry (Rose) of Bertha, Steve (Connie) of North Port, Fla., Connie (Bob) Wenker of Hewitt, Mark (Carla) of Bertha, and Brian (Cami) of Ottertail; brothers-in-law Steve Fah of Wadena and Scott (Darlene) Fah of Hewitt; mother-in-law Cathy (Andy) Roberts of Wadena; and father-in-law Virgil Fah of Hewitt.

He is preceded in death by his father, Leslie Lawrence Schwantz.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.