Don Schwemle

Forestburg

Don Schwemle, 74, of Forestburg, passed away Dec. 24, 2022, at Firesteel Healthcare Center in Mitchell. 

Services were held at Forestburg Lutheran Church, Saturday, Dec. 31, and viewing began one hour prior.

Donald Keith Schwemle was born in Mitchell on May 24, 1948, to Carl and Blanche Schwemle of Forestburg. He attended school at Forestburg High School and graduated valedictorian in 1966. Promptly following graduation, he moved to Rapid City to attend college at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, studying electrical engineering. In 1973, Don went to work for Control Data; one of his greatest accomplishments there was designing and programming machines to assemble circuit boards. In 1989, Don moved back across the state to work in Mitchell at Martin and Associates as lead software designer for telephone companies.  When he left that position in 2002, Don and his associates formed Firesteel Technologies in Mitchell, where he worked until 2019. 

Don was active in Forestburg Lutheran Church. He functioned as a deacon and trustee. Don also incorporated the Silver Creek Cemetery and served as its president through 2021.

Don’s greatest passion was amateur radio. He held the call sign AA0F with Extra Class license (highest FCC class). He was active in the Black Hills Amateur Radio Club through the 1980s and organized several HAM-fests. He also designed and built repeaters in the area and used these to help aid in disaster relief. In 1991, Don and some friends worked to form the South Dakota Amateur Radio Council (SDARC). This resulted in the construction of a linked VHF repeater system across South Dakota. Don was also instrumental in building a remote-controlled amateur station at Wessington Springs and maintaining several other stations in East-River South Dakota.

Don is survived by his brother, David Schwemle; four nieces; one nephew; and several grand nieces and nephews.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Blanche Schwemle; infant brother; and his sisters, Clara Schmidt and Phyllis Manke.

Comments are closed.

  • Weather

    Failure notice from provider:
    Connection Error:http_request_failed
  • Upcoming Events

    July 2024
    Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
    June 30, 2024 July 1, 2024 July 2, 2024 July 3, 2024 July 4, 2024 July 5, 2024 July 6, 2024
    July 7, 2024 July 8, 2024 July 9, 2024 July 10, 2024 July 11, 2024 July 12, 2024 July 13, 2024
    July 14, 2024 July 15, 2024 July 16, 2024 July 17, 2024 July 18, 2024 July 19, 2024 July 20, 2024
    July 21, 2024 July 22, 2024 July 23, 2024 July 24, 2024 July 25, 2024 July 26, 2024 July 27, 2024
    July 28, 2024 July 29, 2024 July 30, 2024 July 31, 2024 August 1, 2024 August 2, 2024 August 3, 2024
  • Recent Posts

  • Contact Us

    Ph/Fax: 605.796.4221
    Email: swj4221@icloud.com

    PO BOX 218
    Woonsocket, SD 57385
  • Archives