George Cornell Schwaderer

Posted: Sunday, January 04, 2009

Former Juneau resident George Cornell Schwaderer, of Wasilla, died peacefully Dec. 21, 2008, at home surrounded by his family. He was 85.

He was born Aug. 19, 1923, in Saginaw, Mich., to James H. and Estella (Cornell) Schwaderer of Caro. He graduated from Michigan Tech with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering in 1948.

A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, he served as a petty officer on the staff of Admiral Chester W. Nimitz.

He was a professional civil engineer and professional land surveyor in Michigan, Alaska and West Virginia for more than 50 years. He was a fellow and life member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and a life member of the Alaska Society of Professional Land Surveyors.

In 1960, he moved his family to Juneau, where he worked for the Alaska Department of Highways. He became chief construction engineer after the earthquake in 1964.

In 1968, he moved to Beckley, W.Va., where he was assistant vice president for civil engineering at Gates Engineering.

He returned to Alaska in 1970 and was a partner in the Anchorage firm of Bomhoff & Associates, and Arctic Surveys. In 1976, he organized his own firm and formed a partnership with George R. Budka of Tonsina. In 1984, he moved his home and office to Wasilla, where he worked until retirement in 1999.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert W. Schwaderer, who lived in Big Rapids, Mich.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Geraldine Schwaderer, of Wasilla; daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Doug Dickinson, of Anchorage; son and daughter-in-law, Fred and Leslie Schwaderer, of Willow; daughter and son-in-law, Patty and Jim Robar, of Anchorage; grandchildren, Bridget and John Atchison, of Anchorage, Kevin and Christy Robar, of Ormond Beach, Fla., Cheryl and Kris Hartbauer, of Fairbanks, Hilary Schwaderer, of Palmer, and Gillian and Chris Wright, of Wasilla; and great-grandchildren, Lily and Tacy Atchison and Alexia, Colton and Baylor Wright.

No funeral is planned. Interment will be in Indianfields Township Cemetery in Caro, Mich.

Donations may be made to Mat-Su Regional Homecare and Hospice or to the charity of the donor's choice.

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